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Doomsday Preppers Week 11: Farmers and Flyboys

John and Kelly Taylor are retired firefighters from Florida who have moved to the mountains of Virginia to live on a 41-acre homestead.

What led them to leave the Sunshine State?

Former emergency responders, they've been on duty during hurricanes and other natural disasters, and they've seen how thin the veneer of civilization can be when the infrastructure holding our society breaks down for even a little while. They've seen mankind go primal, and they want to insulate themselves from the social unrest that will follow what they feel is a coming economic collapse. Where have I heard that before? Oh yeah.

From everyone.

They invested all of John's retirement into prepping. The little income they do have of $4,000-$6,000 a year comes from their solar panel array, which not only provides all the power they can use, but generates enough energy that they sell the remainder to the power company.

Between their crops, animals, and honey bees, the Taylors have managed to "check out" of the normal monetary economy, rendering them largely immune to the direct impact of the financial collapse they fear must come.

Of course, what they can't do is isolate themselves 100% from the sort of social unrest that would presumably follow such a collapse, and so they're taking steps to defend what they've built.

In the event that they are forced from their homestead due to invaders, they have supply caches in the hills nearby, and have a desire to protect them. Their solution? Conibear traps. I don't claim to be an expert on trapping, but I've heard the stories of body traps such as these designed for possums and beavers killing family pets, and I find it both unethical and possibly illegal to set such traps and leave them unattended as they seem intent on doing. It's also incredibly stupid. Do they really think a trap designed for a small animal is going to stop even the blind man that doesn't see the shiny metal traps, or it is just going to tip invaders off that something nearby is worth taking?