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wickowick
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re: Thinking about buying a couple hundred acres of hunting land and living on it

The older you get the more a toll work like that is going to take on your body. How many years can someone do that, especially someone that didn't grow up doing it their entire life...

Perhaps buy a little land and a cabin and use the rest of the money that would have been spent on land to live on...


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olgoi khorkhoi
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re: Thinking about buying a couple hundred acres of hunting land and living on it
we've got 3 horses and I'm thinking of maybe getting a milk cow. they'll have 2-3 acres each and eat rye grass in the winter. The crops will take some time to get to the self-sustaining point, but we've got time.
as for money, it's always an issue, but no one would do it if they had to give up their job, so that's why I said that. I don't have a 9-5 per se and can live in the woods if I want to.


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re: Thinking about buying a couple hundred acres of hunting land and living on it
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If your job/income wasn't a factor, WWTOBD?


in a heartbeat.


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FelicianaTigerfan
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milk cow
If you want dairy product go with a goat. You could easily have 20-30 acres set aside for a few head of cattle. Butcher one calf and sell the others each year to help off set cost for seeds / fertilizer. A few meat rabbits and chickens wont take up much room at all and are fairly cheap to keep.

The hardest part would be a garden but can be done. Make sure you have the knowledge to can vegetables or possible a root cellar for storage. IF income isnt an issue you may be better off with being on county utilities. Windmill, solar panels may be enough for electricity but water is very, very important when having a garden. Times of drought means you garden fails and could be a huge set back

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3 horses
In the venture you described I would not own any horses unless one of them was capable of being hitched to a wagon, plow, etc.
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StinkDog12
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would also add that the man kept his full time job at about 120k and they barely made ends meet.


LOL...they they werent doing something right...right?

If you can't live "country" with 120k job plus income off of the meat/fish/veggies/cows/horses...then ya gotta be doing something wrong. Hell I know several people that make a "decent" living doing those things...without the 120k year bonus.


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TigerDeacon
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re: Thinking about buying a couple hundred acres of hunting land and living on it
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If we do it, we'd find some land with a stocked pond/lake, a running creek for hydroelectric power, springs for drinking water, pasture for the horses and probably some cows and woods for hunting. We'd grow/raise our own food and the grocery store would be 30-45 minutes away if we needed anything.


There is a reason why people stopped doing this 60 years ago. My grandparents lived like this and I wouldn't wish that life on anyone.


JAB528
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re: Thinking about buying a couple hundred acres of hunting land and living on it
Image: http://www.hcpress.com/img/Mostly-Turtle-Island-093.jpg width=500


This guy does it. He still shits in a bucket and everything.
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TigerDeacon
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re: Thinking about buying a couple hundred acres of hunting land and living on it
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It'll be fun for about 6 hours



fixed


I was going to say 6 days, but that seemed too long.


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LSUFan3434
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re: Thinking about buying a couple hundred acres of hunting land and living on it
I'd love to do that!


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olgoi khorkhoi
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There is a reason why people stopped doing this 60 years ago. My grandparents lived like this and I wouldn't wish that life on anyone.


Love it all you like, the current system in this country where a few produce and millions consume is unnatural and unsustainable.


TigerDeacon
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Love it all you like, the current system in this country where a few produce and millions consume is unnatural and unsustainable.


The last few generations of hill farmers have already proven that way of life was unsustainable.

I've got land like you just described. No way in hell I am going to try to scratch out a living/subsistence on it.


TigerDeacon
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re: Thinking about buying a couple hundred acres of hunting land and living on it
Oh and I plowed that with a horse and plow as a kid and picked it by hand. We had 80+ head of cattle, horses, goats, chickens. That plus the hunting meat meant that we didn't have to buy much at the store.

It wasn't easy or fun. Even the horses didn't like it. Ever had a horse "accidentally" step on your foot when you are trying to put the collar on him?


OldHickory
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re: Thinking about buying a couple hundred acres of hunting land and living on it
This lifestyle isn't the one of movies and novels. Farming is tough, lonesome and often unsuccessful work. There's a reason that many who grow up in that setting choose to leave it behind. Farmers are the salt of the earth. They deserve more praise and profit than what they get. However, it takes a select breed to be dedicated to that lifestyle, knowing the rewards are so few.

Work your brain instead of your back.


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LSUTiger205
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re: Thinking about buying a couple hundred acres of hunting land and living on it
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buying 100 acres or so of secluded land in TN kind of near Nashville


"Kind of near" Nashville? Explain, Kind of near. Not sure how much you are willing to spend, but for a decent price you are gonna have to go to Trousdale County, around Columbia, or up towards Clarksville.

A 100 acres in Sumner or Williamson County will run you 1mil


Huntinguy
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re: Thinking about buying a couple hundred acres of hunting land and living on it
Did I mention REALLY hard work and clean living?

Its a great idea and all, but a really gritty way to live.

You are incorrect about unnatural and unsustainable, but its your thread and I'm not here to argue.


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olgoi khorkhoi
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re: Thinking about buying a couple hundred acres of hunting land and living on it
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The hardest part would be a garden but can be done. Make sure you have the knowledge to can vegetables or possible a root cellar for storage. IF income isnt an issue you may be better off with being on county utilities. Windmill, solar panels may be enough for electricity but water is very, very important when having a garden. Times of drought means you garden fails and could be a huge set back


We have a pressure canner and a dry pack canner and regularly can vegetables we grow. we probably have 1-1.5 years worth of canned food


olgoi khorkhoi
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re: Thinking about buying a couple hundred acres of hunting land and living on it
an hour or so west - southwest of Nashville


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Chad504boy
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re: Thinking about buying a couple hundred acres of hunting land and living on it
got any white corn you can part with?


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Slickback
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re: Thinking about buying a couple hundred acres of hunting land and living on it
I'd do it in a heartbeat, but my wife wouldn't. Ideally, I'd like to be about 20 min away from a city and my wife could still teach. That way we'd keep insurance and have retirement. I could farm enough food to eat and do some side cash jobs for extra cash.


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Teague
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re: Thinking about buying a couple hundred acres of hunting land and living on it
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There is a reason why people stopped doing this 60 years ago.


There's also a reason a lot of people are going back to it. Today isn't 60 years ago. Our times aren't like our parents' and grandparents'. Back then, a man could go to college, and was guaranteed a solid 9-5 job, enough income to live well, while the wife stayed home. Now, we go to college, get a shitty job, are in debt to everyone, both spouses work, the family barely sees each other, we eat food that's loaded with chemicals, and spend our spare time staring at stupid reality shows, phones, ipads, ipods, and laptops.

My wife and I have been wanting to do this for a while. We're still going to work. We're hoping to both be self-employed soon. But, we'd like to live simpler, with less crap, grow and raise some of our own food, and get away from cubicles and shite jobs. It doesn't have to be easier to be more fulfilling.


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