I live in the beautiful state of Virginia, Population: 8,001,024. We have a great community of outdoorsman that care for the land. I am one of them. We love to fish and hunt. I personally really enjoy the ageless feeling of touching base with nature and enjoying all it offers. Among this group are some of the most practiced and well-trained survivalist. These guys can create great snare traps and weapons from mere twigs and rubble. Still, imagine social calamity and a time when food would become scarce. Imagine, just for a second, a large segment of that population loading rifles and hunting to survive.
We are talking sheer chaos here. The toll that this would take on the land would be devastating. I spoke with Andrew J. Jackson or www.prepograhy.com he spoke of the hunting grounds of his midwest hometown
Our goose and deer populations are still in recovery from the original great depression when much of the community turned to forest for food
It is simply not realistic. The friendly fire casualties would be through the roof. Not to mention the amount of wildlife would simply not sustain such a large and growing population. I cant even see the forests being able to support such a great need for fire wood from such a large group come the cold Northern Winters.
I can appreciate learning your bushcraft and survival skills but what it comes down to is there are simply too many of us to live off the land like Survivorman. How could we forage for wild edibles? All 8,000,000,000 of us. What are the odds of setting a snare up overnight and it not being robbed by an insomniac.
Instead we must consider some home preparations, mobile preps and as I always say the ability to support and protect your community. T.V survivalists are incredibly skilled individuals but the ability to survive off the bounty of the earth for one many is a much different adventure than for 1,000,000,000. It will take us time to build these relationships but it is important to go to your community meetings and push for community activities and emergency plans.
Not discounting these skills in any way. The ability to stay alive in an emergency situation is ultra valuable. Being able to manipulate raw materials and create fire is such an important skill and one that surely could save lives. I just want everyone to realize that it is simply not the answer to situation facing such massive needs. The resources will simply not be there. It will a stark reality check when the population comes to understand it is not the earths responsibility to keep us alive. When in fact it is just the opposite.