Mountain Woman Radio

Mountain Woman Radio

Mountain Woman Radio - Tammy Trayer

Mountain Woman Radio is available every Wednesday either on our website or iTunes.

Mountain Woman Radio is  loaded with inspiration, encouragement and knowledge on self-reliance, preparedness, sustainability, homesteading, off-grid living, wilderness survival, day to day life, autism, traditional and primitive skills, gardening, canning and so much more.  Not to mention, there are guests from all walks of life joining frequently to share their stories.

Not everyone is able to listen to podcasts due to poor internet connections and such, therefore,  we have created cd’s so that you can listen at your convenience as well as gift them if you feel so inclined.

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Trayer Wilderness Off-Grid Homestead Tour With Beyond Off Grid

Trayer Wilderness Off-Grid Homestead Tour With Beyond Off Grid


It was a great honor and privilege to be a part of the Beyond Off Grid Summit/Webinars.

As you all know, we feel very led to share our knowledge, skills and inspiration in these uncertain times.

We decided to give you a tour of our homestead, show you around a bit and offer some tips and tricks along the way.

If you missed the live presentation, you can catch the tour here.

If you are unfamiliar with our personal story, you can read more about us in detail here.

In this webinar, I will discuss the following topics:

  • Why we chose to go back to their roots
  • Why we chose a life with 100% solar power
  • How we built their homestead
  • How we embraced a frugal self-reliant lifestyle while letting God lead the way
  • How we raise animals, harvest wild game and forage from their surroundings
  • How we grow and preserve most of our own foods, and our future plans for growth
  • How we utilize our skills on our homestead and in making an income
  • How we feel traditional knowledge and primitive skills will keep us moving forward
  • How homeschooling and our lifestyle changed our son’s life


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What’s Your Threat? Our Threats Are Many, But Our Worries Are None…

What’s Your Threat? Our Threats Are Many, But Our Worries Are None…

What's your threat?What’s Your Threat? What’s the biggest threat to you and your family? Check out some amazing blogs and how they attack their biggest threats to being more prepared and more self-reliant!

I was very excited to opt-in with a bunch of my wonderful peers to write about “What’s Your Threat?” and I have to say it took me a while to wrap my head around this.  What really is my threat?

I feel this can vary a LOT based on your perspective!   Fear can play a big role, negative media, naysayers, our economy and so much more, but  I feel that as long as there is evil in this world there will be a threat of one kind or another not to mention the possibility of natural disasters.

My view on this subject may appear to be from behind the “Pink Shady Glasses”, but I also take my faith very strongly so I feel that if we have faith, trust and take it upon ourselves to prepare as much as we possibly can for all of our threats and as much as is humanly possible,  that is all we can do and is the best preparation!  Stay with me a while longer while I explain a bit further on this…

For those of you that are new to my page, my family and I have lived in the middle of the wilderness in Idaho, very traditionally off-grid for the last 4 years.  We started this venture in a canvas wall tent to which we lived for 8 1/2 months from spring to winter while we built our home on raw untouched wilderness land.   There was a foot of snow on the ground when we were able to move into our home.  It was the absolute BEST time of my life.  Why?  Because it could not have been simpler and we depended on our skills and knowledge to achieve our daily projects.

All our belongings were in a storage unit while we lived in the tent, we each had a tote with a few articles of clothing and our necessities.  The more I was in the tent the less I needed what was in the storage unit.  Today, as each day goes by – I eliminate more and more of our belongings because they really aren’t necessary.

I saw a quote yesterday that really seemed fitting of this post.

The secret of happiness, you see, is not found in seeking more, but in developing the capacity to enjoy less. – Socrates

Now I know that quote says the secret to happiness, but I feel this is also the secret to survival and the two can go hand in hand.  So I am going to make up my own quote…

The secret to survival, you see, is not found in seeking more, but in developing the capacity to need less. – Tammy Trayer

Less of the things you don’t need and more of the things that are important, including skills.  Don’t get me wrong, there are important things you will need to have and some in abundance, but the focus to me is learning to live simpler and to begin to practice this now.  I also feel that in addition to living simpler, knowing traditional and primitive skills could save you in most natural and man-made disasters, if not all of them.  We live this way day to day currently, using traditional and often times primitive skills on our homestead and each day learning new things and increasing both our knowledge and the necessities that we will need to have on hand.

Our vacations as a family is heading into the wilds with our packs on our backs, setting up camp and living off the land for 3 or more days.  During this time we enjoy each other’s company, fine tune our skills, learn new skills and thoroughly love our surroundings.

Here in Idaho, a big threat is forest fires.  We have a plan in place in the event that a fire would be heading in our direction.  Being prepared and having a plan is half the battle.  If our plan were to fail and we were to lose everything, I know my family would be ok.  It would be devastating, but we do not put a lot of value on personal physical possessions and we live currently with less.

Our move here was in an effort to be more prepared and in a good location and in doing so, this has provided us with a freedom that nearly eliminates the worry.

Let’s talk about some of the things we do here on our homestead and the things we have put a lot of thought into.


If anything were to ever happen to our well, we live close to water.  Knowing how to filter and sterilize water is an important skill to which everyone should know.  You can only go without water for 3 days.

Foraging, Raising, Growing and Harvesting

We currently forage, harvest, raise and grow all our own produce and meats.   We feel it is an important skill to know how to identify plants in the wild, how to hunt and trap your own meats, how to raise your own animals, how to grow your own garden and save the seeds.  When there is no longer food available to you, where will you turn?

Food and Alternative Methods of Food Storage

We hunt as a family and put up as much food as we possibly can each year.  We butcher and process all our own meats.  We utilize everything from the animal – lard, sinew for cordage, bone broth, heart, liver, bones for tools and arrows, brains and the hides.  This past year we canned 113 quarts of venison for our canning shelves and had a moose in the freezer.  We built a log smoke house to cure our meats in the event that we would no longer have a freezer accessible to us and also for the taste.  Knowing alternative methods of preserving your food is important, from curing, dehydrating, canning, pickling and even storing some foods in a root cellar.  In addition, we purchase all our food in bulk and we no longer eat any processed food.  Everything we eat we make, including our condiments and therefore we purchase large bulk quantities of  raw ingredients to which we continue to keep replenished and well stocked.

My survival pack includes heirloom seeds as does my food supply.  If you have heirloom seeds you can grow food for yourself and save the seeds each year.

In addition to growing produce we also grow and forage our herbs for teas, tinctures and other medicinal purposes which we also incorporate with essential oils.

Useful Skills

As I mentioned above we utilize the hides from the animals we harvest by brain tanning them and making bags, shoes, clothing and varying other projects.  We know how to make traditional and primitive tools for all purposes and the Mountain Man is a blacksmith which is a great skill to have in making all sorts of things that may be necessary for our survival.  He currently makes our knives, tomohawks, gardening tools, etc.  I make our soaps, personal hygiene products and cleaning products.


As a family, we have made a traditional log smoke house and a traditional log guest house by hand.  We are very versed on varying types of shelters and when we are out in the wilds for a day of fun we work on fine tuning these skills and are continuously learning how to build different types.

Important Survival Skills

Knowing how to build a fire using primitive, traditional and modern methods is very important.  You never know what situations you may be in and how limited your supplies may be.  Even here on our homestead we have essentials in our pockets and on our person that would get us by if for some reason something happened.  Those items would include a lighter,  paracord, knives, a handgun, extra shells, etc.  Having just those simple items we could do a lot.


Preparedness for us is a lifestyle to which I would not trade for anything.  Our lifestyle allows me to see the threats, but also feel comfortable with our preparation and removes the worry.  I encourage you to get rid of the fear and worry and just embrace your dreams and being more prepared.  If you are waiting for the perfect time or waiting until you have a certain amount of money, good chance that just won’t happen.  If you are new to this, you may be overwhelmed and not sure where to start.  My suggestion is to start out slow.   For example, take $5, $10, $20 a week (whatever you can afford) and start stocking up on bulk food items such as rice, dried beans and even canned goods to get you started.  Look in the sales flyers each week to see where your money could best be spent.

Start looking in the thrift stores and antique shops for some of the equipment you may need.  I found an antique hand crank meat slicer last week for $12.00 that is in perfect working order and will add to our butchering tools.  Look for sales on items you are in need of,  go to sales, auctions and look on craigslist.

If you need additional help, we are always an email away at or feel free to leave a comment below.  We are always happy to help.

I am really glad that you joined me today here at Trayer Wilderness and my hope is that you have gotten something from the information that I have shared here.

On just a little side note, our son is high functioning autistic and has overcome 98% of his autism tendencies with our lifestyle.  I share this because we love to share our success stories with those that may be in need.  We homeschool and have helped our son with a 100% gluten free and casein free diet for the last 10 years as well as natural remedies such as essential oils, herbs and supplements.   If this may apply to you, feel free to reach out to us.  We would love to be able to help you in any way that we can.

Feel free to subscribe to our newsletter in the sidebar and if I might ask you a question or two before you leave…

What is holding you back?   What is your biggest struggle or fear?  Is there something you might be seeking help or more knowledge on?

If you have an answer to any of those questions, please either emails me personally or leave me a comment below.  I would really love to hear from you!

Thank you again for joining me!  Be sure to visit the other bloggers below for additional information!


God Bless you and yours!

Tammy Trayer ♥ †

What's Your Threat? What's the biggest threat to you and your family? Check out some amazing blogs and how they attack their biggest threats to being more prepared and more self-reliant!
Push Past the Fear and Just Do It!! – Mom with a PREP

Living in Tornado Alley – The Busy B Homemaker

{Forest Fire Safety} – Mama Kautz

Why You Need Food Storage – Food Storage Moms

Break in the Supply Chain – Homestead Dreamer

Economic Downturn – Apartment Prepper

Drought! – Ever Growing Farm

Medical Emergencies at Home – Preparedness Mama

Surviving a Tornado – Survival at Home

Wildfire – Cooke’s Frontier

Rising Food Prices – Common Sense Homesteading

Economic Collapse – Timber Creek Farms

A Personal Job Loss Situation – Food Storage Made Easy

7 Tips for Keeping Your Family Together in an Emergency – Food Storage & Survival

Massive Blackout– Trailerpark Homestead

How to Overcome a Lack of Motivation to Prepare – Home Ready Home

The Unexpected – Are We Crazy, Or What?

Our Threats Are Many, But Our Worries Are None – Trayer Wilderness

Food Storage Without a Plan – My Food Storage Cookbook

Hurricanes and Nor’Easters – Backyard Pioneer

Hurricanes (What I Wish I Knew Before it Hit!) – Prepared-Housewives

A Financial Disaster – The Surival Mom

Staying Off the Radar – Geek Prepper

Everything Becomes Too Expensive – Beyond Off Grid

Emergency Release of a 330 Conibear using the Rope Trick

Emergency Release of a 330 Conibear using the Rope Trick


The Mountain Man took the time to show you how to get out of a 330 conibear in an emergency.

You never know when you may need this knowledge.  Trapping alone can be very dangerous and sometimes we do not have choices in the matter so knowing such tricks could save your life out in the wild.

Be sure to share this with your trapping friends and we would love to hear from you in the comments below.  Blessings…

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Setting 330 Conibear Traps with a Rope Trick

Setting 330 Conibear Traps with a Rope Trick


This is an oldie, but goodie and worth sharing!

The Mountain Man shared in a previous trapping season how to set the 330 conibear traps with a rope trick.  It is definitely worth the time to watch and will safe you time.  Let us know what you think in the comments below….  Blessings..

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A Successful Moose Hunt 2013

Well everyone….  My father gifted me with the opportunity to enter the 2013 Moose Draw out here in Idaho and by the grace of God I was drawn as one of the 15 tags.

This has been very exciting from the beginning.  My wife came home with the mail – she tossed a piece at me and said “You are going to need to take care of this”!  She kept a straight face while I opened this piece of mail from the Idaho Fish and Game while I wondered what I could have possibly done.  As I saw the tag and read 2013 Moose tag she let out her typical woohooo!!

We have been blessed in so many ways this year and this was just another one of those bonus blessings along with my wife’s writing taking off, our son starting his own business and doing super well and our new business Trayer Wilderness and my MultiFlame Tools starting with a bang.

Our good friend Jim and his wife Sharon joined us scouting on several trips and we were excited to be hunting in the area we chose.  A lot of fresh sign every time and on opening day we got to see a moose up close and personal when we helped a woman and her husband load her 1st bull moose in their pickup.

My father arrived from PA for his seasonal visit and I think he was even more excited than I was to be hitting the road to moose camp along with myself and my Mountain Woman.

Our 1st day out at moose camp we saw a lot of sign and a nice cow 1st thing in the morning.  My tag was for a bull moose and being we had a 14 day window I wanted to spend some time looking for a nice bull.  Later in the day we saw a bull about 2,000 yards away on the ridge across the way.   Unfortunately he evaded us until we got over to the area.  We did see 5 cow elk pass through while we continued to glass the area.

The 2nd day we setup early in the location we had spotted him the day before, with no luck in the morning and then the heavy rains set in.

Still with no luck we continued to hunt and glass the area and in our relentless pursuit of the bull, I was on the ridge where we had initially seen the moose while my father was glassing from the other side where we were when we initially saw him.  My father heard something behind him and turned to see the bull walk into the road not 30 yards away at which point he then slowly walked between him and the truck and descended down the mountain side.  In seeing him up close and personal he was able to see that he was a younger moose, but certainly worth shooting.  It was too dark to shoot when I finally made my way back to the truck.

Our friend however, happened to see a bull which he watched for nearly an hour while trying to get in touch with us to let us know about his find.  This was about the same time the moose showed himself by the truck.  Now, back at the camp deciding our plan of attack for the next day.  The bull our friend Terry saw was a much larger bull and the one we were going to head after.

It took two more days of relentless pursuit and glassing before he showed himself again and this time we got him.  This my friend is why they call it hunting….

God Bless…

Glen Trayer (MMJ)

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 Mountain Man Journals - Successful Moose Hunt

Mountain Man Journals - Successful Moose Hunt

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