Yesterday evening while heading to the woods for a hog hunting trip, an interesting conversation came up between everyone in the truck – “where will you be hunting at this deer season?” My son and I are on a deer lase, so we have a place to hunt. But the other 2 people in the truck do not have a place where they can not. They have to rely on the kindness of other people to give them permission to hunt on their land.
This got me to thinking, where would you hunt in a post long term SHTF / TEOTWAWKI situation? If you do not have a place to hunt now, what makes you think your going to have one after the fact?
A lot of survivalist plan on “bugging out to the wilderness in a long term SHTF / TEOTWAWKI situation. So having a place to go and a place to hunt might go hand in hand.
If you do not own land, not on a deer lease (which grants you a legal right to be on the land), don’t have friends with benefits, or know where the public hunting land is, where will you hunt at?
Private Property – Owing land in a rural area might the ideal situation for most survivalist, but for a lot of people, is just not realistic. The majority of the people live and work in the city. So if they own property in a rural area, they have to maintain the house they live in, and maintain a remote camp.
There are a lot of considerations for having rural private property – what kind of disasters is the area prone to, how far from your home is the location, is the land farmable, what is the source of drinking water, is the area secure, what types of wild animals are in the area, how easy is it to access the land,,,,,,, just to name a few.
Once the land is obtained, is it close enough to your home to maintain a workable farm, how much gear and supplies are going to be stored there,,,,,.
For hunting considerations, oak trees, maybe a field for crops, and some kind of water source would be nice to have. Der do not need a “lot” of land to live. Their related to the goat, as in deer are grazers – they just walk along and “graze” off foliage. Deer, squirrels and wild hogs love acorns. So having oak trees on the property is a prime consideration.
One of the benefits of having private property, permanent structures can be built and supplies can be stockpiled. But anytime supplies are stockpiled, then comes the question of security.
Leased land / hunting camp – A lot of hunters these days belong to whats called a “deer lease”, or a “hunting lease”. This is property owned by some kind of company – usually a timber company, but more and more invest companies are getting into the timber / hunting lease business. When someone belongs to a hunting lease, they have an agreement with the land owner, that the person has permission to be on the land. In some kind of post SHTF / TEOTWAWKI situation, a lot of people will probably bug out to their hunting lease. If someone shows up that does not belong to the lease, the people that have permission to be on the land and use the land will state as such, and tell the trespassers to leave.
Most hunting leases have restrictions – such as people not being able to have permanent structures on the land – except for 1 or 2 buildings at the main camp. The 1 or 2 buildings usually serve as a camp house, weigh in station for the harvested deer, elk, moose or other game animals and a meeting place for the members of the lease. Most of these camp houses have bunk beds, maybe a kitchen with a wood stove, or propane stove. A lot of time the camp will be close to a stream or creek, and may have some kind butchering station and bar-b-q pit. Because of the no “permanent structures” rule, a lot of people that belong to hunting leases bring a tent or RV with them. Or they may sleep in one of the bunk beds of the community building.
Deer camps are usually setup for 4 things – hunting, butchering the animal, cooking the animal and washing up afterwards. From the examples I have seen, the bar-b-q pit, or grill might be a piece of 24 inch pipe, maybe 3 – 6 feet long. There is a fire box on the end where people put the firewood (usually oak) to provide heat for cooking.
Life in the hunting camps is usually divided 2 sections – private living area and communal areas.
The private areas of the hunting camp include: a persons tent, their RV, camper trailer,,,,, anywhere a person can get a little privacy and a space they can call their own.
The communal areas include: butchering stations, outhouse, cooking stations, primary camp fire location, bunk house,,,, places that people meet and socialize.
One of the benefits that a small community like a hunting camp has over private property – is the community and distribution of resources. While one group of people are out hunting, another group are running the small animal traps and hog traps, another group is foraging for roots and berries while another group is taking care of the camp and watching the small children.
Having several groups foraging for food increases the chance that the whole community will have something to eat.
One evening I was at the hunting camp I belong to, when a hunter rolled up with a dead wild hog strapped to his ATV 4-wheeler. The animal was off-loaded from the ATV, and the hunters started carving up the animal to get it ready to put on the grill. This one wild hog was going to provide enough meat for everyone at the camp. So nobody was going to bed hungry that night.
Wild Hogs – Even in medieval times times, the wild hog was one of the most common type of meat. Being an omnivore, the wild hog can eat just about anything and survive just about anywhere. First introduced into North America by Hernando De Soto between 1539 – 1541, wild hogs have spread to just about every state in America. Understanding the wild hog, and being able to track them might be a good skill to have if S ever HTF.
Friends with benefits – Having friends that own private property or on a hunting lease might not be a bad idea.
Public hunting land – these are lands set aside by the Federal Government or State Governments for people to use.
Some of this public land can be accessed from a road, some of it is can only be accessed by boat, and some do not even have roads going to them. Maybe a lot of it depends on your resources? If you do not have a boat, then do not plan on bugging out to a location that is only accessible by boat. If you do not have an ATV or 4-wheel drive, then do not plan on bugging out to a location 100 miles down an old logging road.
One of the benefits that public lands have to offer, not a lot of people use them, or even know about them. Even though the State has the land set aside for people to hunt on, the State does not advertise the land or its location. Its going to be up to the person to seek the land out, find its location, and learn how to utilize the land.
Some of these public hunting lands have camp sites set up. These camp sites may have a picnic table, fire pit with a grill and maybe a lantern pole. Finding these locations and having knowledge on how to access them could be a wise backup plan.
One of the problems with using public hunting lands in a post SHTF situation, if you know about it, so does someone else. Unlike private property or leased land, nobody has a right to exclusive use of the property.