I have thought and thought about this question many times. With recent events around the world I think about it more and more frequently. Am I a "prepper"? No, not at all. But I sit back and think about how our lives are controlled by the almighty big brother, between wage taxes, property taxes, state taxes, school taxes, you get the idea. I look at what we have become as a society, and having served much more than a fair share of time overseas in a war fighting for our freedom, I think ill of where we are and the direction we are headed. By no means would I like this discussion to become political, although many of my reasons of thinking of this subject are for that exactly. I sit down often and think to myself....I'm a successful hunter with a full freezer. I catch fish each year during spawn seasons that feed my family well. I can vegetables the old school way. However my thumb is far from green, this can be remedied. I own land with 2 wells, no electricity, and game aplenty, given proper management techniques of course. Why could I not grab my pup, lose the job, do odd jobs to make enough money to pay the property taxes each year, and just disappear? Something in the back of my mind keeps telling me, "It can't be legal to live that kind of lifestyle, you're just nuts!". But the more I think about it the more I see that I am fully capable of living an old world lifestyle, off the grid as we would say today, solar generation for electricity, outhouses, farm, fish, and hunt. Go to my land, slowly build a small house while the pup serves as temporary housing, and just survive. I so envy the animals in the wild in that they wake up and just take care of themselves, no worries aside from the basics of food, water, and shelter. I long to be anything other than a human being, forced to be civilized, forced to do this, forced to do that. Our freedom in one sense is far from freedom, and in other ways we have too much freedom. Why can we not just wake up, find our next meal, water ourselves, and enjoy the day amongst our pack? Why is it when someone wants to do so they're considered to be a law breaker who doesn't want to conform to society? I am none of these things, but all I want is to be with family, and good company and not have to worry about making money to pay someone else to do something for me that I am capable of doing myself. Sorry for the long winded explaination, but I pose a question. If needed, do you have the skills it takes to truly go "off the grid"? As well, does anyone know how someone could obtain this style of life without having to move to BF Alaska well north of the circle?