reply to post by Aliensun
You have very accurately described potential dangers of bugging out, particularly in certain regions. This is precisely why the subject of a bug out
comes up. Planning and familiarization has saved me exactly such a problem as you describe with the owner of that horse ranch which was
erected near one site I had previously found.
Allow me to fill in some context. It sounds like you come from a place where space is taken up pretty thoroughly but distributed into reasonably
comfortable portions that people are accustomed to being able to protect.
I come from a place where everything and everyone is crammed together. Nobody has enough space or can protect it 100% of the time- at least not until
their net worth hits eight figures, and various obstacles have left thousands of square miles completely untouched on our doorstep in the hands of
various government agencies which allow access but strictly limit activity and forbid development.
My plan is all about getting away from the places where people are being extremely defensive and potentially predatory and into space of my own where
I get the first look and the first choice on whether or not there is going to be a gunfight.
I live near the exact center of a once-remote town along the freeway out of a very major urban area. At any given time there are between one and two
thousand people within half a mile of my house... add at least 2,500 more if the high school is in session. There are at least fifteen apartments with
a clear view of my property and one that appears to have a clean shot at my spot at the dinner table, plus I am on a heavily trafficked corner. Even
when things are fine I can expect regular violence and theft in the neighborhood, and it takes a lot of effort to keep it off of my property. On top
of it all, there is a history of racial tension and occasionally violence- and my "side" (not that I care to take one) is a minority- like 85% to
We have almost no local water, electricity, or food (there is some farming in irrigated areas, but only enough to cause conflict). Temperatures can
exceed 110 degrees. This land is only habitable for large groups of people while society is functioning. If society stops functioning, this place will
be a major way point for an exodus from the cities.
In short, many worst case scenarios lead to a large number of people being stuck in my area fighting over extremely scarce resources and possibly
seeing me as a better target because I have a characteristic which can be used to mark me as an outsider. I'm in an utterly untenable position in
every sense of the word if defending resources becomes necessary.
Fortunately for me, there are 100 miles of nothing that begin just outside of my city. With the right equipment, knowledge, and planning, it would be
possible to evacuate a few people and valuables and establish an indefinitely sustainable camp in a place that no other person is likely to arrive at
by chance or design, and which can be readily defended.
Perhaps even more fortunately though, I'm pretty comfortable that I will never have to put my plan into action, because sustainability on any level I
care to imagine isn't within my means at the moment. I'm not paranoid exactly. I just notice worst case scenarios and have interests that offer me
at least some security against them.
Last but not least there are non-bug out reasons why its nice to have access to a little known remote area too. Suppose they want to take our guns
away some day? I'll have a place to continue honing my marksmanship, won't I?