Finding Your Off-Grid Survival Retreat in Montana
ReadyNutrition Readers, Survivalists, Preppers, and Homesteaders, lend me your ears! I come to give you some pointers Montana land for a survival retreat
, and a plug for myself in the bargain. Why not? And what would that plug be? I have a piece of property for sale that would suit the interests of any off-grid, homesteading prepper who really wants to settle in the “American Redoubt” out of the way of the coming maelstrom. Here are the basics on my property for sale:
20 Acres, private, off-grid, water rights, two-story cabin with woodstove, barn, shed, goat pen, tool room with workbenches, two-story chicken coop, gigantic root cellar, and two more storage buildings on site. Low property taxes, as all structures are above-ground with no foundation and aren’t assessed. $100K worth of timber on the site. 4,300 feet elevation, the mountains of the North Fork of Montana. Other “perks,” we can discuss. Serious inquiries only. E-mail Jeremiah Johnson here, email@example.com for more, and “let’s make a deal!” I would be delighted to meet you and show you everything if you come out here.” Also: I’m not moving out of Montana; I have another place close by.
There. Someone once wrote that I just offer advice. Well, here’s more. I invite you to “play ball” in my neck of the woods. Montana is excellent as a retreat location, seriously. The property taxes outside of the small cities and towns are not excessive, and the land is not as expensive as many of the other states that are in the “Great American Redoubt.” Let’s give you some more reasons to move to Montana as a retreat location. Open carry is permitted, and concealed carry without a permit is legal and allowed everywhere except in an established town, and even there it is permitted when you’re in your vehicle and traveling with it as such from one place to another.
In Montana, if you have a Montana driver’s license, you can purchase a firearm and walk out the door with no waiting period. In addition, private sales are legal and require no call-ins or background checks. Just a handshake and exchange of the money and the firearm. You go your way and the seller goes his. Big Daddy Government has nothing to do with it.
In Montana if you build a house that is not on a foundation, you pay no property taxes on it…only for the land (as such is the case with my property for sale). In Montana, if you want to live outside of a town (a must!) you don’t have any building codes or restrictions on what you put up. You can live in a tent, a tarpaper shack, or a stone villa…you aren’t interfered with in any way. Home improvements do not require any permits, licenses or any other garbage. No zoning requirements, no restrictions. None.
The population density is low (except during the tourist season), and believe you me, if you live anywhere in Western Montana (especially the Northwest, where I live), you are there in the “outback” and the wilderness of the Rocky Mountains. Let me tell you more. The area in and surrounding the Flathead Valley is extremely safe: there are no big target cities anywhere near. The closest being Seattle, with four major mountain ranges to the west between them and Montana. To the east are the missile silos, but it is to the east of the Continental Divide, with hundreds of miles and four major mountain ranges in between, plus the prevailing westerlies, meaning fallout would drift away from us, not toward us.
The area from a target perspective is completely safe. There are no military industries or key industrial targets in the region. The railroad line runs straight (east to west) through Glacier National Park, and also has a branch that runs North and South to Kalispell with a rail line that runs west as well. The strategic necessity would be to preserve this rail line (from a domestic or foreign invader’s perspective) as it enables transport across the Divide, just a word maybe to most…but rugged and impassible in any way to transport equipment, materials, and supplies in a manner that saves hundreds of miles out of the way.
The towns provide the basic necessities if one needs supplies, and medical help is less than an hour’s drive if you set your homestead up right. Kalispell and Whitefish have hospitals, and there are small doctor’s offices and care clinics in some of the larger of the small towns. Everything is spread out, but not painfully so. Four-wheel drive here is a must: refer to some of my other articles on emergency preparations and procedures when you or the family are driving anywhere in inclement weather.
My property is very close to the National Forest, but it is not able to be annexed in any way, by either the government or the timber companies. There are many properties that border national forests or are nearby, and these are excellent properties that allow you to actually run to a safe place in the forests if marauders, foreign armies, or any others drive you out in a grid-down, SHTF scenario. There is plenty of water, even during the drought seasons and the winter.
Be advised: the winters are rough, but then again, you want to rough it, don’t you? All of your skills that you have been developing in theory will come to play here: from woodcutting to canning, log-splitting to snow and ice removal. Montana has abundant game and is a hunter’s paradise, and as I have done, you can fill your freezer for more than a year with one elk. So here it is! Montana is more than worth considering, it is worth acting upon. All the skills in the world cannot be employed in a state such as California or New Jersey, but you can ply your craft in Montana and be safe doing it. Hope to hear from you all soon, and all comments and inquiries about the state that I haven’t covered are more than welcome. Keep your powder dry, and keep fighting that good fight!
Jeremiah Johnson is the Nom de plume of a retired Green Beret of the United States Army Special Forces (Airborne). Mr. Johnson was a Special Forces Medic, EMT and ACLS-certified, with comprehensive training in wilderness survival, rescue, and patient-extraction. He is a Certified Master Herbalist and a graduate of the Global College of Natural Medicine of Santa Ana, CA. A graduate of the U.S. Army’s survival course of SERE school (Survival Evasion Resistance Escape), Mr. Johnson also successfully completed the Montana Master Food Preserver Course for home-canning, smoking, and dehydrating foods.
Mr. Johnson dries and tinctures a wide variety of medicinal herbs taken by wild crafting and cultivation, in addition to preserving and canning his own food. An expert in land navigation, survival, mountaineering, and parachuting as trained by the United States Army, Mr. Johnson is an ardent advocate for preparedness, self-sufficiency, and long-term disaster sustainability for families. He and his wife survived Hurricane Katrina and its aftermath. Cross-trained as a Special Forces Engineer, he is an expert in supply, logistics, transport, and long-term storage of perishable materials, having incorporated many of these techniques plus some unique innovations in his own homestead.
Mr. Johnson brings practical, tested experience firmly rooted in formal education to his writings and to our team. He and his wife live in a cabin in the mountains of Western Montana with their three cats.
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