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Budget Prep: Fox Hole

Defend Yourself From Marauders With This Camouflaged Prep

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Lowering your cache into a pond.

Digging a fox hole is an essential Doomsday defense tactic.

Photograph by Rick Austin and Survivor Jane, Aleven Goats Media, Inc.

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Pillboxes Vs. Fox Holes

Like pillboxes, fox holes can be strategically placed around your property, especially in more rural areas, and can be an intricate part of your perimeter defense. Unlike pillboxes, fox holes are not meant to cover you completely, but to protect and conceal you from potential enemies. 

While pillboxes are stationary, made of hard materials like concrete, fox holes are generally dug into the ground deep enough for a person to stand in with of some sort of berm created to shield exposed head and shoulders.   

Here, we show you how to build a fox hole and protect yourself from unwelcome would-be intruders in a Doomsday scenario.

Parts and materials.

The Steps:

  1. Scout the area for the most optimal area to create the best defense. Fox holes aren't used for actually attacking, but rather as a defensible lookout.

  2. Once you find a good area, clear the area to dig a hole.

  3. Make sure the hole is deep and wide enough so that you can either stand or sit in it with your head and shoulders exposed.

  4. While digging the hole, keep the dirt that comes out of the hole together so you can use it to create your berm.

  5. Once you're done digging, begin filling sandbags with the dirt from the hole.

  6. Stack the bags one on top of the other to make a foundation for the berm.

  7. Place the bags in a semicircle around the hole. When the bags are filled and stacked on top of one another, use the remaining dirt and cover the sandbags.

  8. Cover the dirt with debris that will blend in with your surroundings. This fox hole is in a wooded area, so leaves, twigs, and branches were piled on top of the dirt.

  9. Although the finished fox hole does not have the holes around it for firing on intruders like a pillbox, you can place a small arsenal of items at arm's reach.

  10. Position a slingshot, a crossbow or other weapons of choice at the edge of the completed fox hole.


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2 comments
Greg Wright
Greg Wright

Actually, covering the sandbags with debris, dirt, rocks, twigs, etcetera, is a terrible idea. The purpose of a sandbag is to stop rounds, projectiles, flak, etcetera, from penetrating. Many of these rounds travel at a high-velocity and when they strike (debris or rock, for instance), they will tend to create flak and projectiles that could very easily end up blinding our heroic foxhole occupant or, you know, something like that. 


The sandbag does a tremendous job of absorbing these rounds and, thus, protecting the foxhole ninja-person from being, you know, shot and stuff. Piling loose dirt and branches or any of that garbage on-top of it, though, is just really a rookie mistake. 


Obviously, this depends somewhat on your environment (fine sand versus rocky-mud goop versus dry, loose dirt, or whatever else you can imagine). 


I have no idea why I'm telling people how to better defend themselves. Meh. You're welcome, America. 

G Tre
G Tre

Needs...oh, just a bit more work than just digging a small hole. There's a little bit more to a "foxhole" than what you describe.