This week I went up to our local camp spot near town to meet some friends. In the campground were two brothers that had come from near San Diego last May, Trevor and Ian. They were dissheveled looking hippie type guys with traditional equipment. Their story became more interesting when I learned that they try to live without the use of money. They were foraging for most their food. They ate lots of trout, mushrooms and other native plants. They were small scrawny looking guys that had little hunting success with their crossbow hunting small game. We talked about hunting among other things and I suggested that a .22 pistol worn on the belt would increase their chances of harvesting rabbits, marmots, and ground squirrels for food.
They had seen only 3 bears in five months and not that much wildlife until north of Sonora Pass. They had a deer liscense but it was only good in CA for a specific hunt area that they had already passed, and the season doesn't start until October.
They were not freeloaders, but definitely alternative lifestyle people. They were skilled musicians with a great sense of humor. I drove them down the mountaiin to a local cafe to buy some beer. Their next plan is to go to the Republic of the Congo to live with pygmies. Inspiring and interesting fellows.