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Old 11-11-2017, 06:03 AM
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Is there still a problem with meth heads in the Ocala National Forest? Planning primitive camping in the proper dispersed areas as identified by the rangers. Haven't found any news articles, but they had a bad problem some years ago.
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It's okay all of them went to Tree-hab.
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Me and the crew are planning a hike there this winter. I am not worried about meth heads however, as I and the crew will have enough force protection along to take care of ourselves. Once we were canoe camping on the Oklawaha river that parallels the western edge of the Ocala forest, and in the middle of the night, while we were hanging out around the fire, a large group of side by side 4 wheelers roll up on a trail just to the rear of the camp. They shut down their engines, dismounted, and headed toward our camp. All but one of us were armed. I had my son with his 1911 fade into the surrounding woods to provide over watch until we knew their intentions. It turned out they were just a bunch of good ole boys and girls looking for a place along the river to party and have a fire. They hung out and chatted for a while, we gave them some left over smoked pork, then they headed off into the night. But it was certainly unexpected and unnerving at first.
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I've never had a problem in the ONF.

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Not just Ocala, but anywhere, I always worry about my car getting broken into at the trailhead while I'm gone. I can take care of myself in the woods, I'm not worried about that.

I just try to make my car look as empty and not worth breaking into as possible. Glove box open and pretty much empty, same with center console.
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Years ago a friend of mine had a house in the ONF, his house was located in the good part of the forest, where you could at the time go 4 wheeling until they made it illegal because the feds said it was destroying the forest. The only place left that you could go 4 wheeling was where the meth-heads and squatters lived. After the feds made it illegal to go 4 wheeling where my friend had his home he sold his house because the whole reason he bought the house was because he could go 4 wheeling in his "backyard"...

Although I haven't been to the ONF in many years I suspect there are still unsavory characters in certain parts of the forest...
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I was there this weekend camping and riding ATVs at Delancy campground and never had a problem in the last 10 years. I have however met a lot of good people.
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We used to camp there all the time ( mostly at Juniper Springs) when we lived in Florida, but always went armed when hiking out into the wilderness or camping there. There are usually some creepy people around Hopkins Prairie, so I would watch my back there. People have gotten murdered in the forest several times, and we have come across some creeps but mostly it's a decent place to camp. There are also lots of gators and bears.
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Don't know about meth-heads, but doesn't ONF have a Herpes B+ monkey problem?
That's scarier to me...
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Don't know about meth-heads, but doesn't ONF have a Herpes B+ monkey problem?
That's scarier to me...
Just wear protection, you'll be fine.....
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Why did I hear dueling banjos when I read this thread?
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Why did I hear dueling banjos when I read this thread?
Methhead: "That monkey sure has a purdy mouth..."

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Is there still a problem with meth heads in the Ocala National Forest? Planning primitive camping in the proper dispersed areas as identified by the rangers. Haven't found any news articles, but they had a bad problem some years ago.
I literally live in the ONF, addressed as "Ocklawaha", but we don't live in the proper.
The ONF area has been cleaned up pretty nicely in the last few years. The labs can still be found, but living here I can tell you the bigger issue is the "Rainbow People".
They are modern day gypsies (read as filthy scum bags).
They camp in designated & non-designated areas of the forest.
They steal anything not nailed down, they beg at the Winn-Dixie & Walmart stores.
They SMELL to high heaven, drunks & druggies.
True story, about 5 years ago a girlfriend of my wife's was accosted outside the Kangroo at SR 40 & 314A by 4 Rainbow "men" & they robbed her of the $5 cash she had while 3 male store clerks watched it happen thorough the window of the store.
Anyway, yes the meth labs can be found, but the Rainbows are a much bigger problem.
They are typically in the area from end of November to mid-March.
Lock your doors & pack your heat, they like to run in packs.
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Old 11-13-2017, 12:37 PM
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I thought the Rainbow People just ran around the woods nekid and smoked funny hand rolled cigarettes?

Real Meth heads don't have four wheelers. They don't have anything unless they just stole it and have not had time to trade it for meth yet.
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Old 11-14-2017, 10:15 AM
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Haven't seen or smelled any cooks out there since about 2008. Back then there were several places around Buck Lake and back in the Juniper Wilderness.
Rainbow idiots are still there every year. The year before last they invaded the area around Hidden Pond. Actually drove several cars out there on the old forest road that was closed off in the 70's. I reported this to the ranger station but the guy on duty actually said what are we supposed to do? My reply was your job but it didn't get done and they moved out in March leaving a huge mess behind. Last year was quiet out there.
Juniper burned to the ground about 6 years ago so not as many people use it anymore.
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Tree hab!! That cracked me up! Still laughing...
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