How Clean is your Water, Carry your Own Gun, Protection from bears, and doing it yourself

We are now proud owners of over 40 acres of wilderness. You can read all about our plans and adventures here. Needless to say, there is a lot of work ahead and a lot of danger.

We will be digging two sand point wells next spring. That water will be used at our hunting shack and in our orchard. Eventually, it may even be used to water our animals. So I want to be sure that it's clean! Of course, it will be filtered by the Earth, but that doesn't mean it's safe to drink.

Lucky for us, we received this packet of water testers:

We have two wells to test and I'd like to test the water quality of both of our lakes (the big and the little!) Who knows what's in there. If the water is clean, then it's safe to eat the wild rice, fish, and waterfowl that live there. If not....then we have more work ahead. I will be bringing them to check the water quality over the next few weeks and will update this article when I get a chance to use them.

These water test strips test for lead, bacteria, pesticides, nitrates, nitrites, chlorine, pH and hardness. 

Water is a big deal - but so is wildlife. I'm not used to being snuck up on by black bears, coyotes, and deer. I plan to carry a weapon, but I also plan to work!

Nothing is more frustrating than being physically limited and traditional holsters prevent me from running, sitting, and bending. So I am super excited about this belly gun holster.

Access is a little more annoying than having the gun in your waist, but it's easier than having it in your bra or under your armpit. I plan to wear this while I'm planting trees, digging wells, and riding around on my property.

I also plan to wear this when I get my conceal and carry permit in the city/suburbs. I think the print is worse than with a waist carry but in sweater/coat weather, it shouldn't matter.

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