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olgoi khorkhoi
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Thinking about buying a couple hundred acres of hunting land and living on it

A few years back, the wife started talking about leaving the city life behind, buying 100 acres or so of secluded land in TN kind of near Nashville, building a house on it and living off the land. I nodded and smiled and kept my mouth shut because I thought it would pass, but it hasn't and the idea has grown on me.
We live on some acreage in Ascension with a barn and some horses, so I get to sort of feel connected with nature, while having major grocery stores within 10 minutes.
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.
We'd have as much family nearby there as we have here, but would have to make new friends.
If your job/income wasn't a factor, WWTOBD?


OldSouth
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If your job/income wasn't a factor, WWTOBD?


Are you independently wealthy? Because I really enjoy toilet paper, but that's just me.


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Huntinguy
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re: Thinking about buying a couple hundred acres of hunting land and living on it
Hard work and clean livin.

If the income isn't a factor, do what you want!

Its a lifestyle choice, don't let anybody else make it for you.


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RATeamWannabe
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re: Thinking about buying a couple hundred acres of hunting land and living on it
Can we be friends?


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fisherbm1112
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re: Thinking about buying a couple hundred acres of hunting land and living on it
I don't know man. I mean it sounds awesome I just think I am to social of a person to go through with that. I think it would be awesome for a camp I just don't know if I'd do that everyday.


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wickowick
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re: Thinking about buying a couple hundred acres of hunting land and living on it
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We'd grow/raise our own food and the grocery store would be 30-45 minutes away if we needed anything.


Is there anything that remote in the eastern US?


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braindeadboxer
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re: Thinking about buying a couple hundred acres of hunting land and living on it
It'll be fun for about 6 months


TheDrunkenTigah
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re: Thinking about buying a couple hundred acres of hunting land and living on it
I would think the biggest obstacle would be finding a tract that meets all your requirements. May want to include a small church within driving range just so you don't get cabin fever. Other than that, it sounds like exactly how I want to be living one day.


NimbleCat
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re: Thinking about buying a couple hundred acres of hunting land and living on it
I know a family that did this....
They raised Scottish Highland and Berkshire Hogs and Chickens. They sell a lot of their meat to high end restaurants. They also have a "Farm Share" that allows for City people to spend "X" amount of money and come pick vegetables on their land.

I would also add that the man kept his full time job at about 120k and they barely made ends meet. It is not easy to run a farm with livestock for funsies. These people lived very frugally also.

Take it for what it's worth, but it will not be Little House on the Prairie from my observations. This farm is in/near Lebanon, TN


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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It'll be fun for about 6 months


It'll be an adjustment, but I think after a few months things would get easier not harder.
What it boils down to is we're not happy where we are. Even with acreage, neighbors too close, too many roads and too much road noise, too much traffic, too much GMO food too readily available.

Just went land shopping over the weekend and visited family out there. Their property is crawling with deer and turkey, and they have less than 50 acres. With the hills, you can shoot skeet off the front porch.


Bill Parker?
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re: Thinking about buying a couple hundred acres of hunting land and living on it
Growing your own food is a full time job (plus) if your are attempting to approach sustenance levels.

Killing animals, on the other hand, is fun as hell.

Let the wife be the farmer and you can be the caveman.


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WildTchoupitoulas
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leaving the city life behind

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We live on some acreage in Ascension with a barn and some horses

What th...?


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TexasTiger
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re: Thinking about buying a couple hundred acres of hunting land and living on it
recently did a some work in the New Johnsville area about 80-90 miles west of nashville along the Tenn River. Pretty part of the country for sure and driving around up there I saw plenty of properties that would meet these requirements.

Not that it really matter but TN is a state i would move to if the chance came up.


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Chad504boy
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A few years back, the wife started talking about leaving the city life behind, buying 100 acres or so of secluded land in TN kind of near Nashville, building a house on it and living off the land. I nodded and smiled and kept my mouth shut because I thought it would pass, but it hasn't and the idea has grown on me.
We live on some acreage in Ascension with a barn and some horses, so I get to sort of feel connected with nature, while having major grocery stores within 10 minutes.
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.
We'd have as much family nearby there as we have here, but would have to make new friends.
If your job/income wasn't a factor, WWTOBD?



Problem is when the zombie apocalypse comes, there will be a pack of strangers that will want to come live on your farm and then a chinese boy will start banging your daughter and they find out that you have a sheep fetish in your barn and then it all burns down before your eyes.


NimbleCat
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re: Thinking about buying a couple hundred acres of hunting land and living on it
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Chad504boy
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Problem is when the zombie apocalypse comes, there will be a pack of strangers that will want to come live on your farm and then a chinese boy will start banging your daughter and they find out that you have a sheep fetish in your barn and then it all burns down before your eyes.


The Eternal Optimist.


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TheDrunkenTigah
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re: Thinking about buying a couple hundred acres of hunting land and living on it
You forgot the part about having your leg lopped off with an axe.


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FelicianaTigerfan
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If your job/income wasn't a factor, WWTOBD?
I dont understand this part. Income has to be a factor unless you are getting some sort of a monthly check that wont dry up. In that case go for it.


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ZacAttack
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re: Thinking about buying a couple hundred acres of hunting land and living on it
You're going to need more land than 100 acres. You'll need about an acre per animal, depending on amount and quality of grazing pasture present, but that's a pretty fair assessment, you will also need hay in the winter and that stuff ain't cheap. Water will take up a helluva lot of land, especially if using it for drinking, watering animals (they drink a lot), and crops, don't count on the rain to do this. Also gardening is a hellacious amount of work for minimal returns. If going to feed grains to animals, i.e. corn to finish hogs and cows, the feed conversion sucks, so there's more acreage for corn. It goes on and on. Farming for a living is hard work 24/7/365.


fishfighter
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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?


Not no, but hell no! That is very hard work. Life is way to short to live off the land. Screw cows, horses or any livestock.

Been there, done that.


Helo
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It'll be fun for about 6 hours


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