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    Burning wood to heat your home will give you away.
    Burning seasoned wood that is dry produces little smoke. If you are in a hollow or back off the main road or behind a hill...chances are nobody will see it.

    Also if you are burning wood to keep warm chances are it is cold -

    Cooking food will give you away.
    this is like burning wood, depends on where you are at

    Everything will be ok until a sniper gets you.
    I have seen this mentioned a bunch of times. Come SHTF are the snipers going to really be a problem? I tend to doubt that there will be an overabundance of snipers roaming the country

    Preparedness is something new/ a fade
    People have been putting things away for extra for over 5000 years... I am guessing it started with Noah


    here are a couple of good articles on myths..
    The Top 8 Deadly Myths About Survivalism - Survival Mom

    this is a must read - even though I am not sure I agree with it.. it is about people (NOT) leaving the cities POST SHTF
    Survivalist Myth? The Golden Horde | Tim Gamble
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    Good points Maine Marine.

    Sign as you drive past the Pikes into Slippy Lodge;

    EVERYTHING IS OK

    UNTIL IT'S NOT...
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    Another prepper myth:

    I can hide from the rest of the world.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Operator6 View Post
    Another prepper myth:

    I can hide from the rest of the world.
    People have done it. 27 years hiding in the Maine woods https://www.bostonglobe.com/metro/ma...lxN/story.html
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    Quote Originally Posted by Operator6 View Post
    Another prepper myth:

    I can hide from the rest of the world.
    Japanese soldier holds out until 1972 on guam
    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Shoichi_Yokoi

    this guy surrendered in 1974
    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Teruo_Nakamura

    So yes, you can make it on your own
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    Quote Originally Posted by Maine-Marine View Post
    People have done it. 27 years hiding in the Maine woods https://www.bostonglobe.com/metro/ma...lxN/story.html
    Quote Originally Posted by Maine-Marine View Post
    Japanese soldier holds out until 1972 on guam
    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Shoichi_Yokoi

    this guy surrendered in 1974
    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Teruo_Nakamura

    So yes, you can make it on your own
    Rare exceptions and definitely not a reasonable plan.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Operator6 View Post
    Rare exceptions and definitely not a reasonable plan.
    Reasonable may be in the eye of the beholder.
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    Quote Originally Posted by stevekozak View Post
    Reasonable may be in the eye of the beholder.
    Very true, some people think it's reasonable to rob a bank for example.

    Sure, some have succeeded but most don't.

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    One of, if not the biggest enemy may very well be our federal government, with their ability and willingness to seize what you have, including food, livestock, weapons/ammo, and your land, for the "good of all". Yeah, that hundred acre farm two years of stored food, and enough weapons to supply a small army could all be confiscated and you and yours could find yourself living in a FEMA box no better off than the people who never looked past their next meal.
    People worry about the gangs out of the cities hungry, armed, and ready to take what they find, people should worry, but also worry about what the government has planned too.

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    I tend to worry about the sniper more than wood smoke or cooking.
    But let me clarify....
    When burning good, seasoned hardwood, we have very little smoke, that's true.
    On the farm, its not going to matter if we are cooking or not, the assumption will be that we have food.
    Now the sniper issue. There are professional snipers (MM) and there are people who fire from concealment, also a sniper. I worry about the guy sneaking up and shooting me from concealment in order to take what is mine.
    Remember me saying I was a coward at heart? I've led troops, from the front, but a frontal assault has never been my idea of the first choice. I prefer being the sneaky bastard. So if I think that way, I dang well know there are people out there with less scruples than me who think the same way.
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