Over the past few years, I’ve really put a lot of thought into setting up something like a feralculture node. I’ve spent thousands of hours researching other communities, looking at land, trying to build tribe, and practicing the skills I’ll need to live closer to harmony with Nature.
Other than the financial startup costs thing, I’m ready to hit the ground running but there’s one topic that is really complicating things. In the US, and I’m sure in other countries, it’s illegal to sleep outside on your own land, hunt, and fish, without paying for permits and licenses. Even if you buy a permit to camp on your own land, you’re still required to have a permitted septic system installed, and you have to have acquired a building permit. Only once all of these expensive conditions are met can you temporarily legally camp on your land. For hunting and fishing, licenses, tags, predetermined areas and seasons, and bag limits all make hunter gatherer life illegal and nearly impossible.
I think we may be putting the cart before the horse by thinking about node locations when the lifestyle we want the nodes to help enable is totally illegal.
We have a few options.
Gather groups together to try and use the system proactively to secure feral human rights. I don’t know if there are lawyers with souls though, and they’ll definitely be needed, so that might be a catch 22.
Do what we want right out in the open and fight reactively to set court precedent that protects our rights.
Keep looking for the perfect locations and collaborators that will allow the nodes to fly under the radar.
Set up some kind of religious status.
Only set up nodes in super remote places with no codes/enforceable hunting laws.
3mules.com is a site documenting the travels of a guy that travels up and down the west coast on foot, with his two mules. He’s been getting tickets for existing in the “wrong” places for years and he wins them consistently. I think that, possibly just in California, precedent has been set that says people can sleep in public places if they’re not doing anything else illegal. This may apply to nodes and other states too. Sadly, I’d need a lawyer to figure that out.
As far as hunting and fishing goes, I just broke down and bought a fishing license, I typially only hunt on private property, and when I do, I cook and eat it immediately. I also eat a lot of bugs. Subsistence hunting and fishing will need to be clearly defined and legislated before we can really grow the feralculture movement.
Anyway, I just wanted to bring this up and see what ideas others have about the legality aspects of this project.