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#1 Doc Holiday

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Posted 08 August 2011 - 09:48 PM

ok, so lets say hypothetically the poo hits the fan and we get the great depression 2.

what would you do then?

as for my self I've always wanted to live as a early american pioneer, so I would either go out to eastern or wester NC and live off the land.

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Posted 08 August 2011 - 09:53 PM

Everyone thinks that they will be able to live off the land...you might want to consider a more balanced plan!

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Posted 08 August 2011 - 09:57 PM

Everyone thinks that they will be able to live off the land...you might want to consider a more balanced plan!

when you consider the person outside of context then maybe you have a point but, I would fair a lot better then most.

but considering that the conversation is for the moment hypothetical for me that's my answer.

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Posted 08 August 2011 - 10:00 PM

To live off the land you may want to know a few things other than "how to grow food."

"IF The SHTF".....It would be good to know where all Power Plants are due to no one would be maintaining them and the ground/air around them might become contaminated.

I would think MANY people would die not due to food or water (that is very important) but from just the fact we have lived with little to no experience in truly "roughing it".

just my thoughts......

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Posted 08 August 2011 - 10:07 PM

Being able to grow a handful of tomato plants does not qualify one to "live off the land."

And as far as hunting, it's a bit easier to do if the woods are teeming with deer due to careful forest management and a limited number of sport hunters that can only take home so many carcasses. Send everyone that can carry a rifle into the woods to find the only food they can, and it'll be hunted down to nothing in no time at all.

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Posted 08 August 2011 - 10:11 PM

Living off the land means taking a shotgun next door and taking things.

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Posted 08 August 2011 - 10:12 PM

To live off the land you may want to know a few things other than "how to grow food."

"IF The SHTF".....It would be good to know where all Power Plants are due to no one would be maintaining them and the ground/air around them might become contaminated.

I would think MANY people would die not due to food or water (that is very important) but from just the fact we have lived with little to no experience in truly "roughing it".

just my thoughts......

I don't believe that would be an issue due to the fact that while a lot of americans would be out of work the Government will never have to drop essential personnel like power plant workers police and fire ect, the US can always print money if they had to but, unless someone started dropping bombs on us I don't think you would need to worry about contaminated food.

as before mentioned let's say I'm experienced, at least I believe enough to live off the land if I had to, but with that said I don't believe I started this topic with "do you think I could make it?" as the question, it was what would you do?

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Posted 08 August 2011 - 10:17 PM

I'd follow you around with a small gang of armed Mexicans and steal your sh*t.

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Posted 08 August 2011 - 10:18 PM

I'm stocking up on antibiotic, liquor and tobacco for trade, if that fails I will pillage and rape

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Posted 08 August 2011 - 10:29 PM

you have to be a few moves ahead of the horde. 2 years the #'s of people that will off themselves or others would be staggering just from panic, greed or survival.

i always say this and it seems counterintuitive but think about it. tree climbing. a good ole fashioned tree house in the bush somewhere might be what saves ya.

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Posted 08 August 2011 - 10:40 PM

I've read One Second After three times. I will own all you.

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Posted 08 August 2011 - 10:41 PM

Being able to grow a handful of tomato plants does not qualify one to "live off the land."

And as far as hunting, it's a bit easier to do if the woods are teeming with deer due to careful forest management and a limited number of sport hunters that can only take home so many carcasses. Send everyone that can carry a rifle into the woods to find the only food they can, and it'll be hunted down to nothing in no time at all.


correct, but with that said fishing, is a pretty easy and consistent food supply, while fish like bass can be a little harder to come by other fish, like Brim, blue gill, perch and cat fish are not only very plentiful but also fairly easy to catch. even fish that are not often gone after like Gar and Carp while may not taste the best are still eatable.

find the right location and you could fish year around, catch more then you need and you could trade with for other things.

also as a note, while I do have a girl friend I am not married and have no kids so I do not have any commitments to anyone other then myself.

also deer aren't the only thing tat are eatable, there is also squirrel, rabbit, duck, goose.

when it comes to food I think it wouldn't be too hard, as far as shelter, not hard either, already have 2 tents and a mass of camping gear that I would use until I could build a more stable shelter like a log cabin. believe it or not I've actually put a lot of thought into where exactly I would go and why, but I won't tell you suckers that because then you would be crowding my space:cool:

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Posted 08 August 2011 - 10:45 PM

you have to be a few moves ahead of the horde. 2 years the #'s of people that will off themselves or others would be staggering just from panic, greed or survival.

i always say this and it seems counterintuitive but think about it. tree climbing. a good ole fashioned tree house in the bush somewhere might be what saves ya.


Chainsaw to treehouse creates firewood.

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Posted 08 August 2011 - 10:46 PM

Write yourself a check for $500K and go cash it.

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Posted 08 August 2011 - 10:47 PM

Chainsaw to treehouse creates firewood.

but you wouldn't be able to afford the gas so your screwed


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