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I am learning how to knit. Also learning to dehydrate foods, and pressure canning.
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I make knives, study herbalism, and am getting in to bonecarving and scrimshaw.
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Bartering, buying and selling at garage sales, gun shows, farmers market and craigslist.

and sitting on a stump watching the chickens.
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Hell, this stuff IS my hobby! :D

Seriously gang, I'm not betting the farm on this, just in case something unforeseen happens and the world doesn't go bust.

Sorry, but there it is.
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A few more for the list...
Sewing, quilting, knitting, crochet, weaving, spinning,embroidery. I also like to watch you tube videos, to improve upon and learn new skills.

When we have a home repair/project I often get up early and watch a video on that subject if it's something we don't do often. I find those video's quite helpful for making a list of what tools and supplies we may need. After viewing a video I usually get the tools and supplies out then start breakfast. This usually works well for getting the project flowing quick and easy and dh sure appreciates having stuff ready to go before hand.
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Painting, or drawing. Time goes really fast when you are doing these things. It also trains your mind to see details, which helps in hunting, scouting, etc.

Working out is also a good "hobby". When you're bored, get on your face and do some push ups.

Tinkering with mechanical things is lots of fun.

Learning to play an instrument is a good thing too.
I agree with all of that except working out. I do like cycling though.

My spare time is spent tinkering with almost anything I can lay my hands on.

Playing guitar is fun but building them is even more fun for me. So far I've only been rebuilding cheapo pawn shop guitars but this winter I'm doing my first scratch build "Just for me" guitar.
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This thread is right up my alley! I've been a lifelong tinkerer and hobbyist. I love working with my hands. I've dabbled in leatherworking, blacksmithing, bladesmithing, building and playing a variety of musical instruments, primitive crafts and skills, food preservation, history and the study of old ways of doing things, antique collecting and restoration, gardening, camping and hunting, etc, long before I became a survivalist. I'm currently a gunsmith. I've always loved inventing things and creating solutions with whatever I have on hand. Whether mechanical, electrical, or just from whatever I can scavenge.

It just fits my mindset. I guess that made the transition into survivalism a smooth one for me. A lot of it was based on things I already enjoyed, understood, or at least had a passing familiarity with.

The hilarious part is that preparedness itself is not a hobby to me. To be honest, I do not enjoy it. I even resent that I feel the need to do it. But of course, it just makes sense to do. I sort of feel the same way about reloading ammo. I love shooting, but reloading is just another chore like cleaning. Things that I have to do in order to be able to shoot.
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Candle making, I collect cookbooks, drying herbs, dehydrating food, canning jams and jellies,
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Great post, thanks.

I think there is something else that is important that I haven't seen on here yet. I think it is important to join some service clubs in the community in order to make friends and connections in the area. I joined the masonic lodge a year ago and now I have dozens of extra people that care if I live or die.
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Cross-Fit Workouts, advanced EMT, building trauma bags, welding, gunsmithing (basic), tactical shooting, reloading (just starting), working on Jeep TJ, camping.

Looking at going back to school to become a RN.
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Wow! Lots of good hobbies....

For myself: electronics (ham radio), mechanical tinkering, hiking, shooting/reloading, collecting old tools and books, raising rabbits and chickens.
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I crochet, make candles, make buddy burners, and read this board
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Prepping in and of itself is a hobby. You guys do know the world probably isn't going anywhere right?
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Painting, or drawing. Time goes really fast when you are doing these things. It also trains your mind to see details, which helps in hunting, scouting, etc.

Working out is also a good "hobby". When you're bored, get on your face and do some push ups.

Tinkering with mechanical things is lots of fun.

Learning to play an instrument is a good thing too.
I was also going to suggest some hobbbies not directly and obviously related to survival, yet also not dependent on technology or having lots of extra $$$.

There will be a mental health aspect of SHTF too, and having some artistic ability will be useful to entertain others, and to save yourself from going nuts. I think it is also good to take a break now from constantly thinking about honing survival.

Don't misunderstand me--I agree hunting, gardening, sewing, etc. are all worthwhile, just that I see value in not being in SHTF mode all the time.
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Has Hiking not been mentioned? That can be combined with a lot of other hobbies and with or without a disaster it's important to stay in good physical condition.


Oh, and cooking with food storage, and couponing . . . even crazy couponing, even though ever since the economy tanked it hasn't been so great.
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So you are sitting around the house, nothing is on TV, no new or exciting news on the internet,,,,, what do you do?

You could always play some Skyrim or Left 4 Dead 2. But Left 4 Dead 2 is getting old.

What hobbies can survivalist get into that will help improve our long term SHTF survival skills?

Coin Collecting


Most of us handle money in shape for or fashion just about everyday. Why not get into coin collecting so you can start stockpiling silver and other valuable coins?

Silver and gold have been recognized as being valuable for thousands of years. At one time the US dollar was backed by gold, but now its just backed by a promise. If that promise ever falls through it would be good to have some kind of money that has a real physical value.

Ever though they are getting very rare, from time to time I find a pre-1965 quarter in my change. When I find silver coins they go into storage.

Years ago I used to take my kids down to a pawn shop in Orange Texas to buy them silver dollars and half-dollars. I was trying to teach my children the value of real money. Times change, things change, we moved away from Bridge City and Jasper Texas. The local pawn shops around here do not sell silver coins.

Reloading


Depending on how much you shoot and what calibers you shoot, you may or may not be able to save money by reloading.

Twenty years ago a case of Russian 7.62×39 hollow points sold for around $89.

It would be impossible to reload 1,200 rounds of 7.62×39 for less then $89.

During the past 20 years prices have gone up, but 7.62×39, 223 Remington and 7.62x54R are still cheap.

Reloading allows people to do is stockpile resources to reload after SHTF. Reloading also allows people to stockpile ammunition while flying under the radar. Worried about the government tracking ammunition purchase? Get into reloading.

Gardening

What hobby could be related to surviving SHTF / TEOTWAWKI then gardening?



Most grocery stores keep around 3 days worth of food in the warehouse, this is on top of receiving daily shipments. When panic buying kicks in, most grocery stores will cleaned out in a matter of hours, instead of days. When the grocery stores are empty, how are you and your family going to get fresh fruits and veggies?

Gardening is probably one of the most rewarding hobbies survivalist can take up. Its an easy way to spend family time, and raising your own food teaches children and children valuable life lessons.

There is no more virtuous labor, then to work the soil.

Thomas Jefferson once said – “Cultivators of the earth are the most virtuous and independent citizens.”

Wildlife Photography

This might sound crazy, but wildlife photography is an excellent way to hone your hunting skills. If you can get close enough to an animal to take its picture, you are also within firearm range.



Wildlife photography allows the survivalist to hunt wild game all year long, but with a camera instead of a firearm.

Out taking pictures of wild hogs, deer and small game on public hunting lands, you run into someone or a game warden, they ask what you are doing, you show them your camera and say you are a wildlife photographer.

Keep track of what animals you see, when and where, and before long you have an idea of how wildlife is moving where you would be hunting after SHTF / TEOTWAWKI.

Wildlife photography gives you an excuse to be in the woods all year long, and nobody is going to suspect anything.

Fishing

Falling right in there with gardening and hunting, there is fishing. Fishing is an excellent way to spend time with the family and develop excellent long term SHTF survival skills.

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There is an old saying, “give a man a fish, and you feed him for a day; teach a man how to fish, and you feed him for life.” Teaching children how to fish is an essential life skill.

Fishing supplies could also be a good barter item during a long term SHTF situation. Its not like stainless steel hooks and lead weights expire after a few years.

Hunting

We have discussed fishing and tracking wild game, so why not hunting?

Most states have some kind of hunting lands set-aside for the public. These public hunting lands can provide a lot cost option for parents wishing to introduce their children to hunting.



Here in Texas we can hunt wild hogs all year long by any legal means, all you need is a hunting license – be sure to check your local hunting regulations.

One of the good things about public hunting lands, nothing permanent can be put out there, such as no feeders or large stands.

Some public hunting lands have certain restrictions, such as muzzleloader only, or bow only. Those restrictions provide an opportunity to introduce children to primitive hunting techniques.

Some other random hobbies:

Sewing
Cooking
Woodworking
Target shooting
Blacksmithing
Gunsmithing
Gun collecting
Naturialist clubs
Welding
Camping
Candle making

Antique Collecting

Need an excuse to collect butter churns, plows, farm equipment, cross-cut saw and other tools used by our forefathers? You are not a prepper, you are an antique collector.

Around December 2011 my wife and I bought an electric meat grinder. What good does an electric meat grinder do without electricity? I got on ebay and was surprised by how many hand powered antique meat grinders were for sale.

The more we know about how early settlers survived living off the land, the better equipped survivalist will be.

If you have a truck and a plow, then you can plow a field. This will buy you some time to find a plow horse. Have an old plow in the corner of the shed, oh that old thing, its just something I picked up at a flea market, I thought it looked cool.

Butter churn sitting in the corner of the dining room makes for a good conversation piece.

Conclusion

We have talked about hunting, tracking, gardening, fishing and general homesteading, what did we forget to mention?
you actually covered alot of things I do for fun and hobbies but I dont collect things like tools i get things that are usable not will look good till the time comes.

and aside from hunting/fishing I love photography and ill see your pig and raise you a bear
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i like going into the remote parts of the smokey mountians one three to four day trips and take pics
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Fishing and gardening are considered hobbies? I thought that those were necessary to sustain life?!

I will say music also. It soothes the savage beast, right?! Who knows, maybe I'll even find the time to finally master a few Bach pieces. If only to have Aria be the last piece of music I ever hear.
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