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That's why I keep thinking I need to move. I'm right between a railroad and a freeway. Not the best place to be if hobo's and roaming looters are on the prowl.
But then again maybe it is.....
Do you see many hobos now?

From the R/R tracks what can be seen of your home?

If someone is hiking along the tracks, they need to see something interesting to attract them to leave the tracks.

If they can see an abandoned cabin that might attract people looking for shelter and privacy.

I have about a mile between our home and the interstate. From the Interstate what you see is peat bog swamp and a line of dense forest on the horizon. It takes a very strong attraction to lure anyone to leave the easy travel on the pavement to swim through peat bog.
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Do you see many hobos now?

From the R/R tracks what can be seen of your home?

If someone is hiking along the tracks, they need to see something interesting to attract them to leave the tracks.

If they can see an abandoned cabin that might attract people looking for shelter and privacy.

I have about a mile between our home and the interstate. From the Interstate what you see is peat bog swamp and a line of dense forest on the horizon. It takes a very strong attraction to lure anyone to leave the easy travel on the pavement to swim through peat bog.
I do see a few hobo's now. Mostly hobo's riding the cars. Very seldom do we see walkers on the tracks. See more walkers on the freeway.
Yes the place is completely and fully visible from either the RR or the freeway

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One can't presume that a large portion of the population will know how to survive thru hunting or poaching techniques. Even spotlighting deer takes a degree of knowledge, and deer do adapt to large scale poaching.

Florida has about 20 million people. There's only 162k hunters. Presuming there are three times as many people in Florida who have the skills to hunt or poach than those who actually hunt, that's still only a small portion of the population compared to the overall numbers. 3 times the current number of hunters in Florida would amount to around 2% of the overall population. If 2% of the population are dominating near 100% of the game animals, I'll take those odds.

It takes about 5-8 deer a year to feed my wife and I if I eat venison several times a week every week of the year. I've been as long as 6 months where I've eaten venison almost every day for 2 meals a day.

I don't discount that massive hammering of the deer on an industrial scale could and would wipe them out. That's true of anything. But if things are so bad that the wild game is being wiped out, your garden is going to be wiped out too when the deer destroying hordes turn on you. In fact I'd posit they're going to raid your garden first before they go out and stomp deer down.

But who knows. There's a point by which it becomes an exercise in vanity to believe oneself prepared for every possibility. The most one can and ought to do is reasonably prepare to a degree then roll with it as it happens. We won't be the first or the last society to undergo life-shattering turmoil if and when it happens.
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I lived with my NA grandfather from 1947 to 1955 out on a mountain ridge 7 miles from the nearest road with no plumbing, electric or anything, living in a shack with 1/2" cracks in the walls and floors. We grew or killed everything we ate. At times we had lots of food and at times very little. Winter of 1952 we ran out of food and lived on blackberries that we had canned the summer before for about 6 weeks. Most all the wild game had been killed off in the 1930's and I saw the first deer in about 1953. Squirrels and rabbits were about all the wild game you would see. Sure ate lots of those.
Most people have no idea how hard it is to live off the land and with lots of land and having chickens, pigs, cows and horses, its still a daylight to past dark, 7 day a week struggle to live. After each winter, I would wonder if I could make it thru another winter. Very few people today will make it. Just the way it is.
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