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@Dustoffer. Oklahoma, according John Milandred, (Prepper Podcast Network) who has an off grid place there. Not all states have those lotteries, you just buy a license and go hunt.
I have lived without electricity and would do it again. I wonder how the comments would change if the question was: If living without electricity would allow you to meet life goals, would you do it?May 17, 2012 at 12:00 am in reply to: #66340
RE Dustoffer: There are places with wild pig problems in the US and you can kill as many as you want.
I am in the Inland Northwest (WA, ID, Western Montana) and it has not been my experience to require a permit on all public land. I have camped in undeveloped National Forest w/o needing a permit. The only rule is you have to move every 14 days. However, there are many other regulations in the US that can hinder your off grid living adventure. You have to look at state and county laws as well as federal. For example, in Washington State, it is very difficult to live a natural existence in the woods due to laws against burning wood. During the dry months of summer, you can usually have a bonfire in an approved campground, but not out in the primitive areas — not even on your own rural land. The neighboring state of Idaho is more relaxed. This is just one of many considerations. You may be interested in my book The Truth About Simple Unhooked Living, which discusses a lot of these regulations, based on my personal experience.
Hi Rich, thanks for the info. I have never heard of those books. I myself released an ebook last month called The Truth About Simple Unhooked Living, based on personal experience. The focus is on why people opt for the lifestyle, exactly how I did it very simply, cheaply, and comfortably; and the laws that complicate the simple life in the US.
There is so much to say, and not knowing what you already know, it’s difficult to offer what you may consider valuable. I have compiled my off grid experiences in a new ebook called The Truth About Simple Unhooked Living. The more I read off grid/new pioneer forums, the happier I am that I put all the effort into writing it, as it contains lots of specific info on how I did things. Also, and very importantly, laws that complicate the simple life. I hope you take a look and I would be happy to answer questions. You can contact me at email@example.com. Same goes for anybody else who may be thinking of pioneering, particularly in the Inland Northwest (Northeastern WA, North ID)
I highly recommend https://humanurehandbook.com. There is extensive free info there and on YouTube. Regarding commercial composting toilets, if you want to stay within the law, check if your jurisdiction requires an approved gray water system in conjunction with the composting toilet.
You guys are the salt of the earth. Right on.
@simon5653: Are you still in the concept stages of your project? The answers to some of your questions are in my new ebook: The Truth About Simple Unhooked Living. I’m not just trying to get you to buy the book. I can tell by what you wrote and the responses that you need this for your preliminary research.
Two of the basics needed are: the LIBERTY to live a simple low impact life close to earth, and easy access to water. The first cannot be taken for granted. Also, I would say that you should consult with modern day veterans of simple off grid living, not necessarily with “established organizations that sell the stuff.” I lived w/o either conventional power or water for 14 yrs and I can say that I didn’t have most of the stuff advertised on those websites. Business is business and survival is survival and the two don’t necessarily meet.
Hi admin. I’d attempted to contact you regarding the documentary project through a couple of channels that didn’t pan out, so I hope you are really there!
I hope you don’t just show middle class families with savings accounts or the rich living off grid. My experience has been exclusively with poor people living off grid on the fringes of modern American culture.
In addition to the how and why people do it, there are some interesting dynamics going on. One is that while nobody was paying attention it became illegal to live simply without mainstream power and water in many parts of the US. (I’m not talking about people with money, but the rest of us.)
I think the social aspect is interesting. Is living off grid the right thing for a single person, a couple, a nuclear family? Or are intentional communities and cooperatives a more practical arrangement? If so, what is the best way to structure these new “tribes” both legally and internally? Also, the people interested in this span left wing progressives to right wing militia, which means that people who are usually at odds are thrown together with some intimately basic things in common, against a mainstream that has a deep revulsion for the lifestyle.
Anyway, I lived the life on and off for 14 years, and recently completed a book about the topic, so there is lots more to say. I will try to answer any questions you want to ask.
@Mattblatt – Good advice from elnav. Also, drones are now being used to “patrol the border” so your activities in the forest will be even more compromised.