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Best place to become a hermit? #6324645
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Hello. Through the years on the Wilderness Trapping page people will dream and question about moving to Alaska. I pondered it pretty heavily 15 years ago. The Alaska guys all mostly say it isn't cracked up to what people invision. The wilderness areas of Alaska, CO, NM, WY, MT seem to be chalked full of wanna be hippies, folks leaching off the govt., liberals, over priced land/houses/cost of living and in general maybe not what some us are dreaming of. I am not looking to move as I never will. It has got me thinking though of where are the best places to live that some of these younger dreamers long for? The requirements are: wildlife, affordable, few people, very few of the previously mentioned people, and ability to feel like one is out in the wilderness/sticks/prairie. I haven't traveled all over but what comes to mind to me is Western KS, Western NE, eastern MT, parts of the Dakotas, very select parts of the AR and MO Ozarks, and Eastern CO. Never been there but parts of ME and NY Adirondacks? Russia? What are your thoughts?

Re: Best place to become a hermit? [Re: TurkeyTime] #6324661
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Drove through West Texas along the Canadian River last winter. I could live there. I also love the Sandhills in Western Nebraska. Anywhere with coyotes, bobcats and big ranches for me.

Re: Best place to become a hermit? [Re: TurkeyTime] #6324713
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There are places in Idaho that fit the bill for what you want. Stanley basin and surrounding area, or whitebird/Lucile/Riggans.

Re: Best place to become a hermit? [Re: TurkeyTime] #6324714
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Get someone with a bushplane to drop you off anywhere between Winisk and Fort Albany.

Re: Best place to become a hermit? [Re: TurkeyTime] #6324716
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If you can handle hot summers... MS for sure. Lived here 4 years now and not had to meet a person I didn't wish to. When I lived in IL, I trapped a WMA in Iowa and felt like a frontierswoman because it was so desolate. Now I feel that same way every single day. It is heaven on earth, if you can handle the climate.

Re: Best place to become a hermit? [Re: TurkeyTime] #6324734
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Re: Best place to become a hermit? [Re: TurkeyTime] #6324740
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If you like the southwest desert theres some desolate places there. I was gonna buy some property not too far from moapa nevada and collect old junk before i met my wife and she set me straight.. I dont know why but the desert always cleared my mind.


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Re: Best place to become a hermit? [Re: TurkeyTime] #6324748
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out where Uncle Bulletbox lives there is a LOT of country that hasn't had a footprint on it for a long time if ever. You better be one tough hombre though if you move out that way and want to stay off of the radar.


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Re: Best place to become a hermit? [Re: TurkeyTime] #6324755
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there are still a few places in the u p of Michigan that a person could get away from people if they really wanted to but I found most want to build a road to there place an if you build a road they will come

Re: Best place to become a hermit? [Re: TurkeyTime] #6324826
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Hermit in place. Just do not socialize, attend any functions, or shop in the community that you live in or answer your door. Become the Grouchy old guy that all of the neighbor kids made up stories about and were scared of when you were a kid.

Or...Do like I did and move into a small town and have a night job that is a commute.

We lived there 10 years and several people in town thought I was new in town when we moved away.
I liked it that way.

Re: Best place to become a hermit? [Re: TurkeyTime] #6324838
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Illinois- everyone is leaving. You could probably find a house to squat in for a while if you wanted


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Re: Best place to become a hermit? [Re: TurkeyTime] #6324841
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If I had the ability to move I believe it would be to Wyoming or an area in Arkansas off the beaten path. Someday maybe.


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Re: Best place to become a hermit? [Re: TurkeyTime] #6324844
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Northwest Angle of MN. Kind of spendy, but road access through Canada or by water.


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Re: Best place to become a hermit? [Re: TurkeyTime] #6324897
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There are areas of North Eastern North Dakota that would foot the bill as long as you aren't partial to trees. Most of the towns are shriveled up like a weaned sows teats. Can drive many miles on the county roads before meeting another vehicle.

Re: Best place to become a hermit? [Re: TurkeyTime] #6324932
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I am some what off the grid in the bogs of WI. The only drawback here is all the meth heads and crack addicts you have to contend with. The will steal anything.

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Re: Best place to become a hermit? [Re: TurkeyTime] #6324938
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my house,don't let the dogs scare ya.


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Re: Best place to become a hermit? [Re: TurkeyTime] #6324942
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I knew you'd jump in pcr2. Way north Pa can be very remote. Lots of stuff to trap and hunt. I am too young to move there now but plan to when I get kicked out of the house. Wouldn't leave PA for almost anything.


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Re: Best place to become a hermit? [Re: TurkeyTime] #6324979
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Met a fellow in NM that drives 55 miles each way to take his child to meet a school bus in Winston.

Re: Best place to become a hermit? [Re: TurkeyTime] #6324995
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I'll tell you a little story about when me and the boys visited Nebraska on Vacation. The boys were probably in about 3rd and 5th grade. We were headed to the Black Hills for vacation and me wanting to see the Sandhills of Nebraska we headed west on I-80 and then North at Cody. We were going to stay the night at a lake up by Valentine. As I'm kind of cheap and simple and it being just me and my boys we were just camping out of the stock trailer. Any way we turned off the Highway on to a single lane blacktop road in the middle of nowhere to get to the lake we were staying at. Now at this turn off there was an old post with the names of about six ranches and the miles to each one of them which me being a cowboy really peeked my interest.Now my boys had never seen a single lane blacktop rode, nor had I for that matter, and it took me a lot of talking to convince my boys we weren't headed down someone's driveway. We only saw two people in probably 20 or so miles of that road. One was a cowboy with a dog box on the back for coyote dogs and another was a rancher out in the hay field putting up hay. That rancher was on a tractor at least 300 hundred yards out in the field. He waved real big at us when we passed and he was so far away I stuck my arm out the window so he could see me and waved back. Now my youngest looked at me kind of strange asked "dad did you know him”? I answered no I didn't, so his next question was why did he wave at us then? I said son they are just happy to see another human being in these parts I guess. Told my boys I was moving up there when they were grown.

Re: Best place to become a hermit? [Re: TurkeyTime] #6325097
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Went through KS years ago never seen a place that most of the time you could not see a yard light for miles going down the highway! LOL


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Re: Best place to become a hermit? [Re: TurkeyTime] #6325101
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That's an impossible question. You're asking where is the best place to live alone. Well, how can you answer that??? IF it was the best place to live all alone, then as soon as another hermit-to-be shows up, there goes the neighborhood! Its suddenly overcrowded.


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Re: Best place to become a hermit? [Re: TurkeyTime] #6325108
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I was in Alaska 7 yrs ago. Saw LOTS of places where someone came north to live the dream, then left a pile of crap and went back home.
I like the Sandhills of Nebraska just fine. I can find people if I need to talk to someone.


I know I'm paranoid......but am I paranoid ENOUGH???
Re: Best place to become a hermit? [Re: TurkeyTime] #6325141
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A lot of good places. Wylee came up with the term I was looking for=desolate. I believe many of the traditionally desolate places that people sought (AK, CO,MT) now have one or more of the following: high cost of living, liberals, druggies, and/or high real estate. I have never been through the Sandhills but that was my main choice from talking to people that lived there.

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Almost any city has abandoned areas that would suit a hermits purpose, if you get a hundred yards of the track most people will never know you're there. Ideally you should pick a climate where you can be comfortable without creating wood smoke, which will not only signal your presence but will attract curiosity.
Hermiting does not require remote places, it just requires remote relations with people. You can do what Horn suggested.

Re: Best place to become a hermit? [Re: andrews1958] #6325189
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Great article, thanks for the link. I don't think the OP had quite that degree of hermitage in mind when he started this thread. Takes a special kind of person to live as isolated as Christopher Thomas Knight. 99.99% of men are not as tough as him.


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Re: Best place to become a hermit? [Re: TurkeyTime] #6325214
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He is a theif.Not what I would consider self reliant by any stretch.

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Re: Best place to become a hermit? [Re: TurkeyTime] #6325940
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And the article doesn't claim he was self-reliant. It clearly details his stealing food and supplies found in cabins from Labor Day until 1st snow fall, and then again from snow melt until Memorial Day (basically the items that tourists decided to leave behind in their cabins all winter), so he was dependent upon them for subsistence.

But psychologically, emotionally, he needed nobody; mentally he was 100% self-reliant. He didn't need an internet forum for peer approval, like the 36,000+ of us (me included) on this forum. Had no need for communication with anybody, nor to offer or request knowledge to/from anyone. No need to show photos or see people's photos. He was a true hermit, the rest of us are, to use his description, just "dilettantes"


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Re: Best place to become a hermit? [Re: TurkeyTime] #6325942
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He should sign up for the Mars Mission.

Re: Best place to become a hermit? [Re: TurkeyTime] #6325948
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Simple for me. Somewhere on the banks of the Tombigbee in LA works for me.

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That's lower alabama, btw.

Re: Best place to become a hermit? [Re: warrior] #6325982
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You don't have to live in a big wilderness area to be a hermit. Hermit is more about your lifestyle than where you live.

Bryce

Re: Best place to become a hermit? [Re: Horn] #6326031
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Originally Posted By: Horn
Or...Do like I did and move into a small town and have a night job that is a commute.

We lived there 10 years and several people in town thought I was new in town when we moved away.
I liked it that way.


Yep. I've lived in this small town of 1000 or so for almost 27 years... The last 14 in my little house. After I graduated high school, went to work, had kids, etc... I fell out of contact with most of the town folk I knew. It just happens.

When I tell people where I'm from someone will invariably say, "Oh, well, you know so-and-so."

Nope. Never met them.

I gave up the folly of youth, drama, and never did run around and party much. You learn to disappear in a crowd that way.

Hermitage is a state of mind. Lol

Mike


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There are still some places in Mn that one could (hermitage). A few of those hippies/back to nature types actually
made a go of it,and became successful with it. Perseverance,I would say is the motivating factor.

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My fur shed in the winter time, can't find a darn soul no where near it.

Re: Best place to become a hermit? [Re: Boco] #6326801
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Originally Posted By: Boco
He is a theif.Not what I would consider self reliant by any stretch.
yes he was he broke into our families camp and many others to survive albeit it takes a strong tough individual to do the duration he did but he still stole many many thing to get through

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Originally Posted by andrews1958


TurkeyTime (or anybody else) if you're still interested in the question that you posted 8 months ago, consider ruling out Texas, Alaska, and the western US:

[Linked Image]


That's a page from the book entitled The Stranger in the Woods: The Extraordinary Story of the Last True Hermit


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why do you need to steal to become a hermit? or trespass? could be a hermit anyplace rural. if you don't have any utilities, or insurance or a cell phone, have a place for a garden and a few goats, you wont need much money. trap a little, dig a few wild roots, be rude to anyone who comes around so they stay away.

knew one when I was a kid in Colorado. walked 7 miles one way to the post office every week or so to get mail. sometimes bought something at the store the post office was in. was living at an old mine. the owners let him live there and paid him a few bucks to keep trespassers run off.


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if you want to be a hermit here is one way to do it


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Originally Posted by TurkeyTime
A lot of good places. Wylee came up with the term I was looking for=desolate. I believe many of the traditionally desolate places that people sought (AK, CO,MT) now have one or more of the following: high cost of living, liberals, druggies, and/or high real estate. I have never been through the Sandhills but that was my main choice from talking to people that lived there.



There are a lot of places I have never seen, but I can't think of anywhere in the L48 that I would consider desolate except for the big cities. "Desolate" to me. is a state of mind.

Where I first homesteaded in AK there were no liberals, druggies, or high priced real estate. It hasn't changed in those regards. The big problem a would-be hermit would encounter is, there is no land available to buy.

I think TRAPR is onto something when he mentions Riggins or Whitebird, ID. Stanley basin is beautiful but pretty overrun with touristas in the summer


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Originally Posted by TurkeyTime
A lot of good places. Wylee came up with the term I was looking for=desolate. I believe many of the traditionally desolate places that people sought (AK, CO,MT) now have one or more of the following: high cost of living, liberals, druggies, and/or high real estate. I have never been through the Sandhills but that was my main choice from talking to people that lived there.


You have mentioned Co in a couple of your posta, and that would be absolutly the last place I'd want to go! Can't trap, the weed growers would be under your feet all the time! Nice remote areas, but the laws there are straight out of commiefornia! There are remote places there too!


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Re: Best place to become a hermit? [Re: danny clifton] #6530167
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Originally Posted by danny clifton
why do you need to steal to become a hermit? or trespass? ...


You don't. You missed the author's point. His point is that Maine is not only secluded but that the foliage is such that it affords privacy. So much privacy that one could steal/trespass. Whereas places like Texas, Alaska, and the western US are too open, one would be seen, and thus not have the privacy that a hermit would need.


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Re: Best place to become a hermit? [Re: TurkeyTime] #6530172
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ya'll gotta get on the crazy train i tell ya.randomly shoot guns and talk to yourself,watch people goin by with bino's and and take off runnin as fast as you can away from the house if someone pulls in screamin rape or something.between that and no cell coverage here,the hills of northern PA are awfully quiet and peaceful. wink


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Re: Best place to become a hermit? [Re: TurkeyTime] #6530176
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Plenty of Alaska has cover. Problem is smoke rises and planes can see it. Back a few years ago, I would drive by one of the local hermit's place, and if smoke was coming out of his chimney, I knew he was still alive. I never stopped to talk or check on him. I respected his privacy. I checked on him all winter long in my own way.


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Re: Best place to become a hermit? [Re: Dirt] #6530182
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Originally Posted by Dirt
Plenty of Alaska has cover. Problem is smoke rises and planes can see it. Back a few years ago, I would drive by one of the local hermit's place, and if smoke was coming out of his chimney, I knew he was still alive. I never stopped to talk or check on him. I respected his privacy. I checked on him all winter long in my own way.

Nice of you to keep track of him yet respect him.


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Re: Best place to become a hermit? [Re: TurkeyTime] #6530184
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Same here. I know of more than one long time thieves that made a habit of stealing from the same places over & over. Winter sort of makes it more difficult because of the snow showing tracks.. But Dirt is right. Plenty of cover and lots of privacy.

I also recall one thief getting caught by the use of IR technology in a helicopter.


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Re: Best place to become a hermit? [Re: TurkeyTime] #6530185
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I don't think you have to hide to be a hermit.
Anyone can be a hermit,I know a few.
If I wanted to be a hermit,I could go out to one of my remote cabins on a trapline and live there.I would rarely if ever see anyone if I didn't seek them out.
You have to have some kind of mental problem to want to avoid human contact for years on end.

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Re: Best place to become a hermit? [Re: TurkeyTime] #6530216
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This here quote "there are still a few places in the u p of Michigan that a person could get away from people if they really wanted to but I found most want to build a road to there place an if you build a road they will come" one time I was talking with Casey from F&T and he mentioned the same thing - how there's places up there still where one could truly disappear, not too mention some places that only the native people knew about.

but sadly yes, all it takes is one road... then the multipuls will follow..................


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Re: Best place to become a hermit? [Re: TurkeyTime] #6530248
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A thief breaking into camps / cottages / cabins for as long as the guy in Maine must have been extremely cautious or extremely lucky. Especially breaking into many places in the same area and sometimes the same place more than once. When I read the article, I could not believe that someone did not catch him - literally. Booby traps and set-guns are highly illegal but people can get creative to protect their belongings.

Being a hermit is not so bad. I have always been a loner and prefer very limited company. This internet can get too social.

Re: Best place to become a hermit? [Re: Yes sir] #6530421
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Originally Posted by Yes sir
I'll tell you a little story about when me and the boys visited Nebraska on Vacation. The boys were probably in about 3rd and 5th grade. We were headed to the Black Hills for vacation and me wanting to see the Sandhills of Nebraska we headed west on I-80 and then North at Cody. We were going to stay the night at a lake up by Valentine. As I'm kind of cheap and simple and it being just me and my boys we were just camping out of the stock trailer. Any way we turned off the Highway on to a single lane blacktop road in the middle of nowhere to get to the lake we were staying at. Now at this turn off there was an old post with the names of about six ranches and the miles to each one of them which me being a cowboy really peeked my interest.Now my boys had never seen a single lane blacktop rode, nor had I for that matter, and it took me a lot of talking to convince my boys we weren't headed down someone's driveway. We only saw two people in probably 20 or so miles of that road. One was a cowboy with a dog box on the back for coyote dogs and another was a rancher out in the hay field putting up hay. That rancher was on a tractor at least 300 hundred yards out in the field. He waved real big at us when we passed and he was so far away I stuck my arm out the window so he could see me and waved back. Now my youngest looked at me kind of strange asked "dad did you know him”? I answered no I didn't, so his next question was why did he wave at us then? I said son they are just happy to see another human being in these parts I guess. Told my boys I was moving up there when they were grown.

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Re: Best place to become a hermit? [Re: TurkeyTime] #6530426
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Turkey, Was curious as why you ask the question but say you will never leave Missouri. I too originated in your state of Missouri. Was born in Moberly and lived the first 36 years of my life around there except for a few months in Arizona about 1972. I moved to extreme south western South Dakota in the early 90's, eventually ending up in the southern Black Hills after about a year on the Pine Ridge Indian reservation. I have no desire to leave here, my wife and I consider this as home.
Occasionally we return to visit Mo. for a funeral or reunion. Once and a while some friend or family member ask me if I have any regrets about moving to South Dakota. My answer is always "yes" and my regret is that I didn't move sooner!


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Re: Best place to become a hermit? [Re: TurkeyTime] #6530445
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Re: Best place to become a hermit? [Re: Boco] #6530516
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Originally Posted by Boco
You have to have some kind of mental problem to want to avoid human contact for years on end.


I had a friend when we were just kids comment to the effect he had never met anyone he really liked. At the time I thought it was a terribly arrogant thing to say. In retrospect, I think it was profound.

Re: Best place to become a hermit? [Re: TurkeyTime] #6530517
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That was just a nice way of telling you he didn't like you,lol.

Re: Best place to become a hermit? [Re: Boco] #6530520
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Originally Posted by Boco
That was just a nice way of telling you he didn't like you,lol.


My mom didn't either, that prepared me for the blow.

Re: Best place to become a hermit? [Re: TurkeyTime] #6530627
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I am not particularly fond of people as a whole. Thats why I live the way I do. That little spot we found in Tennessee is about right. No direct neighbors. Our little patch is 40 acres and an arm full of no trespassing signs should go a long way. Fist time I ever went to Tennessee was to look at that property to buy it. So there are no connections with anyone there. I plan to keep it that way. I don't think there is a need to go to places like Alaska to be able to keep to yourself. I pretty much manage to do that even here in a tourist place by staying just a mile away from the marina. Everyone knows that when I am home on my boat not to bother me. I only interact with people during working hours.


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Re: Best place to become a hermit? [Re: TurkeyTime] #6530643
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I'm sure ever state would have areas that you could live as a hermit. In Montana you could hide for the rest of your life and live as a hermit in every part of the state. Land is for sale every where and put up a small shack and there you got it. Fish, hunt and trap and just live life.

I might add that there are 100's of very small towns to disappear in.

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Re: Best place to become a hermit? [Re: trapr] #6530672
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Originally Posted by trapr
There are places in Idaho that fit the bill for what you want. Stanley basin and surrounding area, or whitebird/Lucile/Riggans.

Used to be a book "The hermits of Idaho". Quite a few living in cut outs and caves. Shunning all human contact.


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Re: Best place to become a hermit? [Re: TurkeyTime] #6531067
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Yall wouldn't make very good hermits if you don't know how to have fire w/out smoke.


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Re: Best place to become a hermit? [Re: waggler] #6531120
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Originally Posted by waggler



What is the hunting and trapping like on the islands


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Re: Best place to become a hermit? [Re: TurkeyTime] #6531127
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Lots of fur seals apparently,unfortunately no market.

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I could never be a hermit. I enjoy my privacy and time alone but being a typical human I also enjoy social interaction much like here on this website.

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Re: Best place to become a hermit? [Re: coonwild] #6531136
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Originally Posted by coonwild




What is the hunting and trapping like on the islands

There’s game behind every tree.

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Fur seals are in the Pribilofs. Not much for furbearers as most islands have eradicated the invasive foxes. Adak and Amlia have caribou. Unimak has bears and wolves and not sure what else. Lots of sea ducks. I believe Waggler hunts out there sometimes. Not a nice place in the winter but amazing on a nice summer day. Maybe MJM will chime in. He spent time there.

Re: Best place to become a hermit? [Re: Willy Firewood] #6531251
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Originally Posted by Willy Firewood
A thief breaking into camps / cottages / cabins for as long as the guy in Maine must have been extremely cautious or extremely lucky. Especially breaking into many places in the same area and sometimes the same place more than once. When I read the article, I could not believe that someone did not catch him - literally. Booby traps and set-guns are highly illegal but people can get creative to protect their belongings...


He only did that from Labor Day until 1st snow fall, and then again from snow melt until Memorial Day (basically the items that tourists decided to leave behind in their cabins all winter).

There was in fact a cabin owner who hid in a closet of his cabin with a loaded rifle, but the hermit never came. The book is a good read I recommend it.


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Re: Best place to become a hermit? [Re: coonwild] #6531393
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Originally Posted by coonwild

Originally Posted by waggler



What is the hunting and trapping like on the islands

Lots of birds (ptarmigan and ducks , fish, and there are still some islands with blue arctic fox and red fox. A couple islands have caribou, and a couple other islands have reindeer.


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Originally Posted by Boco
... You have to have some kind of mental problem to want to avoid human contact for years on end.


The Maine hermit was diagnosed with Asperger syndrome.


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Watched a documentary on this guy a while back, not saying I'd wanna do it but he lived an interesting life. Happy trapping!
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Re: Best place to become a hermit? [Re: joepennanti] #6531652
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Originally Posted by joepennanti
Originally Posted by Boco
... You have to have some kind of mental problem to want to avoid human contact for years on end.


The Maine hermit was diagnosed with Asperger syndrome.


I have personal friends who have Asperger's syndrome and it definitely is not a "mental problem" for them; rather it is an asset.
Google "famous people with Asperger's syndrome".


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Both of my boys have Aspergers. It manifests differently in each person... The youngest would get along fine as a hermit. But the oldest boys' head would explode within 5 minutes if he didn't have someone to talk at.

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I also have personal friends who have Asperger's syndrome and it's not a "mental problem" for them either.

The National Institute of Mental Health, however, does list it as "a developmental disorder characterized by significant difficulties in social interaction... " and states that it differs from other mental disorders by relatively normal language and intelligence.

If you read the book I've been talking about you realize that the Maine hermit's intelligence was (is) much greater than normal. He's quite literally a genius.


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