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Prepping For SHTF

Hunter Gatherer or Farmer Survivalist

What kind of long term survival plans do you have?  Do you plan on bugging out to the wilderness and living a hunter gatherer lifestyle, or do you plan on living the lifestyle of a farmer gardener?

Hunter Gatherer

Our ancestors lived a hunter gatherer lifestyle for hundreds of thousands of years. For some people hunting, gathering roots, gathering berries and fishing the rivers might seem like an attractive lifestyle. I wonder if those types of people are influenced by their genes? Do the survival that plan on bugging out to the wilderness carry more the genetic code for the hunter gatherer lifestyle?

SHTF Long Term Survival

The problem with the hunter gatherer lifestyle, those types of people only plan a few days or weeks ahead of time. Tribes followed the herds along their yearly migration routes. There was little planning – follow the herd, kill something, gather roots, gather berries, catch some fish, follow the herd,,, repeat, as they were required to gather food almost daily. People learned that if they dried meat and fish, or salted the meat and fish it lasted longer. During the Lewis and Clark expedition, the explorers noted that the North American Indians dried their fish to store it during the winter. But man can not live on dried fish alone.

Farming and Gardening

It’s estimated that maybe 7,000 years ago people started adopting the farming and gardening lifestyle over the hunter gatherer lifestyle.

As communities started planting crops, we started thinking in 3 – 4 month periods. People started making calenders, counting the days of the year, planting crops, harvesting seeds, drying crops to save them over the winter, domesticating livestock,,,,,.

People started paying attention to when it was time to work the fields and plant the crops. A few months later its time to harvest the crops and put the crops up for the winter.

After people started planting crops, they found out that they had to stay in the area to take care of the fields.


The hunters and gathers had to follow the herds during their seasonal migrations in order to find food.

The farmers were not exempt from having to migrate.  When winter arrived, the farmers packed up their camps and headed to warmer climates to hunt and fish.

During the Lewis and Clark expedition, the explorers noted that Indian tribes would migrate out of the mountains and into the parries during the winter time.  If the Indians had stayed in the mountains, they would have been snowed in for months at a time.

After English explorers landed in North America, they found abandoned Indian villages.  come to find out, the Indians migrated between villages depending on the seasons.

My theory on people who like to have a defined Bug Out Location, those are decedents of farmers and gardeners that migrated between camps.

Thinking ahead of time

Depending on what instinct the person lives by – day to day, or planning a couple of months ahead, I think that affects how well people plan their lives and how well they plan for disasters.

After a disaster, there are people that will try to return their generators and other unused supplies to the stores where they were bought, there are examples of this with Irene.

The type of person that wants to dispose of their unneeded supplies could be acting under their hunter gatherer instinct.  The items are not needed “right now”, so get rid of them.  That type of person is thinking of right here, and right now – kinda like a hunter / gather.

The other type of person puts the generator in storage for the next storm, that is the farmer. He/she plans on using that generator again when there is another storm.  Where a farmer saves his seeds for next years crop, so survivalist stockpile seeds and food for when its needed.

Modern Survivalist

During a long term SHTF survival situation  people will need to adapt to survive.  With our crowded cities and suburbs, migration is no longer an option.  People will have to take the hand life has dealt them and make the best of it.

Instead of following the herds of migrating animals, modern survivalist should utilize modern technology to better prepare themselves and their families.

Pick the best crops that grow in your area, and stockpile seeds for those crops.  Stockpile food in mylar bags, buy #10 cans of freeze dried foods and find areas to hunt and fish.

Build a mulch pile to make compost for the garden.

Buy a pressure cooker and mason jars to store food from your garden.

Have a private well dug to provide safe drinking water.

Obtain a home based water filter.

Obtain important survival gear before the panic buying kicks in.

Have a plan, and test that plan for weaknesses.

Form mutual assistance agreements with other survival groups in the area.

Stockpile items to barter with.

During some kind of long term SHTF survival situation, some of the most in demand items will be food and safe drinking water.  Our society has grown dependent on going to the grocery store and buying what we need.  If the trucks ever stop running and there is no food in the stores, a lot of people are not going to know how to react.

The majority of people have been removed from a farm for at least 2 – 3 generations.  That is a lot of knowledge to relearn in a short span of time.  People think that they will be able to plant a garden, and everything is going to be ok, well, it does not work that way.

The best way to know if your SHTF survival plan is going to work is to test that plan.

Instead of wondering where the herds have moved to, we can raise our own livestock; instead of having forage for roots and berries, we can grow our own crops.


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