How much land does a man need?

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  1. JayCody

    JayCody New Member

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    How much land does a man need?
     
  2. MisterMcCool

    MisterMcCool Well-Known Member Supporter

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    In current times, a man does not need to own land. Most home land is ornamental and recreational.
     

  3. KG7IL

    KG7IL Active Member

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    But a man with a heart needs some land for his family.
     
  4. winds-of-change

    winds-of-change The Balota's Staff Member

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    Well, I'm not a man but my ideal would be 5 acres. :cool:
     
  5. ScottA

    ScottA FAA licensed bugsmasher Lifetime Supporter

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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.
     
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  6. thdrduck

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    I've got 10 but it is in the middle of a 120 acre farm that I have full run of. Seems 120 is about right for privacy and hunting and recreation, 10... not much. In my area little 5,10 acre chunks with a house are valued very high by the assessor and the property taxes are absurd. I pay more for my little 10 acres and house then is paid for the entire 120 acre farm. Shame property taxes have to have such a big part in what a person can own.
     
  7. clr8ter

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    My ideal would be whatever I could afford. No limit. In reality, I have 3.2 acres, but to answer the OP's question directly, none.

    There is a nice little 1 acre corn field for sale just down the street from us, the whole parcel is 30+- acres. $165K. Sign was only up for 2 weeks before it was under agreement with a developer. So disappointed......:(
     
  8. phideaux

    phideaux Active Member Supporter

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    I got just what I want, enough to protect my family, and practice with them.


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  9. WonderingMind

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    I have 50 acers of low land desert scrub with plenty of live washes. (Including my driveway) ;)



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  10. WebleyFosbery38

    WebleyFosbery38 New Member

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    More, always more!!!!!!!!
     
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  12. JayCody

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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
     
  13. c3shooter

    c3shooter Administrator Staff Member

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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.
     
  14. John_Deer

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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.
     
  15. WebleyFosbery38

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    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.
     
  16. marc29th

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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.
     
  17. clr8ter

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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!
     
  18. boatme98

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    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.
     
  19. WonderingMind

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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.
     
  20. F4U

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    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?