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Old 09-01-2013, 04:58 PM   #11
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What would be the minimum amount to hunt in safely? I'm not a hunter but I am curious as to how much one would need to live off the land
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To some degree, it is a matter of where you live.

AZ, NV, NM, CO- well, 50 acres would be a start.

VA, TN, NC, SC- 10 acres would allow you to feed a family of 4. 5 acres is enough to still like most neighbors.

Every evening I say a brief prayer for the continued good health of the couple that own the place across the county road from me. 790 acres of woodland that they want left alone.

Misery was when we lived in a housing development in CO. We had what was considered a large lot, with streets on 3 sides. 1/5th of an acre. Houses were 7 feet apart. *shudder*

Now I have room for apples, pears, peaches, grapes, a good sized garden (including an asparagus bed) and my lady has plenty of room for flowers. Get most of our firewood managing trees on our property. Do not have to worry about my cat bothering the neighbors, or being run over by a speeder. Same for the grandkids.
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To be able to do what you like for fun you need around 100 acres. 100 acres is enough for one to make a living off the land if hard times come. 100 acres is enough to secure a loan if one wants to start a business. Once you get 100 acres paid for acquiring more land is much easier.
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What would be the minimum amount to hunt in safely? I'm not a hunter but I am curious as to how much one would need to live off the land
Live off the land? Cording to what you have on that there land! All land is not created equal and much of it supports nothing and cant. I have about 9 acres, most of its tillable if I chose to but for now, its lawn, Raspberries, Orchard, Grapes, Rhubarb and a small garden. We couldnt live 3 months off it at the moment but could ramp it up pretty quickly to get much more out of it if need be, we slowly doing that already.

Survival on hunting is pretty tough unless you own hundreds of acres of woodlands, fields and swamps so the best you can do is create great relationships with you landowning neighbors and hope they will let you hunt their land.
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I've been told by farmers that you need 1 acre of farmland per person. That 1 acre should produce enough food in 1 year to feed 1 person. That certainly doesn't take into account droughts, etc. But it is a good rule of thumb.
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That ^^^ sounds about right. Seems to me that farming animals, not hunting them, would be the better way to go. You could farm them on a lot less land, and you wouldn't have to go looking for them!
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What would be the minimum amount to hunt in safely? I'm not a hunter but I am curious as to how much one would need to live off the land
How big is a puppy?
It would depend on where you're looking.
Temperate, tropical, arid?
Also to augment your productive acerage you can purchase land abutting a Nat'l forest for practically unlimited hunting and woodcutting.
Why buy land when it's provided for you.
That's what National forests were created for-multi use services for the American people.
Also important to fight to keep it that way and not let the enviro weenies and anti gunners/hunters constantly change designations to keep everyone except college "researchers", tree humpers, frog lickers, and newt kissers out.
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I whole heartedly agree with the above post.

Geography plays a huge role in how much space is needed to feed yourself. Water access is going to be the biggest issue. Especially where I am located. I had two wells dug on opistite sides of my property just for that reason.

We put up three Aquaponics sheds for fresh veggies and fish, we have an apariry of 300 bee hives, half a dozen geese for security, about 50 chickens, a bunch of rabbits and 4 goats for food.
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As much as he wants.

Personally, I want enough to construct Hickock45's range and enough for a 2500' grass strip.
Seems like the right answer.

By the way what would be the biggest plane you could reliably get into and out of a strip that size, barring extreme weather or high ground level altitude?
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