Another Off-Grider Shutdown: History Channel’s Mountain Man Targeted by Government Zoning Officials

After 26 years of living off the land, and teaching scores of people about the American Heritage way of getting back to nature, Eustace Conway, who was featured on featured on The History Channel’s Mountain Men, has been forced to close his nature school.

Eustace Conway

Eustace, who purchased a large amount of land outside Boone, N.C., has been using his land to teach people how to live closer to nature. But now, thanks to government officials who don’t agree with his lifestyle, Eustace is being forced to fight for his way of life and to keep his school open.

Like many of the stories we’ve covered over the last couple of years, Eustace is another in a long string of people who are being “zoned” out of existence. From the heartbreaking story of Andrew Wordes, who took his life after code enforcement teams seized his home, to the Off-Gridders in California who are being illegally forced back on to the grid, what’s happening to Eustace seems to be a calculated attack on anyone who dares live a self-sufficient lifestyle.

It’s really sickening when you look into what’s really going on. We have government officials across our land who are threatening people, arresting them, and forcibly taking their land; and for what?

When did it become acceptable for the government to intimidate someone off their land? When did it become acceptable for the government to tell us how we can live on our own land? These aren’t people living in some urban area, where you might be able to make a case for zoning ordinances; these are people who live in rural areas of the country on large plots of land.

In the case of Eustace Conway, this is a man who lives on a large plot of rural land who isn’t doing anything to disturb anyone in any way. Yet county officials have literally shut him down and told him he can’t teach people how to live off the land unless he makes changes that would go against his way of life.

Here is his Story:

Government Crack Down on Self-Reliance and Liberty

Uncle Sam Propaganda Poster

While some dismiss these cases as localized issues, I believe they’re part of a larger movement to control the way Americans live. What we are seeing here is a coordinated attack on traditional American values and an all out assault on the self-reliant lifestyle.

I think evidence of this can be seen:


  1. I am an ICC Certified Building Official and Code Inspector. This makes me ashamed of my profession. Is there anything I can do to help Eustace?

    • D. White
      March 1, 2013 at 8:54 pm

      Help him by finding him a way (to counter sue them) for trying to stop him from utilizing HIS land as he sees fit. Its no different from selling a bunch of hand made yarn hats that (you make) to earn money to pay your own property taxes…

      • jim
        March 2, 2013 at 12:38 pm

        D. White, several of us have done and do what we can to help others in our profession but to maintain a career we have to walk that fine line of enforcement that comes from the position. I always give others their digintity and I am more of a teacher mentality than a abusive govt official. I believe in putting the servant back into the “Public Servant” roll….

        • Hava Conscience
          January 31, 2014 at 8:34 am

          If you had any moral character, you would NOT BE MAINTAINING A CAREER working for this corrupt government. You would develop the skills and confidence to be independent of this sick system…kind of like Eustace.

          Stop making excuses about careers, I was only following orders, it’s my job, etc. People that work for government are the problem. NON-COMPLIANCE IS THE ANSWER.

          • Flashmiester
            February 9, 2014 at 11:21 am

            Jeez Hava Conscience give the man a break. We do need codes and safety when it comes to our buildings, public and private. People like you really live in a dreamland if you think we do not need some common rules and regulations. Think a little before making such ignorant statements.

          • Whoa Whoa
            November 4, 2015 at 6:57 pm

            Relax crazy… people need jobs.

          • Grumpypopeye
            January 25, 2016 at 5:01 pm

            Flashmiester is obviously indoctrinated well. we dont need codes, we less government. You be a slave .I’m keeping my off grid home. The Constitution says I can take arms against anyone who would take it. You obviously would die if you tried to live like this..and govern yourself. Because you nor any others of USA Inc. govern this living man.arrogant jerks.

          • jerry
            January 26, 2016 at 1:16 pm

            Trust me…I have been harassed by code enforcement to the point of having a building condemned and demolished at my expense BUT you have to have some regulations otherwise your neighbors might put a trailer park next to your 400,000.00 house or make their own septic system or build a tin shed…. many things are in place for good reason, others are overkill. North richland hills texas code enforcement and zoning are VERY corrupt.

          • Chance
            January 26, 2016 at 9:00 pm

            You have to be the most ignorant walk of life. Disgrace to America and what it was built on. Take your nonsense and shove it up your ass!

          • Michael Moore
            January 27, 2016 at 12:15 pm

            There is no judgemental here and we are all “getting” to where we are going. I think it is helpful to have people with integrity in these positions and remember, not all counties, cities and governments are corrupt and acting counterintuitively to the people.

          • Person with common sense
            January 27, 2016 at 1:05 pm

            What your preaching is anarchy. Turns out some people in Oregon recently tried this and it didn’t work to well for them. While I agree the govt tends to way over reach, I think some common sense is in order. Stop trying to shame a man for not throwing his career away. Besides we need more people like him, if all good people in the govt quit then all that would be left are the bad ones. See the flaw in your logic yet?

          • Nomon
            January 27, 2016 at 6:33 pm

            A lot of big Mouth Keyboard Quarterbacks. Easy for you to tell someone else to quit their jobs. Easy for you to run your mouth but little or no help after he quits.
            Trying to clean the government up from the inside out is the only way.

          • BigBadWolf
            January 27, 2016 at 7:35 pm

            Conscience ur a moron. Your comment is one of the dumbest posted here.

          • Ashat
            January 27, 2016 at 10:19 pm

            that Whoa Whoa guy thinks people need jobs LOL

          • BlubloodedpatriotEnter your name...
            January 28, 2016 at 1:15 am

            Grumpy you are no different than the politicians you so vehemently and ignorantly berate. You take our constitution and perversely manipulate it to suit what you want. No where in the constitution does it say you can take arms against someone trying to take your property. You have the right to bear arms yes, but it doesn’t say you can do so against the government no matter how messed up and corrupt it is. I am a patriot and a constitutionalist and I will defend my country and all my countrymen from all threats both foreign and domestic. I doubt you can say the same.

          • Matt bakerEnter your name...
            January 28, 2016 at 2:40 am

            I totally agree with you!!!

          • Mickey Mouse
            January 28, 2016 at 6:08 am

            Jerry there is nothing wrong with living in a Mobile Home or having a tin shed. That’s better than being homeless. A lot of people can’t afford a hundred thousand or more dollar house so they depend on mobile home parks to find a place to live. I’d love to live off the grid. Thats one the reasons why I love camping in a tent. But in my state if you don’t have running water or electricity then dhr will come in and take your kids away. But you can live like that in Alaska and its ok. That doesn’t make sense. You should be allowed to live the way you want and as long as your kids are safe and you have food for your kids then they shouldn’t be taken away. If your living off the grid dhr (Department of Human Resources)(the government) should not even be allowed to come in your house.I would love to live off the grid so that my kids could see there other stuff they can do without tv and internet. They love camping. I know they would love living off the grid.

          • O
            January 28, 2016 at 7:27 am

            Systems like the FED are much easier to change from within. Keep up the good fight.

          • FaseFocker
            January 28, 2016 at 8:16 am

            @hava consciene: Says the guy posting this on the internet. you know…that information medium brought to by the gubmint. You ignorant whackadoodle thinking you’re some lone wolf fighting for the good of all men. you’re a nut job who can’t accept that anarchy is a failed system. for millennia. You’re not a super hero…you’re just a cranky sociopath.

          • FED UP
            January 29, 2016 at 10:09 am

            Way to go!!! “Have a conscience” indeed!!! You moron…non compliance is only a tool not the end all means of change. The best position for change is from the inside…being outside the working of any organization is just a quick way to be dismissed…so instead of belittling those who may be able to help us maybe you shut out your big girl panties on and try to talk they things before resorting to an infantile tantrum….and yes this is a bunch of crap…if it was my land I’d want to do as I saw fit as well…the government should have no say in how I live as long as I am able to coexist with my neighbors in an amicable fashion.

          • James BelknapEnter your name...
            January 30, 2016 at 9:10 am

            I’m grateful for building rules and regulations whenever I walk safely in and out of an establishment and you just aren’t smart enough to realize you are too. What about walmart if they don’t want to follow safety laws should we allow that too?

          • rob
            March 30, 2016 at 4:16 am

            You’re an idiot. Lord knows how many decent & moral government employees are trying to fight governmdnt corruption from the inside so to speak. If we all left our jobs then only the corrupt will be left.

          • Gordon
            March 30, 2016 at 10:39 pm

            It would be helpful to have sympathizers working for us on the inside though. If enough of them get hired in, it would be easier to make real changes happen from the inside.

            Until then, they can advise us and give us insider’s information on how to fight their bosses.

          • Gordon
            March 30, 2016 at 10:43 pm

            Hey Hava Conscience . . .

            It would be helpful to have sympathizers working for us on the inside though. If enough of them get hired in, it would be easier to make real changes happen from within.

            Until then, our insiders can advise us and give us insider’s information on how to fight their bosses Oppression.

          • Marklang500
            April 1, 2016 at 7:39 am

            Buildings in struggling countries collapse and kill hundereds all the time because of the lack of code enforcement. What it comes down to is PUBLIC safety, vs. PRIVATE safety. My opinion is, this guy is crossing into the public realm by teaching out of his “school”, which makes him subject to code enforcement. Its a real problem. What he needs to do is set up an area on his land that is for his business that has code compliance. It could be as simple as a steel shelter awning with signs that say, “No public Bathrooms” etc…etc…lots of disclaimers, and a massive liability waiver.

          • Enter your name . . . Dart
            April 1, 2016 at 8:30 pm

            Read the Red Amendment and learn what has been done to you through the 14th amendment. You will also learn how to legally free yourself from their corporation.

        • Gene Owens
          January 29, 2016 at 5:52 pm

          Sounds like you like the power of the job and pretending to sympathize with victim while stealing their land for the government or shutting them down and forcing them to have utilities hooked up against their will just makes you no better than a badge-happy cop over stepping his authority! If you really care about these people you would quit your job immediately,find another and speak out publicly about these unlawful atrocities. Your are power drunk and do not care!!

        • ScottEnter your name...
          January 29, 2016 at 7:43 pm

          It would seem that no one has the entire picture in their viewing glasses. Everyone is doing exactly what the “officials” count on and that is divide ourselves so they do not have to face a majority. Politics as ususal.
          Why don’t the vetran code “guys” get the the land owners and figure out what needs to be done to make this thing right?
          Why don’t the people of the applicable County and City get together to change the rules and regulations so that this is not an issue for anyone else?
          There is your solution “opinionites…” reunite for the common good. You know “for the People, by the People…” ring any bells?

          • Enter your name...mike ferg
            March 31, 2016 at 10:34 am

            Absolutley rustics needs community help. The more people in the county that would bond together, hold protests and let the county officials know the number of voting folks that are tired of see this type of injustice. Once they see numbers and understand that not righting wrongs of this nature could cost them their jobs is how we will get them to look at a different options.

        • Jada B
          January 29, 2016 at 10:03 pm

          “Maintain a career?” You just said what you do is more important, NOT because it’s what you feel is right, but because you are looking out for number 1, yourself. “I’d like to help , but uh, well, I like my cozy job better than doing what’s right.” It’s people like you that make everyone hate the govetnment, and have destroyed this country.

          • Doug
            January 31, 2016 at 10:44 am

            I don’t see anything wrong with a descent guy in the job. I had descent town inspectors who didn’t bother me about all kinds of things except when it was a real safety issue and the inspector told me to correct it – he didn’t give me a fine. Inspectors like him are much needed and appreciated. I still believe compliance should be optional but who wants to buy a home built by someone who didn’t comply? Let the market decide.

        • Enter your name...Lynn
          January 31, 2016 at 8:22 am

          You do realize that when the bullets start flying because that’s the only way I think we’ll get the federal government out of our lives is another revolution and reinstate constitution of this great nation in its entirety without exception I will shoot people like you I won’t listen to your stupid excuse of I was trying to follow a career path you’re trying to follow your career path by protect your ass and let your fellow government workers come steal American citizens land for no reason wich in and of itself is tyranny and by watching your coworkers do it makes you guilty by association so quit now while there is still time

          • Enter your name...any name
            March 29, 2016 at 6:54 pm


        • Enter your name...Joe
          March 29, 2016 at 6:52 pm

          Anyone employed by the government is an enemy to Freedom and Liberty. This US corporate government is anti American and should be dissolved back into a real republic!

          • Bodeene
            April 1, 2016 at 9:07 am

            Lynn,Joe; Maybe it’s your way of thinking that causes Government to give amnesty to so many refugees! They have to have someone that will work for them! Government has employed more than 3.5 million Syrian, Afghani, and other refugees this year alone! While happy in your cave, lean-too, or tree house, I’m sure they are much happier in their penthouse working, with benefits like health insurance, college scholarships, and Government grants for their children’s educations! Go ahead, give it to them so you can just be you! SMH

        • Shellie
          March 29, 2016 at 11:22 pm

          When a government employee refuses to di what is right regardless of the consequences he is no better than those making the terrible rules! Our paychecks and personal comfort cannot be at the expense of others comforts! Otherwise you will be next!

        • Ryan
          March 31, 2016 at 7:19 am

          This is why the government is fucked up. We civilians are not public servants. That’s what you government workers are supposed to be! You should be helping this man keep his personal liberties not “

        • John mitchellEnter your name...
          April 1, 2016 at 12:00 pm

          You are on the wrong side. Grow a set stand up for what is right and dont be afraid to lose your job standing up for what is right. You are taking the easy road

      • William
        June 15, 2014 at 7:09 pm

        These days I don’t trust ANY govt. official. They all have agendas for the “big govt.” they are bullies and only care about their wallet size. It’s pretty sad to see.

        • Flashmiester
          January 27, 2016 at 12:46 pm

          Hey Grumpypopeye, bite me you idiot. How about we change the system from within instead of talking big and doing nothing but sitting in the woods and talking ourselves? No indotrination here, just common fucking sense. You twit.

          • UpsetwithworldEnter your name...
            January 28, 2016 at 4:10 pm

            Flashmiester, I understand codes and rules in town but out in the woods? News flash, people move out to the woods to live better. There is no need for electric and cable and all the bills we get charged. A very small home or tin home is better than homeless. Common F***** sense….I don’t think so lack of HISTORY!!!!!!!! It will repeat again because people like you don’t pay attention!

          • Enter your name...any name
            March 29, 2016 at 6:56 pm

            Nice way to win people over to your way of thinking. Sounds like you’d shoot the guy if you had your government guns with you.

        • Rick mentEnter your name...
          January 27, 2016 at 6:19 pm

          The government do not want us to know how to live on our own. I see nothing bad about what these people are doing. They are not free loaders like the govt giving all the free money to all the lazy people.that will not work for a living. They want us to depend on them. They have no right to do this to these that want to live off the grid, grow their own food. They are not in anyones way. The government has over stepped their bounds. The guys that are going in and stopping these people that want nothing for the government should be left alone. Thus country has gone to the dogs after all the supid people that voted for the Muslim obum. It’s scary that he has another year.The next year he’s in office , he should be filled with impeachment. Maybe that will help stop some of his evil plan he has up his sleeve.Why did he buy all that ammo, more than all the gulf wars used.He has his own people to kill anyone that will not do things his way.Then these officials that think they r doing right will regret it. They are just pawns.

          • Fed up
            January 28, 2016 at 4:14 am

            I agree .: what is so wrong with supplying for your self.. Actually that’s what the bible teaches.. And the Amish are ok to live the way they want with out people saying anything so why is this different .. The government should be happy that someone is trying to survive with out all the wants of the world .. I give him props.

          • ArmyVet
            January 28, 2016 at 10:19 am

            Rick you are a flipping turd. Our president is not Muslim first of all. Second everything that has been going on that you are talking about did not start with him. Look back. All these crazy laws came from republicans. Learn something about your countries history before you start laying blame. That is all.

        • farmer man
          January 28, 2016 at 6:23 pm

          I agree with Mickey Mouse 100% If they can do it in Alaska why can’t we do it hear. That man is a smart individual and that is what the government is scared of. We pay taxes on our land so we should be able to do what we want to on it…..

          • richard
            March 31, 2016 at 10:29 am

            Not A Muslim……………BAHAAHAAA

      • Enter your name...
        January 28, 2016 at 4:08 am

        Its the starting of martial law…..lock obuma up..he destroying america big time before he leaves..he an evil pig that is racist and hates his mother

        • AndOutComeTheRacists
          January 28, 2016 at 2:31 pm

          Yep, I knew eventually the racists would come out blaming it on Obama.
          Martial Law, Obama hates his mother……are you not taking your meds today or what?

          • Enter your name...tob
            January 28, 2016 at 4:53 pm

            R u high Obama is the worst president in the history or all man kind and u my friend r just as stupid as is muslim ass his name is Brock Obama that’s a fucking Muslim if I ever heard one

          • Jgitvudv
            January 29, 2016 at 5:25 am

            Apparently tob believes you should be free to be whatever you want except Muslim. Oh, now I get it, you can be free to be like he is but not what you want to be if he is afraid of it.

          • Enter your name...Sierra nevada
            January 30, 2016 at 8:17 am

            Racists really? You must live in S.F.

          • tony
            March 31, 2016 at 10:50 am

            I agree with you 100% f

          • Armitta S Klemann((Pistolla)
            August 25, 2016 at 4:13 pm

            I hate to bust your bubble – But,Obummer is 100% Muslim!

      • Stevee
        January 28, 2016 at 1:01 pm

        Agenda 21, New sustainable Agenda or 2030 Agenda. This is why

        • Intelligence
          January 31, 2016 at 6:23 am

          Stevee, Thank you! No emotion just a simple fact! Now, let us see who looks this up!

      • Ryan
        January 28, 2016 at 3:19 pm

        Sue them for deprivation of civil rights. Their ex-post facto zoning changes amount to a taking of his income. Should be handled under the takings clause of the Constitution.

      • Hillbilly
        March 31, 2016 at 7:44 pm

        Building codes were meant for modern buildings in urban areas where anyone could enter. And there are people in this country that are so stupid that they can’t do anything without being told how. Legally if his clients sign a waiver upon entering I do not see the problem. The EPA is recently becoming a tool of the government to control the people who don’t know better. The Constitution was supposed to protect life, liberty, property, and the persuit of happiness. As I see it these laws are infringing on 3 of those making the laws he’s supposedly breaking them selves unconstitutional and illegitimate.

      • joanie kahlEnter your name...
        April 4, 2016 at 12:04 pm

        Comment above “Help him by finding him a way (to counter sue them” only shows that you mean well but are disconnected from the real justice system……plz allow me a miniute: first he would need somewhere between $5000 and 20,000 disposable cash to hire a lawyer to ‘research’ his case. Before any papers are filed. Then and here is the fun part this will be tried in a federal administrative court by U S Attorneys with unlimited tax paid funding of their salaries and team needs. Endless funding. They will practice delay tactics and more carry in out for years. Then understand that the federal courts with federal judges and federal charges by EPA, BLM HHR and any other agency represented in your county by liason agreements that we citizens let slip by under it will help your county and your citizens to safer something or other. so if the fed courts who pass the fed laws don’t get cha the state courts and state paid attorneys will as they are ‘guided’ by the feds behind the scenes. hope you go this. You will give in now or later and you wil bow and scrape to the feds ie the king. OR you can stop believing he has a chance in hell of prevailing years from now…..and fight with emails and complaints however we can….There is a place called Oregon where over 50 families were abused with no respect for the bill of rights for any of them and when they said no more…listen to us..they got the added love of a liberal media who ridicules ppl who like living off the gird….It is beginning and it is time.

    • Jim
      March 2, 2013 at 12:14 pm

      Richard I am right there with you. Been an inpspector for 22 yrs and really have a problem with this agenda 21 crap… One day a set of plans came across my desk for a Flouride treatment addition to our water system and I complained about it but was overruled. I guess we have to go through what Detroit is suffering from before we can get back to farming.

      • Dave I.
        January 31, 2014 at 8:38 am

        Stop working for the CRIMINALS and doing their bidding. IF the workers would REFUSE to participate in actions against their fellow man, this would stop.


        • Mike
          June 15, 2014 at 6:21 pm

          Non-compliance = non-eating.

          • Grumpypopeye
            January 25, 2016 at 5:03 pm

            only for your kind who will always be slaves.

          • Matt bakerEnter your name...
            January 28, 2016 at 2:47 am

            Hey Mike, have Eustace teach you how to farm then you can eat! You won’t though cause you comply!

        • Pat
          January 27, 2016 at 3:21 am

          I would rather have an honest person working in code enforcement than a corrupt one,

          • Ethan's?
            January 27, 2016 at 9:57 am

            How can these off gridded’ be off the grid if their using computers? Just sayin!

          • Therese
            January 27, 2016 at 3:25 pm

            We need the honest ones to stay. Otherwise we’re lost. Our county government in McHenry Co. IL got way out of line. Started telling businesses what color they should paint buildings. I can’t camp overnight my 10 acre farm because there is no house there. They said camping is living there.

          • Amen! We need HONEST people in all areas of our government starting with our President~ It won’t be so funny when Marsall Law Bops in! Be ready cause I believe it’s coming!!

        • CandaceEnter your name...
          January 27, 2016 at 11:29 am

          If these men quit their jobs, the govt would just hire someone to replace them.

          • Armylifer
            January 27, 2016 at 12:33 pm

            People off grid can use computers, they can use their electric razor and a whole bunch of other small electrical appliances using batteries! It’s simple and relatively cheap. One 12 volt battery with an inverter attached and connected to the nice solar panel for charging the battery can hook up to the web with a PC or with a smartphone! They can even use their electric can opener for opening that big can of soup.

          • Panko
            January 28, 2016 at 7:34 pm

            LOL, you’re absolutely right…. How are all of you who claim to be “off-gridders” and the ones who bellyache your silly roar of “NON-COMPLIANCE IS THE ANSWER” all over the internet like white on rice??
            I’m sure your waterfall electricity generator conjuered up just enough power to run that maple tree stick PC you’re using to preach to all of us about how we’re all “compliant” and you’re above all that… I’m sure your free-range chickens produced just enough freed up cash to buy the shirt on your back, or perhaps the LED tv in you posh living quarters covered by mad and straw, so you could watch the news to LEARN about such events “the gov’t” knows nothing about…… You sit there and play all of us who work like fools, said the man on a PC whining about “NON-COMPLIANCE IS THE ANSWER”……
            Quiet boy… Ya bother me..

        • Common sense
          January 27, 2016 at 1:08 pm

          You sir are an idiot.

      • Dixie & Me
        August 25, 2014 at 11:29 am

        All of the writers who subscribe and promote off grid living, especially from a military perspective, recommend going underground, literally, or keeping the lifestyle extremely secret. I agree with that philosophy. We the people have real enemies among us. We must function like we are inside of a war zone. if we are to remain free. The ones whom are getting caught are way to much in the public eye.

        • bob
          September 16, 2015 at 10:55 pm

          No one cars about you,and most certainly not the government you paranoid nut case.

          • Grumpypopeye
            January 25, 2016 at 5:09 pm

            oh yes they do..and we are all around you..and so is USA Inc. We dont mean you harm we just want free of your insanity YOU, call a life. We have a LIFE, you are just existing, and only because your a willing slave…its not paranoia when you dont trust.. its’s survival. Your probably a fat 40 year old living in his mother basement..and even if your not, your programmed well in your ignorance.what we call a two legged sheep. But you are insignificant as you say…to them and to us..because your kind wont survive the first catastrophe that comes along, you will either expire quickly or if you live resort to cannibalism in the cities.

        • Enter your name...rawbuck
          January 26, 2016 at 7:18 am

          It is simply racism against the white race

        • ChrisEnter your name...
          March 31, 2016 at 11:40 pm

          I think that was Eustis’s problem, he let them do a TV show about his lifestyle and kind of made people in town look bad. I love what he was doing, but these days you have to keep that stuff hush, hush.
          Prepare for the revolution, it’s coming, and it will not be televised.

      • PatEnter your name...
        January 27, 2016 at 6:53 pm

        Fluoride is poison used to kill sodium fluoride look it up

    • Vet63
      June 21, 2013 at 10:35 am

      Conway was not shut down because of how he lives but because he was running a tourist attraction and so called school, serving food and providing lodging without observing proper health and safety standards. He can live there as long as he wants and any way he wants but you can’t have thousands of people using the woods as a latrine without creating a stink so to speak. His financial problems are not about taxes as claimed but about his not paying a law suit for a child who lost an eye on his property. He does not get along with his neighbors and has been arrested for trespass because he seems to think he has some right to tell them what they can or cannot do on their property. How is it that a person who lives off grid has his own website? Check “Turtle Island Preserve”. Eustace Conway and Turtle Island are in fact nothing like what is presented on TV. The county was right to shut him down, they were only remiss in not doing it sooner.

      • Jonathan Bailey
        July 14, 2013 at 7:04 pm

        its funny to me that people like you see problems with this, but not with the GMO Monsanto monsters. Did we always have toilets, electricity and plumbing? the government says this man isnt running a healthy environment, but anyone can take their children to McDonalds for every meal of the day with no backlash, to feed them poison…they want his land to develop it, period. i suppose your just another ignorant government charlie…and who cares if it isnt what TV shows? neither is jersey shore…you, or nobody else, has the right to tell this man what he can do on his own land. at least he isnt aborting children, or marrying gays and lesbians on it, thank God. But THAT would be acceptable…

        • Pantycrickets
          July 15, 2013 at 4:32 pm

          We didn’t always have toilets, and we also didn’t always have hundreds of people using the same area as a toilet. That sort of behavior was responsible for millions of deaths in England. Recall that people used to throw their chamber pots right into the streets? We have certain laws for good reasons. Humans used to do many things, and the life expectancy followed suit.

          • dennis blackmonEnter your name...
            January 27, 2016 at 6:44 am

            so,is this why NYC is making it legal to urinate in he streets,population control?So millions can die of diseases.

        • R. VanOrden
          September 8, 2013 at 4:55 pm

          I am all for living off the grid and being self sufficient. I’ve been doing it for over 25 years. Eustace Conway is a complete fraud. Plain and simple.

          • pete
            December 17, 2013 at 3:41 am

            You’ve been living off the grid for 25 years? …yet you somehow managed to post that comment stating that he’s a “complete fraud.” Isn’t that the case of the kettle calling the pot black?

          • Alpheus
            January 31, 2014 at 10:12 am

            living off the grid does not mean living without electricity and such. It is not being connected to the controllers, being independent. I can live off the grid and still have all the latest electronics and technologies except of coarse hard line cable. ect…. ect… ect…

        • John
          December 30, 2013 at 6:22 am

          Wow…. Just wow…. Are you really this stupid or are you just saying this stuff to get a rise out of someone? First off to suggest that it’s okay for human waste from countless people to just be spread around and not collected and treated in a waste management facility is mind blowingly retarded. Secondly you’re saying that this person has no right to tell anyone what they can and can’t do and yet you’re saying it’s wrong to abort a fetus or have a gay marriage which makes you a hypocrite. Thirdly there is a certain standard that you have to meet to open your place to the public and if you don’t meet them then you don’t need to be open to the public. God I wish your parents approved of abortion and participated in it that way there would be one less imbecile in this world.

          • Bob Swogger
            February 7, 2014 at 7:34 pm

            Talk about hypocrite; you are the utltimate hiypoctrate!

          • William
            June 15, 2014 at 7:14 pm

            Abortion and gay marriage IS wrong!

          • BigjohnEnter your name...
            January 26, 2016 at 9:43 am

            New York is passing a law that you can urinate any place you want.

          • AngryjewEnter your name...
            January 26, 2016 at 6:57 pm

            Abortion? Really you are scum. You are proof that abortions can live. Can’t wait till the electrical grid goes down permanently, then the population of dumbasses will decline drastically and only the strong will be left standing.

          • Steve
            January 27, 2016 at 12:14 pm

            Wow is right… John is a little sheltered from reality I would say. People have crapped in the woods for centuries and still do from in many places. Surely you know that you dig a hole… you don’t just crap in the middle of your path. at some point you cover the hole up and dig another. secondly aborting fetus IS wrong and no you have no right to tell me what to do on my land. Thirdly, I might agree to a certain point with you but the public is not being forced onto his land. It is there option. They know what they are getting into when they come so let them deal with it. And for the record I keep seeing where New York made it legal to urinate in public… that is not entirely true. They are currently looking at the possibility of removing it from being a criminal offense and treated more like a “misdemeanor” just to free up the criminal courts. People would still get arrested for it but would simply pay their fine and move on.

          • Bo
            January 28, 2016 at 12:34 pm

            Farmers in Ohio go to waste treatment plants and get the sludge (human feces) to spread on their crops as fertilizer so tell me again how he’s breaking laws

          • CountryBoy
            January 28, 2016 at 7:35 pm

            John you clearly would of better served this country if you were just swallowed by your mother in the first place. THEN we would of had one less imbucil in this country.

        • grubpubert
          July 31, 2015 at 5:54 pm

          North Carolina turned into California when all the intellectuals moved in. I’m a 60 year old Texan and noticed this 20 years ago when I was chosen to attend a graduate seminar on the southern novel in the southern community at UNC. I was shocked at how pro-government and political everyone was, and nobody was from NC. It’s like Austin which is completely foreign to most Texans. There is still a rural USA that wouldn’t put up with gov’t over-reaching; the city of Houston has NO zoning laws. You can build a synagogue next to a day care center next to a strip club next to a Baptist Church next to a liquor store next to a halfway house for parolees next to a multi-million dollar hotel. You can go fishing in the storm drains.

          • Shane Brandon
            December 18, 2015 at 12:06 am

            grubpubert , hilarious comment . You had me laughing out loud …

          • Marcus
            January 26, 2016 at 4:52 pm

            That’s a bunch of horse poo. I’ve lived in NC since 1979 and it’s nothing like CA. Open carry? Not in CA. Own AR-15s with high capacity magazines? Not in CA. Own a suppressor? Not in CA. BTW you can do all those things in NC. Get a grip. Mulder can’t help you.

        • Destin
          January 26, 2016 at 4:01 pm

          You are so right no one should tell him Jack shit about what he can and can’t do on his land

          • Enter your name...boot
            January 27, 2016 at 8:28 am

            Then u would hate what my Virginia county told me. I cannot camp legally on my own farm at all, ever, unless I pay $1,350.00 for a commercial campground permit. We sued and LOST! Google Ferguson Rutherford camping Isle of Wight, and read my story. ALL of us who hate this kind of crap need to stand up and fight back, en masse. Right now they are picking us off one by one and we are not winning!

      • chris
        October 6, 2013 at 11:08 pm

        Give them what they want eustice, every time you roll into town for sugar salt and flour, go to city hall, and take a big ole dump in their crapper….save it up for days on end, scrunch your cheeks up, hold it in buddy! don’t hit any big pot holes on the road…wouldn’t wanna lose that bad boy before you reach the drop zone…be sure to eat beans the night before, and drink some watered down grits in the morning while the ole truck is warming up. march yourself right down to the city hall crapper, and drop duke pal. let em know that theyre missing out on some backwoods doody aroma in that podunk little town. leave em somethin that’ll debreeze febreeze…be sure to write on the stall wall for a good time, call your gay loving uncle sam…bunch of scallywags…city slicker dip doodles got no business creepin around in the woods on your property nohow! save gas, and build yourself a catapult, and name it hooflungpoo, and put a made in china sticker on it….just to throw em off a little eh?

      • bill
        January 31, 2014 at 9:51 am

        go back to obozo fantasy babylon commi pig

        • yankeegal52
          February 26, 2014 at 12:10 am

          That’s really uncalled for and only shows an immaturity unbecoming any human being.

          • barbara watson
            May 31, 2014 at 3:47 pm

            Well another case of the government running everyone and no such thing as freedom of nothing! Its getting to where our hertidge is going out of sight and the ones who are trying to keep it alive is getting run off people can’t live in peace cause no one can leave anyone alone its getting to where a person can’t spit without the government sticking their nose in it or someone telling you can’t sit on your on porch ,its getting crazy !!! People don’t like what Eustace does don’t watch the show the remote does go to other channels no ones twisting anyone’s arm to watch it!!!!

          • Grumpypopeye
            January 25, 2016 at 5:55 pm

            and your statement just proves your a leftist control freak who only ‘thinks’ he is above others and their right as living men to speak their minds. You are part of the mental minority of lunatic fringe murderous leftist liberals I bet. mindless emotional control freaking arse openings who badly portray faux morals while they meddle in the liuves of people far more superior then their insignificant selves. And if my statement butt hurt you to much.. go buy some Preparation H and use the whole box to subdue that inflamed grey mass u call call a brain. arrogant ignorant panty waisted twinkie. Grow the hell up and get out of your mom’s basement.

      • Grumpypopeye
        January 25, 2016 at 5:25 pm

        oh my god liberal brain at work. WTF are you to say teaching how to live off grid needs to have running water and (certified) sewage treatment? I have lived of the grid without these and wind electric and solar waste composition. My foot print is 1 millionth of what yours has been, and will be till and after the grid collapses. If a child lost an eye on his property the child should sue its parents. and you can have thousands of people in the woods using latrines and they wont stink except within a few feet of them.. your concrete cave bathroom stinks worse between just dont notice it because you havent fresh air venting it 24/7 so you become immune to the smell. Great thing about off grid we dont have to drink the water we deficate in like ‘griddles’ do. And arrogant ignorance is epic. 11 years of off grid living and I have had internet that i can run all nite and a jeep that runs off of wood gassification. food is abundant in the wild both plant and animal and growning veggies without poisons has cured many of my pre off grid life’s ails. so do us a favor..since dont know jack shiz about living without a ring in your nose..leave the free people alone..and just be a slave…quietly. Just because you can’t doesnt mean others cant as well..thats an insanity to think that way. Your an ego maniac with an inferiority complex. Until you educate yourself on a matter, it would be smart to keep your ignorance under wraps.

        • Jane WilloamsonEnter your name...
          January 28, 2016 at 5:46 am

          Liberals are all about big government. Tha bigger the government, the more regulation. The Left is turning our country into a nanny state, and you can rest assured that the more they give you, the more they’re gonna tell you what you can do with it. Think about supporting a candidate who isn’t about giving you things, instead making it easier to get it yourself.

      • Ken PoolerEnter your name...
        January 26, 2016 at 8:34 am

        I used to live just down the road from where your are talking about and know for a fact some of your comments are false, Most people that really know him like him very much, just a down to earth nice person willing to lend a hand when needed. I used to be the Fire Chief in that aria so I do know you are not telling the truth.

        • Enter your name...SURFNTURF
          January 28, 2016 at 9:45 am

          Chief I know the man too and he would help anyone he could. He in fact is just a good old Country boy.. There ain’t much call for them anymore..

      • Todd
        February 1, 2016 at 7:10 am

        Finally someone with knowledge of the situation. With all the rhetoric here, it needs to be understood that the government isn’t trying to keep him from living the way he wants, rather protect the general public.

        And even though I still believe that is still overreaching, a majority of the general public is rather ignorant and need that protection.

      • Yes sirEnter your name...
        February 18, 2016 at 10:40 am

        Vet63.. my thoughts exactly. The best comment I’ve read so far.

    • Dulce
      July 28, 2013 at 2:36 pm

      The government doesn’t want you living off the grid, they want you living ON welfare!! Right!?

      • Bob Swogger
        February 7, 2014 at 7:38 pm

        The more people that are living on govmnt handouts, the more the power of the politicians.!

        • William
          June 15, 2014 at 7:17 pm

          Ya as far as the far left goes that is. Bunch of idiots!

        • Justin
          July 13, 2014 at 6:13 pm

          Oh my gosh finally some else has this figured out! Hope others see through it.

          • meatloaf44
            January 26, 2016 at 6:33 pm

            Eustace I make about 3000 a month if anyway possible I could move their I would contribute all I could to support that way of life
            thanks steve

    • elf
      January 31, 2014 at 11:06 am

      TITLE 18 U.S.C. SEC. 241, 242
      TITLE 42 U.S.C. SEC. 1982, 1983, 1985, 1986
      To all persons, officers, and governmental agencies.
      including, but not limited to Federal Officers
      SOCIAL SERVICE WORKERS and other unconstitutional
      agencies, and to all LOCAL MEMBERS OF PLANNING & ZONING BOARDS:

      WARNING : You are hereby advised of the following
      Federal Criminal Law
      “If two or more persons conspire to oppress, threaten, or
      intimidate any citizen in the free exercise & enjoyment of any
      right or privilege secured to him by the Constitution or the Laws of
      the United States, or because of his having so exercised the same: or
      If two or more persons go in disguise on the highway, or on the premises of another, with the intent to prevent or hinder his
      free exercise or enjoyment of any right or privilege so secured-
      They shall be fined not more than $10,000 or imprisoned not more than
      ten years or both: and if death results, they shall be subject to imprisonment for any term of years or for life.”

      Get this No Trespassing sign posted on your property

      • TommyEnter your name...
        January 27, 2016 at 3:29 pm

        Where can I find the signs

      • Jillian
        March 31, 2016 at 6:00 pm

        I would love a copy of this, government think there Gods and think they can control how others live. Off griders are mostly like the Amish and separate themselves from the world yet government doesn’t want us self sufficient cause they want control. It’s part of the NWO it talks about in the Bible. These government workers think there doing right but there doing evil. God wants us self sufficient not relying on the world.

    • Joel
      January 21, 2016 at 4:38 pm

      You can help by educating the rest of us on how to fight zoning commissions. Who makes them up? Where do they get their power and authority? What are their weak spots? You’re the inside guy.

      • Mama StClair
        January 26, 2016 at 3:25 pm

        Most P&Z boards are just that- boards. If any county or state organization brngs you up on charges for ‘defiling’ their codes you have the right to ask for those charges to be filed in the superior court of your area. Especially if they are trying to make you pay fines. We have done this in our county. Most boards back down quickly because they know a jury trial will go against them 9 times out of 10.

        • Enter your name...boot
          January 27, 2016 at 8:35 am

          We did sue our county with the Rutherford Institute representing us pro bono, but had no jury—only a judge, who ruled against us.

    • Terry Enter your name...
      January 26, 2016 at 7:42 am

      Feel the Bern in 2016 that will probably help more than anything will

      • Donald Trumpster
        January 28, 2016 at 3:02 pm

        No thank you! We do not need anymore communist loving socialists wanting to tax us to death and even more government intrusion. What an idiot you are!

    • Stan
      January 26, 2016 at 10:03 am a couple million signatures should get some pressure on county officials.

    • g r m
      January 26, 2016 at 3:02 pm

      He needs to try a different approach, don’t charge anything for the school and just accept donations. Set a minimum for the donation like the amount he was charging for the class.

      • Larry
        January 27, 2016 at 12:09 pm

        Something to keep in mind, is the fact a donation is exactly what it says–a donation. You may not deny access to a function if you ask for a donation, if someone wishes to enter without donating, you allow them in. A case in point, while a member of a Home Builders association we always had a home show for a fund raiser. we asked for $1 donation to enter the show. Each year a well healed couple came to our show and refused to donate, we were powerless to deny them entry. 100% of the donations we received were in turn used to provide scholarships to graduating students, one each, for the three high schools in the two counties our organization served.

    • Enter your name...s m brown
      January 28, 2016 at 6:27 am

      What we have here is a failure to communicate !!!
      We live in a time when our own president blatantly turns his nose up to the greatest living document ever created , our constitution !!!! He considers it out dated !!!! It’s high time we stop all this politically correct bull crap and call it like it is …. Treason !!!! We don’t need new codes or laws to enforce !!!! We need to enforce the ones our forefathers provided us with , the constitution!!!! If enforced properly we can clean out these treasonous, felonious, criminals that have invaded our government!!!! We already have what we need to impriison 90% of the elitist in dc …. Obama has not only committed high treason , but also perjury ,dereliction of duty and fraud …. As per the laws we have he should be tried and executed….. Biden all of the above/tried and executed …. Pelosi ditto….. And the list goes on and on ….. Wake up people before it’s too late !!!! We don’t really give a shit if you want to to live in ur 400k prison in ur gated dumbdivision just don’t try to infringe upon our God given rights to do it !!! No one is entitled to a damn thing in this country except those that have fought to protect it !!!! If you think otherwise you need to move the fuck on …. Don’t tread on me unless you’re willing to accept the consequences…. This is government run amuck and that’s it ,plain and simple ….. This is exactly why there is a 2nd amendment and it’s time we start using it !!!!

    • Dustin Jolly
      January 28, 2016 at 9:12 am

      Yep have him say he is Muslim. They will give him monthly money plus more land. As a veteran makes me sick what I thought I was fighting for. They should be ashamed Dustin Jolly US Army

    • Jackie Eastom
      January 28, 2016 at 9:17 am

      Tell the county to mind it’s own business,quit impeading our right to pursue happiness,recall the PUBLIC official who starts this crud.

    • Ben T
      January 28, 2016 at 8:52 pm

      I know some people who inspected his place.

      He has cabin chimneys not venting outwice. Privies just uphill from water sources. Cabins without Windows.

      The county has worked with him for years on this.

    • Tim JoeEnter your name...
      January 29, 2016 at 4:43 am

      Local Governments wants your money to keep up their jobs,Robbing us without a gun,stronge arm of the law.

    • pete
      January 29, 2016 at 10:16 am

      unfortunately the government has stuck their nose in where it doesn’t belong. As usual if they can’t make a dollar off of what you are doing you can’t do it. We as a nation need to rise up against the government and force a bill to be passed that limits the time allowed for senators and congressmen in government . If we did not do our jobs we would be fired and fired quickly, however when is the last time you saw a budget get passed in time. We need to start by getting rid of the lazy bastards that are there just for the name and the money. It is time to leave the people who what to be alone, alone

    • Enter your name...Tim carter
      January 29, 2016 at 5:11 pm

      They there enforcing codes????? I’ve held numerous HVAC business meetings concerning distributors selling HVAC equipment to non licensed individuals and even asked for North Carolina officials to help and was shrugged off cause companies like johnstone supply and Ferguson enterprises has so much pull with municipalities and major builders!!!! It’s all about the money all the way to Raleigh

    • Travis
      January 29, 2016 at 6:01 pm

      Rules around grandfathering structures. Referencing like structures in other places that have no enforcement actions.

    • Dennis McBee
      January 30, 2016 at 9:15 am

      Have you ever even seen the show this SOB is always cutting down perfectly good trees to sell or to build crap he doesn’t even need. He ruining the environment.

      • richard
        March 31, 2016 at 10:44 am

        THEY ARE HIS TREES, ON HIS LAND, BOUGHT AND PAID FOR, BY HIM….Id be making baseball bats to hit dummies like you with……

    • coot olson
      January 30, 2016 at 1:52 pm

      You should tell your superiors that u quit, cause itsBS to tell a man what he can and cannot do on jis own land.If his taxes are paid he should be able to do that.If not give the land to the SOBs.
      You must like this authority ,or you would of already guit being an inspector.This must be part of the world order we keep hearing about.

    • Wow, look what we've become...
      February 5, 2016 at 2:56 pm

      It seems to me that Mr. Kimball is trying to extend a hand to a fellow patriot in need. And to see people (and by “people”, I mean Hava conscience) claiming to patriots chop that hand off, is a bit counterproductive. Unity comes at a cost and sometimes it’s painful to say the least. Brandishing comments like you’ve made, rallying people to take up arms so quickly against government is absurd. Save the fight for when you’ll truly need it. You’ve not begun to see devistation. It will come and it will be painful. That’s when you make a choice, when the wolves are truly at the door. For now, we make concessions and plan for survival when it’s most needed. To see someone trying to make a difference in a position that may truly have influence, is the wisest use of resources available. To condemn him is ridiculous. I didn’t see anywhere in Hava conscience’s post where he/she was offering any type of assistance. I’d say keep your useless rhetoric to yourself and let those TRUE patriots do what can be done to implement change. All you’ve done is cast a negative light on those of us truly willing to sacrifice for change.

    • walt kingEnter your name...
      February 11, 2016 at 12:35 pm

      Richard, if you really are an ICC Building and code inspector maybe you can clear a few things up for us. This is local government who enforce codes right. We’re not talking about Obama here but whoever the local government is at the time of this crisis of government. This is not the BLM. This is the local county at work. Now from what i can see Boone County is generally a Republican county. They voted for LBJ in 64 (he was a southerner)Jimmy Carter in 76 (He was both a southerner and self and Obama in 08 but not in 2012. So that means this is essentially a republican county. So if republicans are so against invasive government why are they as often as not the local group that employs eminent dmain? I bet this county is voting for Trump. If i were Eusatss I sell the property to Trump and find someplace out west in the mountains or the desert where nobody else lives for miles…Wyoming for instance…out where Dick Cheney can shoot anyone he wants and not face charges.

    • LUANA Enter your name...
      March 29, 2016 at 11:05 pm

      I think he should make and sell videos….teaching through videos….the government can’t say shit.

    • Asu123
      March 30, 2016 at 4:02 pm

      Its about time they shut him down

      • richard
        March 31, 2016 at 10:27 am

        Says the Bernie or Hillary supporter…lol When it comes time to use the skills he has taught, people like you will DIE, quick,fast, and in A hurry. And, that time is about upon us. Hope you go out slow, and painful, begging for scraps, wiping your azz with your bare hand,you know, like Barry…lol

    • Chuck JonesEnter your name...
      March 30, 2016 at 4:41 pm

      Richard, I appreciate the idea that you are hearing and offering help.

    • mike helms
      March 31, 2016 at 8:10 am

      The Mayor of Concord NC tore down my home without due process of law because I ran against Scott Padgett in Mayor race, and four years earlier Scott Padgett tore down another Mayoral candidate home also without and notice or due process of law. This was out of fear no body would dare run against Scott Padgett.

    • Shoot them . When regulation without representation becomes the daily rule . Everyone has shirked their duty. YOU SHOOT EVERYONE OF THEM UNTIL THEY DO IT BY THE CONSTITUTION

    • Samuel Gerard
      March 31, 2016 at 5:20 pm

      The only thing you can do Dr.Kimble is just keep running…. I know it was the guy with the fake hand

    • David Rhodes Enter your name...
      March 31, 2016 at 5:32 pm

      We fight at the voting booth…. to eliminate all the liberals, establishment- greedy politicians…. time to find working class to run to make a smaller gov.sorry but both parties have let us down….they rob us thru increased taxes…giving away our earned income to Il-Legals, and lining their pockets… and Hillary wants to visit decisions made by Austrailia (total gun confiscation)

    • Cfhudson
      April 1, 2016 at 5:58 am

      Why not I enforce a waiver for all that attend the school. As for the city this will remove the liability which I am sure is why they are enforcing this issue. Someone ultimately getting hurt by something the city should be enforcing In the first place. Hint, you don’t see a wheelchair accessible zip line.

    • Tim Fugate
      April 1, 2016 at 7:20 pm

      Yes vote for Trump. If all the government officials on both sides are against his candidacy and all the media, then there must be a reason. Think about it.

    • LDG
      April 2, 2016 at 5:08 am

      We have an out-of-control Government. All the more reason to support the Second Amendment. After all, the right to bear arms was originally intended to protect ourselves from an out-of-control Government.

    • Cyndi
      April 2, 2016 at 6:29 pm

      I have not seen this program, and I honestly do not know what implication and infractions the US govt’ seems to be putting against this person. I does make me wonder though. The Amish have always lived “off the grid” yet they are not harassed. Is this because their way of existing is based on religion and not just a way of life? And if so, couldn’t Eustice’s existence on his own land be a communal of religion and spirit with nature, in a self-religious nature? Which he shares with a school like experience for those who could possibly be wanting to learn the experience also? .. Just rambling here, certainly, but those were my first thoughts when reading the small bit of this ridiculousness. Let the powers that be, go bother something that really matters..

  2. Maveth
    March 1, 2013 at 2:32 pm

    No sympathy from me. It’s his own damned fault. The idiot wanted his 15 minutes of fame on TV, and brought himself up on the radar.

    • cam
      March 1, 2013 at 2:42 pm

      he was not looking for 15 minutes of fame. he was looking to inspire more people to live the way he does. which honestly is the way we were meant to live. and they approached him about being on the show, he didn’t go out looking for tv crews to bring home. the worst part is there are many others living this way in boone nc, (i went to college there) and there is no way to shut them ALL down…they are just trying to make an example of him.

    • Gunman
      March 1, 2013 at 2:43 pm

      Screw you this man has done wonderful things bringing people closer to nature

      • dan j
        March 1, 2013 at 7:41 pm

        Just sit back and waite look how people responded to carnival triump we ever have to rely on our own people will commit mass suscide thy can not live in the wild.

    • DeltaGuyDownSouth
      March 1, 2013 at 2:45 pm

      Fuc off …arsshole

    • DeltaGuyDownSouth
      March 1, 2013 at 2:49 pm

      This man is doing nothing wrong….it people likee u Mav. That will cause unrest.

    • Brandi
      March 1, 2013 at 2:55 pm

      How can it be his own fault if you listened to the video he clearly states that the county has come out previously and told him things were good? This is an awful act being committed by our government. He is teaching history and how to live off the land when the government can’t protect us anymore. Now I see a very big problem with this. We have allowed our government to take control of so many aspects of our lives all in the name of common good. All the new laws and everything. It sickens me that all these government officials think they can tell us how to live and we let them.

    • Braeden
      March 1, 2013 at 2:57 pm

      you say that like living off the grid is illegal, or something people should be ashamed of, you seem paranoid or dumb, one of the two

    • Tim Harp
      March 1, 2013 at 3:42 pm

      He , probably ,did the show to fund his school and not for fame. He was cutting wood to pay property taxes on his land in one show. you can scream fame but I holler funding.

      • DiverDwn
        March 3, 2013 at 8:21 pm

        Sorry, buddy, but that was a lie. That whole scene was stupid. The paper you saw was a Notice of Rights to Claim Exemptions. That was from a civil suit where Eusless was sued and lost. That forms only apply to civil suits and not taxes. No property is exempt from a tax lien. Eusless is a known liar and womanizer. Why have you never seen inside his house on the show? Because he is damn well not living off the grid. Almost every scene of that show has been proven fake. Eusless owns a nice house in Gastonia, NC and has a lot of cash in the bank. He is not losing his land to a tax debt.

        • Jonathan Bailey
          July 14, 2013 at 7:07 pm

          its funny again, he is a womanizer, well so what? is it illegal? is it your business? you have GOT to be libtard…but wait, womanizers are good for the abortion business…im surprised you dont salute him…ignorant waste of breating air…stop breating intelligent peoples air!!!

          • Rob M
            February 9, 2014 at 8:28 pm

            You have to be kidding me. The womanizing was one small part of his point. His point is that show is a lie and not accurate. That he is lying about the issue and taking advantage of the system. Then skewing it to look as though he is the one being taken advantage of. I hope you are not breathing any of that intelligent air either.

          • kentuckywoman2
            February 26, 2014 at 12:13 am

            Calling people names for their political beliefs and attributing things to them that are wildly made up by you – is a sign of weakness…and impotence. Just thought I’d let you in on that.

          • William
            June 15, 2014 at 7:23 pm

            Hey Kentucky woman! Sounds like the idiot in the White House who I’m sure you voted for!

          • Grumpypopeye
            January 25, 2016 at 5:35 pm

            everyone here seems to miss the point..government interference in your personal life, or with your personal property is illegal.. so property taxes according to the Constitution…I bet maybe only one or two on this entire page of comments realizes that the government you answer to is illegal. It’s called legally ..USA Inc. It was established in 1925 and its only lawful jurisdiction is about 8 or so square miles of land called the District of Columbia.And they extort you daily, they kidnap you if you dont pay. The right to own property can not be legally taxed. Pay the extortionists and leave those who are Constitutional Americans out your minds. We the Living Men dont accept your tyrannical authority.
            The End.

        • Susieq
          January 26, 2016 at 12:29 pm

          There is a reason the locals call this guy “Useless” Conway. Biggest fake/phoney ever. On the TV show he did it once showed him riding his horse several hours to town. He could have walked in the less time.

          • Enter your name...jimbo
            January 27, 2016 at 7:48 am

            In that scene riding into town on his pony he was going to a hearing where he took out a loan and did not pay it back. Does he think he can put up some land for a loan and not repay it? Have you seen that Turtle Island website where he wants you to come work for him (volunteer) and pay him to do it? Shut his ass down!!

      • val
        February 8, 2014 at 11:08 am

        Well said.

      • Enter your name...Tim carter
        January 29, 2016 at 5:20 pm

        This reminds me of growing up in a court ordered boys camp owned and run by jack eckard ( owner of eckards drug stores) that was funded by the state of North Carolina !!!! Emuntalee boys camp in low gap North Carolina !! No running water , no electricity , and no school for one year!! We lived off the land, built our own sleeping quarters by cutting trees down and carrying them back to campsite and wrapping it in mylard plastic all at the age of 12-14!! Camps like this all over the state, low gap, n. c. !! Swanniowa nc. Etc!!! Where is code enforcement and child welfare???????????????????

    • Pam
      March 1, 2013 at 3:42 pm

      Actually if I recall right they were attempting to shut him down before the show aired so the show was not the cause it just let alot more people know about it.

    • YOU are the idiot sir!
      Have you ever heard of “Agenda 21”?
      Agenda 21 is a UN sponsored bill signed by Bill Clinton in the 1990’s and basically what it says is that for the sake of ecology, people will be restricted to urban living and will need special permission to enter rural areas. The goal is to contain or corral people and control us in an enclosed area.

      This man in this video, Eustace Conway, was teaching people to survive in the woods and be self reliant. However, the government and globalists have another agenda, to control the public through one government, police state, ID chips, total dependance on the government for services, and restricted movement. That is an Orwellian state of 1984.

      For you to say he is an “idiot” is totally uncalled for because your ignorance is sitting deep in your mouth like an over sized foot.

      • Rob M
        February 9, 2014 at 8:31 pm

        Dude, don’t take the brown acid. It scares me that people like you are in the world. I would prefer people that think like you were put out in the woods and left to whatever the hell you wanted as long as you didn’t breed.

        • Grumpypopeye
          January 25, 2016 at 6:09 pm

          your a minority of ignorant emotional to be scared by the truth so. The fact that you exist is much more frightening. And I’m glad ‘you people’ abort so much..imagine a few million more of you around? Way to many emotional mentally deficient hypocrites as is. Just because you cant govern yourself doesnt mean we cant. You have been indoctrinated well little Ewok..scurry off to your concrete hole.

        • Skydawgblue
          January 28, 2016 at 6:38 am

          Rob m ….. Another liberal moron who will pay for his stupidity by being enslaved by the un and the rest of his retard heroes

      • kentuckywoman2
        February 26, 2014 at 12:34 am

        First of all, there is no such thing as a “U.N.” sponsored bill. The U.N. does not write legislation for the United States.

        Second of all, Agenda 21 is a non-binding, voluntarily implemented action plan of the United Nations with regard to sustainable development – in many countries across the world. Implementation varies from NATION STATE to NATION STATE – which is what other countries of the world are formally called (which you would know if you had a formal education).

        Third, Bill Clinton had nothing to do with it. It was Pres. George H.W. Bush who signed the final text of the agreement – which is not legally binding but is a statement of intent – at the Earth Summit conference in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. 178 heads of government signed, so this is a global agreement, not just for the U.S.

        Because the U.N. doesn’t sponsor or write legislation for the U.S., and because this isn’t a treaty but rather a “statement of intent”, the U.S. Senate was not required to debate it or vote on it. Therefore, it is not considered law under Article Six of the U.S. Constitution.

        Because this is not law, some States and local governments have passed legislation banning the implementation of Agenda 21. Alabama and Alaska, for example.

        If you don’t like it, and I agree it seems to be serving to take over people’s land by hook or by crook, then organize and get it banned in your local community or State.

        But at least know wtf you’re talking about before you open your mouth. Do some research…because clearly, you haven’t.

        • grubpubert
          July 31, 2015 at 6:00 pm

          God, this makes what they did to Eustace even WORSE.

      • Grumpypopeye
        January 25, 2016 at 5:40 pm

        I bet you 99% of the people commenting here have never heard of the attrocity known as the “Georgia Stones”..look it up you brain dead liberal emotional freaks. If it doesnt scare the living ‘Shiite moslem’ out of you.. then you deserve whats coming. the only bad thing about the 1st amendment is it lets arrogantly ignorant people talk “Shiite”.

    • Enter your name...boot
      January 27, 2016 at 8:39 am

      So we should just hide in the shadows like a lizard and let them pick us off one by one? That’s your idea of free men living in a free country? Home of the brave and all that?

  3. JAS
    March 1, 2013 at 2:57 pm

    I keep saying to keep your mouths shut. Don’t be bragging about what you are doing in front of government watchdogs. These people going on TV and broadcasting their lifestyle are just setting themselves up for a government intervention. I watch some of these programs and sit there wondering how many goverment agents are watching and taking notes. One episode of Doomsday Preppers featured a guy making pipe bombs and setting them off around his property. I would not be suprised to see him in the national news, being arrested by BATF agents.

    • joe
      March 2, 2013 at 8:19 am

      JAS, so what are you doing about this out of control government. We aren’t the one’s that should be changing our lifestyle for this radical government. I hope you are doing “something” to change it. We all need to do what we can, right now!

      • JAS
        March 2, 2013 at 10:40 am

        I applaud the life style Eustace has chosen. I am not suggesting we change our lifestyles. Currently the only thing we can do is vote and write your elected officials to let them know where you stand. Join groups like the NRA. The government, or more specifically the big international companies that control the government,do not want anyone doing anything that is outside the box. They want everything controlled to their advantage and will try to force you into this mold. My only suggestion is that we go about our lives without broadcasting what we are doing. I can forsee them trying to ban longterm storage of food under the guise that it is unsafe and could cause people to die, or making it against the law to have more than 5 gallons of gas on your premises, since it could leak and polute the world. Anything they feel doesn’t fit their ideals, can be outlawed by the ones they control. I vote, call and write my representives and support groups like the NRA. But most importantly, I don’t stand in the middle of the street and scream out who I am and what I do. I want to be below the radar. As with everything we do, we must look at our chosen lifestyle from others eyes and how they will look at it. I have a legal right to carry a weapon, but I try not to let anyone know I do since it just brings more of the idiots out against it.

        • Nomadicwade
          July 18, 2013 at 2:33 pm

          They already have outlaw most of what your talking about homeland security.

        • Grumpypopeye
          January 25, 2016 at 5:49 pm

          your probably the smartest man on this page sir. we all have a legal right to carry, open or otherwise both by the laws of nature as living men and by the 2nd amendment which says so.. I live off grid in a state that is mostly desert and has open carry laws yet is democratic controlled ..go figure right? but fact is all the conservatives in the USA arent all republicans or libertarians..JFK was a conservative and the DNC killed him for it tho. USA Inc established in 1925 has only jurisdiction in the 8 square miles of the District of Columbia.. you allow them to break the laws and rule you outside that area. Personally I have friends who infiltrated USA Inc. and war is coming people unless you continue to submit to these criminals who truly have no right to govern you neither by tyhe laws that established them or the laws of the Constitution or the laws of nature ( and in my case the laws of God). At least if it comes i wont be standing their holding my pecker.. I will expire a free man. most of you will expire ..still a slave as you always have been to USA Inc. good comment tho sir.. I salute you for your common sense and intelligence and your guts to put it out there for these indoctrinated simians to have siezures over… ;)

  4. CGJR
    March 1, 2013 at 6:39 pm

    Things like this make me so INFURIATED that I could just scream! And reading about them taking someone’s land?! Oh, you can bet EVERYONE would know about it! It would be ALL OVER the news!!!!

  5. Runner
    March 1, 2013 at 7:27 pm

    They pass more and more laws to try to make you go “green”, but when this guy is living closer to nature than any of these green people, he is shut down. Just shows it’s not about green. It’s about control.

    • Midknight
      March 1, 2013 at 11:54 pm

      Oh it’s about green alright. Money that is.

    • Those laws you speak of are in conformity with the signing of “Agenda 21” by Bill Clinton in the 1990s

      Agenda 21 is cloaked as an ecological preservation of the land and thus needs protection. The protection will come with restrictions to living in rural areas. People will be encouraged to not drive vehicles, but public transportation or non-motorized transports. Travel outside of the confines of urban areas will be done with permits.

      This is not a theory, nor is it my definition, it is goal of the UN to control populations and is spelled out in the Agenda 21 mission statement. Many towns in the US already have signed on board because they were led to believe its an ecological goal instead of the more sinister goal of public control.

      Google “Agenda 21” and learn how future generations will be limited in more than where they live.

    March 2, 2013 at 9:24 am

    My wife and i live in Alabama and travel to the Carolina’s and Tennesse alot, quess we will not be going as far north as we used to. I just added up some receipts and we spent around $2,600.00 last year in N.C.,,,,NEVER AGAIN.

  7. toadswife
    March 2, 2013 at 11:15 am

    When did it become acceptable or the government to force people off their own land you ask ? When they got away with taking land away from the Indians, thats when……and they havent and arent going to stop now.

  8. Ray
    March 3, 2013 at 11:31 am

    I really would like to listen to this story, but am not able. Seems that someone has made it impossible to hear by scrambling the sound. Any good working links would be appreciated. thanks

  9. ncman
    March 3, 2013 at 3:01 pm

    I live in western North Carolina, and I will, and am getting ready to go off grid self-sufficient life style, I do not submit to childish laws for the incompetent. Example, the bridge with one hand rail, really, is that law for the dumb as that can’t figure it (pay attention, be careful) out or the nincompoop that is looking for a law suit. He should just let his guests walk through the creek, wet feet, that’s how it was done 50 years ago around these parts. Cityiots (city idiots) is why we need 100,000,000 laws on the books. And it is about green, money, whatever they can do to get a dollar.

  10. why now brown cow
    March 3, 2013 at 3:02 pm


  11. David
    March 4, 2013 at 6:17 am

    I was born in N.C. On the day I was born, the electric was turned on in Transylvania County. June 28, 1946. I think there was 1 light bulb in the house and just a few minutes after I was born that light came on.

    I now live in Ohio and the electric goes out pretty often. When it happens, I switch over to batteries, windmill, and generator.

    I would like to be able to go off the grid and am building up my system a little at a time.. The longest the power was off at my house was two days. I have seen my neighbor without power for 2 weeks once.


    • yzoldowl
      January 27, 2016 at 7:24 pm

      Husband (41 years) and I live in southeastern Ohio. We’re always prepared for the lights to go out, and have access to water when the pump won’t work. We’re as self-sufficient as we can be, and keep a low profile.

  12. Mike
    March 4, 2013 at 2:08 pm

    So… he has this 1,000-acre parcel of property called Turtle Island Preserve.

    What is stopping him from placing a secluded trailer home on the property with a leach field (all within code)? The trailer could be the ‘official’ residence, so who cares if they chose to sleep in one of the ‘out buildings’ as long as their official address is the mobile home?

    Since it is already called a Preserve, offering training for primitive living skills, they could also set a designated camp site for the ‘students’ to pitch their tent in proximity to adequate facilities like an outhouse and water from a hand pump well (assuming they already have a well permit), keeping in line with the traditional experience for the duration of their event.

    This way, their official mobile trailer home is within code, their students stay in their own tents (or even provided ones) just as if they were camping; Eustace Conway gets to stay on his property, continue to provide skill training to students that sign waivers and keep on doing what he has been doing.

    IMHO, it is all a matter of presentation.

    • Beau
      June 9, 2013 at 8:23 am

      Yes I agree Mike this is what Eustace should do.

      This isn’t just happening in the US, here in Australia many off gridders and people who live simply with a minimum of dependency are also being pressured due to zoning laws etc.

      Again people living very rural, people who made the conscious decision to cut the apron strings of governments control are being forced to comply or face heavy fines just like our brothers in the northern hemisphere.
      What many are doing here is putting in a bare minimum of construction that will bring things up to code, satisfying the beast so to speak. and continue to live how they see fit.

      • Tee
        June 23, 2013 at 8:30 pm

        Example of property use stupidity…my parents property used to have a beautiful pond. They had to fill it in BECAUSE people on adjoining property decided to put in a large riding stable and it drained downhill into our pond. It was a hazard then because the pond drained down to some newly sold land. Where is common sense in land use laws? Cost a bunch to fix the problem we didn’t cause…but less than fighting 2 different property owners.

    • OutSideOfTheBox
      January 31, 2014 at 8:01 am

      He paid for the land, right? So who are you or anyone else to tell him what he has to do on it? If people don’t like the smell they can move or not buy property near his.

    • Grumpypopeye
      January 25, 2016 at 6:14 pm

      your thoughts are awesome except for one GLARING issue..your capitulating to a criminal government. Yes your answers to the issue hold great merit..if you wish to continue as their all means do so.

  13. Lana
    March 5, 2013 at 9:28 am

    This is outrageous!…. We should be allowed to live the American Dream, no matter what that Dream maybe, as long as it does not Harm or Hurt anyone.. With the Goverment its all about MONEY! And what they can get out of you to make another Weapon. Leave people like this Alone!.. I think all Goverment officials are stupid!! And you have no right to say how a Person CAN or CANNOT live!.. It has become no longer OUR CHOICE!… But THEIRS!.. Americans NEED to STAND up for their rights!… Just like they stand up for their BELIEFS which are being Raped from them…

    • Nomadicwade
      July 18, 2013 at 5:08 pm

      That why they want you gun stupid

  14. Steph
    March 6, 2013 at 6:36 am

    Can’t someone help him like they did with Rosa Parks? their should be something someone could do to help fight the Government? but I guess this is just signs of the times or I guess you could say end of times per Revelations!!!

    • Northman
      February 9, 2014 at 12:48 pm

      Rosa Parks was at least a puppet of Soviet Agents working in the Unites States. She had considerable organized support –immediately, or earlier– concerning her public transit situation. There was funding from Moscow via several cut-outs to make it all possible.

      I’m not saying that Blacks ought to sit here or there, but that the issue was used by foreign enemies for their benefit, much more than for hers or the “civil rights movement” of the post-Korean War era. The nation is still suffering from the fallout and enemy agents placed in positions of power. Just like what happened in the US Southern States in the 1870’s, Black individuals have appeared to benefit while Black and White US society has suffered greatly from ComIntern contact.

      • deedee
        June 2, 2014 at 2:35 pm


        • Grumpypopeye
          January 25, 2016 at 6:28 pm

          says the frontal lobotomized upright walking simian with the invisible nose ring..lmao.. your so pathetic. I would tell you to get a life but obviously you haven’t a clue. Thankfully when the will be one of the 1st to expire.

          • yzoldowl
            January 27, 2016 at 7:26 pm

            Where is the “LIKE” button on this forum?!

  15. dselestial
    March 9, 2013 at 9:22 pm

    If there is any truth to your statements, Diverdwn, please provide some sort of verifiable information. Otherwise, I am inclined to start up a Paypal donation to help out Eustace!

  16. carla
    April 14, 2013 at 4:39 pm

    The people who moved to the suburbs allowed government to gain control when they wanted their nice little additions with their strict little covenants – no fences, no metal swing sets, no vegetable gardens, no above ground swimming pools, no sheds, etc. Snobs!!! You buy a house and live like an apartment renter. How many of you responders live in additions like that and think it’s OK?

    Now the government wants to tell everyone how to live. This is just the start.

    • Echo
      April 22, 2013 at 7:41 pm

      Not me. I live in an RV. I am within a campground now,but I could pull out of here and go in a heartbeat!

  17. Shannon
    April 28, 2013 at 2:26 pm

    Poor guy. Just trying to do what he loves, not to mention helping other people do what they love. Then our stupid government comes and ruins his life.

    • Grumpypopeye
      January 25, 2016 at 6:41 pm

      the government is not stupid they got away with this USA Inc was formed in 1925. My issue is with the illegal government and with the stupid people like many on this comment page who condone it,deny it, or are paid by it to comment their emotionally retarded insanity against this man this post is about. Thank God they are a minority that is extincting itself with its abortion and suicidal sadomasochistic fear of inanimate objects such as weapons. Now we just need to terminate their criminal illegal government..sadly thats is going to be messy and it is pretty much a given considering the criminals in government today.Its all about them using ignorant emotional puppets to gain totalitarian power and lately its been very succesful.. in my 57 years alone I have seen more freedoms removed than i can count days in a calendar year. I pray for the childrens sake we dont lose this war either.Because the leftist liberal emotionals will get us all killed or enslaved. At least my grand kids wont have to ask me why i allowed it..because they know I never have and never will. Pantywiasted emotional society rejects will never dominate me. Much of America’s occupants has grown exceedingly emotionally ignorant since I was a child. Sad that a minority of hypocritical spoiled emotionally retarded children in adult size clothing have been allowed to do so much damage without being stopped dead in their tracks by a majority. War will change that.

  18. SNIPER
    May 15, 2013 at 9:16 am

    All of the far left narrow minded cool aid drinking cattle that think that MR. CONWAY was wrong for teaching others a good way of life, will be the first to ask for his help when what is coming happens….

    one shot-one kill

  19. elveta
    June 8, 2013 at 10:57 pm

    so many americans are in a downhill rush to give up our rights its refreshing to hear that they are still people that think the way our forefathers did

    • Nomadicwade
      July 18, 2013 at 5:12 pm

      Keep your guns handed. That what they fear. What was this county found on and keep free by?

  20. jason hendrick
    June 14, 2013 at 11:13 am

    All of the so-called reality shows are staged and scripted. The History Channel’s “Mountain Men” is one of the stupidest shows on TV. This guy Eustice lives near Boone, NC which is not isolated or in any remote area, but is easy assessible by many paved roads. Hardly a mountain man, but more like a hillbilly, or derelict I’m so sick of hearing how the law is going to take his land away from him,from not paying his taxes. WHO GIVES A FUCK!

  21. kw
    June 16, 2013 at 6:46 pm

    Everything on TV is called Entertainment. That’s all it is. Most of these shows are scripted and produced to entertain all of us and keep tuning in every week. Its all about the $$$$$ for these stations and corporate sponsors.

    • elf
      January 31, 2014 at 11:23 am

      Actually …it is called PROGRAMMING
      and it is done for exactly the same reason

  22. ajintexas
    June 17, 2013 at 8:54 pm

    Not saying I am right or wrong, or that my facts are 100% correct, but here is what I have gathered about Eustace. He seems like a well meaning guy and I don’t think he is a fraud. That being said he has, allegedly, committed a couple of crimes. One presented on the show was not paying property taxes, but according to what I have dug up it’s not because he just didn’t pay. Allegedly, someone lost an eye during some ssort of accident on his property. There was a lawsuit and a settlement. Allegedly, he did not pay the settlement so the lawyer put a lien on his land so he either has to pay up, or the county will seize the land as payment on the lien. Now enter the county. For one, they have to enforce this settlement., Secondly, if this injury occurred at his camp then someone went out to investigate. I can’t find many details about this part. Maybe it was due to a faulty structure and that’s when they went on a tear to shut his camp down. I don’t know, but I do know someone was injured there and this is not a simple property tax issue. I think it is being misrepresented on the show to make him out to be a victim. Enter incident number two. This guy has neighbor problems. He doesn’t think anyone should live anywhere near him, even if he doesn’t own the property. So he gets arrested for 2nd degree trespassing. His neighbor is afraid of him. This guy may legitimately live off the land, but it doesn’t mean he can ignore building codes if he wants to run a business there, especially if it results in a serious bodily injury. Nor can you harrass your neighbors without consequence. He obstructed their only means of leaving their home at one point, allegedly, and that is why he got arrested for tresspassing on their land again. He may live off the land, but he needs to respect others.

    • ajintexas
      June 17, 2013 at 8:58 pm

      Also, let’s not forget that this is a college educated guy. Look at his website, he makes a decent lving off those camps. This whole “I’m just a fish out of water” business is a front. He knows what a lien is, he just doesn’t want to pay because he doesn’t believe in the legal system or being responsible for your actions. He also takes advantage of a lot of free slave lavbor on his property calling it “internships”.

      • Dennis
        January 27, 2016 at 7:24 am

        finally somebody who gets it this guy is a fake

  23. Vet63
    June 21, 2013 at 10:13 am

    AJ has it right but there is more. It’s not about how Eustace lives, it’s about his running a tourist attraction and so-called school without proper sanitation and safety considerations. People who have interned there say he does not walk his talk. He does not live off the land and he is not a good steward of the land. Most of Turtle Island is hidden from the public and even the county inspectors had not, in previous visits, seen the things for which he was finally shut down. Hidden from view are numerous junk vehicles, collapsing trailers and heaps of garbage all just decaying into the ground. He treats his buildings with used motor oil which runs into the ground along with gasoline and battery acid. Turtle Island, according to those who have worked there, actually produces almost none of its own food but depends on donations and collecting half rotted fruit and veggies from super market dumpsters in Boone. The horses are for show and giving buggy rides to donors, he owns trucks, tractors and a backhoe for real work. He has just scammed his way through life and now he has been caught. Check out the Turtle Island website and see for yourself what he charges for the “teaching” he gives, the cheapest is $90 for a workshop on how to carve a wooden spoon.

  24. Marie
    August 14, 2013 at 6:08 am

    So what let them man live how he wants why do you even care?

  25. Jeff
    August 20, 2013 at 9:44 am

    Uh, you know this is bullshit TV right? Eustace Conway is a lucrative business man that charges people hundreds of dollars to camp on his land and hundreds of dollars to take his “classes” on spoon carving and log cabin building right? That shit you see on the TV show is scripted and (poorly) acted out.

    • Irish Bob
      August 27, 2015 at 10:21 pm

      Eustace is a jerk. Last year I watched him put two different young men in no win situations just to berate them when they failed. He tells the guy to cut the log in half knowing he would bind the chain saw up because of the way the log was laying, then carries on about having a valuable saw ruined. Tonights show he blamed the new helper for logs jamming up down in the creek when it was his buddys fault. He has a giant ego and turns every tiny task into a giant undertaking in his small mind expecting that his audience will be all amazed that he was able to get the “impossible” done. He addresses every task as if it is a monumental undertaking. I mute my TV when his section comes on because he gags he shit outta me.

      • Jule Picton
        January 29, 2016 at 6:08 pm

        Why are you commenting on this page unless its a joke then it’s funny and you’re okay.

  26. Dan Adams
    September 1, 2013 at 5:39 pm

    How much money do these people get paid to do the mountain men show? The thing I like about the show is the scenery and wild life not the people or the story line! The one think in common with all of them is they are always trying to beat the clock, they are always having to do everything or they might not make, they need to plan a little better or they could not live off the grid as they say!

  27. Kevin
    September 29, 2013 at 5:32 pm

    His name should be Con-man not Conway. After the History Channel cameras go off the old tools go into the shed and the modern ones come out. He is a fraud making tons of money.

    • Jule Picton
      January 29, 2016 at 6:11 pm

      I’ve been to the island my friend. It makes sense to you that he would be making a lot of money from a TV show because you get paid to bust water all over some hairy guys back on the internet.

  28. Michael
    September 30, 2013 at 8:03 pm

    Is it me, or does anyone else question whether Eustice & his helper really built the canoe in a few or even several days given the tools he possesses? I’ve done considerable woodworking over the last 45 years & don’t buy he made the entire canoe!

  29. Russ
    December 23, 2013 at 11:19 am

    We have lost our freedoms and we have NOT even noticed it! Hitler’s son Obama, love taking away our freedoms and enjoy pushing their crap down our throats. If we don’t act now, it will B 2 late to act later!!

  30. Lauren
    December 27, 2013 at 6:06 pm

    Who seriously cares about all this arguing? I enjoyed the show and found all the Mountainmen guys very entertaining. I never thought about it true or false it was fun to watch. Bottom line.

  31. Ron
    January 10, 2014 at 7:29 am

    “When did it become acceptable for the government to intimidate someone off their land? When did it become acceptable for the government to tell us how we can live on our own land?”
    Ha! Seriously? Anyone familiar with what was done with the various Indian tribes? They were totally self-sufficient and forced to become totally dependent on the US govt. The govt is just doing it to everyone else. If you have some time, watch Ken Burns’ “The West”. This country has done a lot of dipsh!t stuff and it just continues to do so, just bigger and more pervasive.

    • T
      January 31, 2014 at 1:20 am

      Unless you have allodial ownership/title, you don’t actually own your land. You get to pay for it over the course of 25-40 years, at interest which allows you to pay, what 3-4 times the purchase price? But you don’t own it.

      How about that.

      • Kalispellian
        January 31, 2014 at 11:02 am

        T….Thats simply not true. It is a common, modern, misconception that the bank owns your property until paid in full. Immediately following funding a Deed of Trust is recorded with the county in the name of the property owner. A subsequent document(s) is/are then recorded detailing any and all liens or notes attached to said property. In the case of default the note/lien holder must then go through either judicial or non-judicial processes in order to assume ownership and must prove legal standing to do so. Any old timer can define “Deed” far more accurately than the brainwashed public these days. These criminal banks have attempted to hijack our centuries old systems of title.

        • Tower guy
          February 7, 2014 at 8:25 pm

          It depends on the state. Some states are “lien theory” states which means that you do not own the property until it has been paid off. In “title theory” states, you own the property unless it is foreclosed upon, or otherwise taken through legal process.

  32. GREG
    January 24, 2014 at 9:13 am


  33. T
    January 31, 2014 at 1:15 am

    We should all go off grid and they can go flog themselves, opus dei style.

    Crazy mothers.

  34. Ricky
    January 31, 2014 at 6:08 am

    Learn your rights. Their ‘statutes and bylaws’ don’t apply to non-government employee’s. Learn and enforce your natural rights. Remove yourself from the system.

  35. nig
    January 31, 2014 at 10:00 am

    Eustace you need to return all mail unopened if possible to government within 3 days of receiving mail from them and do NOT enter “any” verbal discussions with any of them. If they come on your land with requests tell them you will comply if they “DOCUMENT AND VERIFY THE OBLIGATION” Put RTS sticker over the window of all envelopes and return them to sender. Below is exact wording..

    NO LIABILITY  when signing anything (everything) always sign with by:yourname continue drawing a half circle from last letter of the signature underneath and back through the by. This is a conditional signature and a way of letting them know in no uncertain terms that your sovereign.. Good luck buddy..!

  36. omen
    January 31, 2014 at 1:12 pm

    Of course what the government is doing is fascist but this serves as yet another lesson. Go on TV or publicize what you are doing and you risk the gestapo coming in to put you down. Beware, be cautious and be vigilant.

  37. Willard Aztec
    January 31, 2014 at 1:43 pm

    It’s hard to take people seriously when they spell like a 1st grader. That goes for most of you. Learn how to read and write before sounding off.

  38. Jr. H
    February 2, 2014 at 7:38 pm

    If you where to meet this man you would then understand what and why he is having the problems he is! He’s nothing but about money! Plain and simple! My wife loved him to death before she met him and afterwards is a very different story! I can not watch Mt Men now on account of it. He’s nothing like the man on TV! I know some of the things are blown out of shape on the show just didn’t realize he was such an Azz-Hole!

    • JD in NY
      January 28, 2015 at 7:21 pm

      I watched the first season and several times I commented to my wife that he was an ass hole. First, he had someone else site-in his weapon, as anyone who has used a weapon you don’t have someone else site your weapon. I was an expert in the army and an armorer and If I handed you a weapon I could knock down the 300 meter target with every time, that doesn’t mean squat if someone else uses that weapon to shoot with.
      Second, if your neighbor is doing something on his land you don’t approve of (but is legal) you can’t do squat about it but put up signs saying what you think.
      Just because you live off grid isn’t a reason to act the fool.

      • JD in NY
        January 28, 2015 at 7:26 pm

        Oh, I forgot. He also said he decided to take his horse into town rather than a truck, so all that BS about the cars and his skittish horse, was just that – BS. He made a choice to travel by horse and did you see the mile of cars behind them?

  39. Wayne
    February 8, 2014 at 6:40 am

    All of the current issues we face can be distilled down to the ideologies of two men: Thomas Malthus and George Fitzhugh.

    Malthus convinced the elites there were too many people and the herd needs to be culled and managed.

    Fitzhugh showed them that a few men are born to be kings and the rest need to be enslaved for their own good.

    All of this was born in the age of Slavery by men who thought themselves to be gods.

  40. darude
    February 15, 2014 at 11:42 pm

    It’s funny they say the county officials has been there before, observing it and then approved that there wasn’t a problem back then, however, now, years later, when the US is in trouble and people trying to escape the system, trying to live off-grid, NOW they realize they have to do something about it. I’m telling you all, its too late for that. Change is coming, be prepared.

  41. yankeegal52
    February 26, 2014 at 12:40 am

    All I can say is that it’s a good thing no one ever “raided” my Girl Scout Camp back in the 1960s – because my tent didn’t have running water and we had to use an outhouse.

    How does any campground survive this “agenda”? Answer: it can’t. So what happens to all the campgrounds that don’t have cabins with running water and indoor plumbing and electricity?

    Will they all have to be shut down? Hundreds of thousands of people, from kids to adults, will be sorry to hear that.

    I think Agenda 21 is being used for nefarious purposes in the form of personal agendas and get rich schemes – by stealing other people’s properties and forcing them to pay money for electricity, water, etc. –

    It should be everyone’s right to do their own cost-benefit analysis and make their own decision as to how they wish to live.

    Are we living in a free country? Or a totalitarian or fascist State?

  42. drake765620
    May 31, 2014 at 2:11 am

    Our government is nothing more than modern age Mafia. Our government will be facing another civil war if they do not back down.

  43. Ash
    July 20, 2014 at 5:55 pm

    If a man has land and is not on any disability or warfare then what f/#king right does anybody have to tell him how he can live or gov is a greedy piece of shit the handful of people that do live like this is not going hurt them fkn immigration is what’s breaking this country

  44. coy
    August 23, 2014 at 12:15 pm

    how can I come out and live with, help out so i can learn?

    • cm
      December 20, 2014 at 12:10 pm

      only one way, he must be paid in the currency of the govt., he has contempt for, he uses stupid hippies for unpaid labor, (he accepts payments, he refuses to make payments) pay for the one-eyed kid, he and his empire hurt, by sending him cash. problem is you send him cash and he tells the one-eyed kid, sorry punk I’m the victim here, look the govt. is mad at me.

  45. Ray V
    August 25, 2014 at 7:51 pm

    Fuck the government. They want to control every part of your life but when the shit hits the fan – AND IT’S GOING TO, will they have your back NO!! Wake up people and prep. Do what you got to do Get what you need to get. Survive!

    • cm
      December 20, 2014 at 12:45 pm

      so are you saying the kid who got his eye poked out on his hippie commune, who eustice agreed to pay,(settlement), is shit out of luck, or can his dad come and put a red hot steel rod to eustice,(eye for an eye), so the govt. is helping make eustice pay his obligation to the boy, so shit does NOT hit the fan, hey ray v if I poke your boys eye out, and the boogy-govt. came to make me pay, how in your tiny mind am I a victim, instead of the one eyed boy. you may call eustice a victim, but his freedom did not hurt a child his reckless endangerment did, this is your hero, a child crippler, who settles(agrees) to make it good, and then says screw the boy, as his defender ray you seem to think one eye is fine,need help removeing one of yours, I will help you, I got a sharp stick, and a map to turtle island.

  46. James Horn
    March 23, 2015 at 10:46 pm

    I find it funny how sites such as this can cause such a stir by reporting a false story. Eustace is loosing his land because he feels he is above the law and doesn’t need to pay taxes on his business. To date Eustace is wor the a reported 1.3 million dollars, but cannot $80,000 in income taxes. He is not above the law.

  47. My Opinion
    April 26, 2015 at 4:05 pm

    I lived at Turtle Island for 1 year. I know Eustace Conway and his girlfriend Desere as well. The 2 of them run Turtle Island, excluding all others.

    My experience was very similar to most interns who go to Turtle Island to try and help. I realize that this may sound a bit dramatic, but those of you out there who have interned at Turtle Island will know exactly what I mean…. I feel like I have been permanently scarred by the experience. I should have read the book before I went there. I feel like I could write a book about my experience.

    I just want to be clear about one thing before I share …..I don’t hate Eustace or his girlfriend Desere. Contributing to this thread gives me an opportunity to share my experiences. How do I feel about Eustace Conway and Desere now that I am no longer at Turtle Island? I feel very sorry for them both. They are both irreparably damaged inside. Eustace as the narcissist and Desere plays the perpetual victim and supporter of his ongoing tragic behavior. It is actually a very sad thing to witness.

    They are living in a state of vicious co-dependency and neither of them is happy. Eustace admits that Desere is not the girl for him, and Desere knows this but clings to him anyways.

    Both Eustace and Desere have left a wide trail of broken relationships behind them. I am actually very surprised that more interns have not taken the time to write about their experiences. I know for a fact I am not the only one who has been scarred by their experience.

    I will agree completely with the other “intern” on AMAZON who started a very long conversation ….. He told the truth…..the man seen by employees and the man seen by visitors and guests are totally different and Gilbert’s description of his interns’ disillusionment hardly scratches the surface.

    Eustace did live naturally when he was young, but now he is living a lie, the other intern who posted was correct on all counts. Turtle Island Preserve is not what people think it is. (but it could be) The farm is not productive and they do not grow their own food, there are leaking rusty old cars and trailers everywhere in front of his house, which by the way is on the grid, powered by electricity.
    He is not environmentally conscious at all, not even a little bit. He really doesn’t even understand sustainability.

    I think the worst part about my internship was when the animals would die from improper care. Neglect and ignorance run rampant at Turtle Island. Eustace have even less empathy for the animals than he does for other people. YES, livestock routinely die from neglect at Turtle Island. I watched so many animals go without getting the proper care. I have seen them die, injured, in distress.. Eustace is stubborn about the animals, he always puts everything else above their needs. Animals do not have it easy at Turtle Island. Even his own dog runs away from him….I am not saying that to be funny, this is a true fact…his dog splits every chance he gets. The dogs get fed ( if and when they get fed) rotten meat.

    Food –Turtle Island DOES NOT produce most of its food…He will never run out of onions or kale, but for the most part, we used to get cast offs from grocery stores, and donations from visitors. We would go once a week and shop for the rest of the food we needed. When the kids come to summer camp, the food for them is bought at the local WALMART. Eustace does not want to waste his meat on them.

    He rides around on a motorcycle, not a horse and he splits his wood with a splitter. The other intern was correct, we had to BEG to do things with primitive tools, because Eustace feels it takes too much time. He was never around to teach us anything because he was too busy doing his own things, apart from Turtle Island.

    TRUE –Eustace treats the wood of his house and truck beds by painting them with a mixture of diesel and motor oil without any attempt to keep it from leaching into the soil.

    TRUE –Interns spend the majority of their time fixing cars or building his new house as free labor, NOT learning primitive/sustainable living skills. Eustace is the founder of a non-profit, but the volunteers that were there always ended up working on Eustace’s personal jobs to make him $, not Turtle Island and Desere turns a blind eye even though she knows it is wrong. An example of this is his wood cutting business. That is a personal business, but he gets the volunteers to do the work. He is not preserving the mountain so much as developing it, building illegal roads, ( I know because I helped him) , cutting down trees, annoying the hell out his neighbors. .

    TRUE –Interns are seldom allowed to use simple tools, because Eustace feels they waste too much time. Any “primitive” living must be done on their own time.

    TRUE –Horses are hardly used for anything other than buggy rides for tourists and occasionally plowing fields and cutting grass. They stand in a stall all day long and at night they graze.

    TRUE –Eustace owns and regularly operates bulldozers, backhoes, and industrial-size dump trucks to clear forest for roads, buildings, and anything else he can think of. I would consider him a “hoarder”.

    TRUE–Eustace’s home is surrounded by rusting trucks, cars, horse trailers, etc., most of which do not run or function at all. I counted 60 cars, not to mention the numerous trailers strewn throughout the surrounding forest. Piles of car batteries sit exposed and leaking in the forest amongst the cars behind the house.

    NOT TRUE — Worst of all, INTERNS ARE EXPECTED TO LIE TO THE PUBLIC about these things in order to keep the illusion of “primitive living” at Turtle Island.

    The fact is, interns are not asked to lie…but Eustace has a way of making people love him at the beginning, and so interns just automatically want to defend him. Anyone who has met him can feel his charm and knows what I am talking about.

    Mountain Men – Preston makes up most of the stories and then the two of them act it out. It
    is staged of course, this is no surprise I am sure. I remember one season of Mountain Men, he said he owed money ($80,000) in land taxes. This story was not true. It was made up for the tv show and I think Eustace was hoping to make some money by getting people to feel sorry for him.

    Just because Eustace and Desere are tragically flawed does not make them horrible people. They are just broken, like many people in this world. They are living their own little dream, “using” whomever they can to make it happen.

    I can still say that when people come to visit TIP , they can still find magic….but not BECAUSE of Desere and Eustace, but DESPITE Desere and Eustace. People seem to have this ideal image of what TIP is all about…but they really have no idea. No one does except for those of us who lived there with him day in and day out. It is like the Wizard of OZ, and Eustace and Desere are behind the curtain dictating to everyone, showing one face to the public but hiding their true face behind the curtain.

    TIP has the potential to be an amazing place. It just needs someone else to run it, because Eustace really doesn’t know how.

  48. Southbound
    August 16, 2015 at 8:28 am

    I am a southern born Ga girl who went the USAF and was in Qatar for the first Gulf War. I love this site and I go to it everyday. Here is where it’s tricky. I am a gun toting, conservative who loves Family, God,dogs,beer and bbq.The twist, I am a lesbian. I believe in the Golden Rule and live and let live. I’ve had it with govt,I support the military and the Constitution. I agree I don’t believe in Gay marriage though in our defense check out the divorce rate among straight American couples. Not a really good percentage. Everyone who pays taxes should have the same rights. If you don’t like it I shouldn’t have to pay the same. I’m good with that. Now the purpose of this post is does anyone have an acre or two, no more than two in TN or NC, or ideally North Ga that you will sell me? I have always wanted to disappear for numerous reasons but I’m ready to do it. I’ve been reading about the crime in the mountains also off gridoers building huge compound that become huge targets. A creek or spring would be ideal and if anyone comes on my property to hurt me or my hound family I’ll protect us. I’m a Crack shot thanks to a single Mom and a great papa. God Bless everyone, those of us left who earn what they have, believe in the Constitution and family and friends come first. Oh I am recently single because though I was born a lesbian, turns out I’m not good at it. Well what I can talk about that is.Unapologetically American War veteran. I fought for all American’s Rights but believe nothing is free and I don’t owe anyone a dam thing unless it’s the American Indian, Creek specifically.

    • Hoosier
      January 27, 2016 at 6:48 am

      Why head to Tenn? It seems everyone in Indiana and ohio plan to relocate near Daniel Boone forest, or Tenn mountains. Here’s the thing. If we all up and go to the same place, there won’t be any resources left, since we’ve marginalized moat wildlife to not impede on the suburban lifestyle. I moved from Ohio to indiana as they seem to leave you be much more. Just wondering why Tenn. I’ve thought the same thing, but last ten years I’ve heard it nonstop. If you really want to get away, let me know

  49. Suzanne
    December 2, 2015 at 1:24 pm

    Here is the problem as I see it from both sides of the perspective. Government means to control, delegate, function for the people. Off grid means to live without the government. When the government realizes that an off grid person is perfectly capable of living with them, they become offended and start with rules, then regulations, then laws, then federal laws, then they try to pull out all the stops on any and everything they can muster. The government wants you to think they are needed, because where there is a need there is more revenue that they delegate, control, monitor and spend. So in short off grid people (myself included) are not against the government, but against their beliefs. Because let’s face it folks, the beliefs nowadays are not what our forefathers even remotely wrote about. I feel very strongly that the only need you should have for the government is at war time. Otherwise they serve no purpose, at Least not for me they don’t. People become a problem when they don’t teach their sons how to be men these days, or their daughters how to be women. When a man can build a remote cabin without the government involved,with just the tools and natural resources god gave him, and his wife can have a child for them they become a family. When that family needs nothing from the government they are shunned, cast aways, and no do gooders! This is a huge misconception. .because those are real life people. Not government officials driving around in some expensive car, doing what others tell them to do…I thought real men didn’t take orders unless directed at the time of war for the safety of people. Real men don’t let other men tell them what to do…they do it for themselves and their families. What has happened to this world is that men became boys again and woman became little girls again…depending on the government for their safety, food, resources. When a man can go hunt for his family he is a true man..When a man shops for beef, he is a weak government controlled boy. When a woman has a baby and can feed it naturally she is a mother, when she runs to the store for moll replacer she is not of age to have a child or is controlled by the government. It’s not about rules laws’s about all o’s us being American. Step it up fellas and show your young boys and girls what kind of a man you really arr..because when the electronic world crashes, what are you going to do…depend on a woman who lives off grid…I think men are just too weak these days and will take any job you throw at em…Teach our boys to be men and live with nature and respect it…don’t teach them how to control someone else (this is why marriages don’t last these days either).just say it it like it is fellas…step it up. ..go shoot an ani, split firewood, build something useful to your family. something constructive. ..isn’t that what being a man is located about. ..

  50. Valerie
    January 23, 2016 at 1:50 am

    Stay off TV. Don’t get noticed & they probably will leave you alone. I do know the gov. is taking away lots of our rights. I saw that coming when they started Homeland Security. I think there is a law in Fl. that does not allow you to catch & use rainwater.

  51. John doe
    January 26, 2016 at 3:12 am

    I live in the same county as Eustace and although I will agree the building inspectors in this county are a pain in the a**, Eustace is a well known Fake around here he does not live in the wilderness its about 10 miles from App State where he recruits all the young help to do all his work for him. He owns Dump trucks, Trackhoes, Bulldozers etc etc He is a Scam artist, He Goes around buying houses and fixing them up and reselling them and when you ask Him about his tv show and the fakeness of it he just says ” Well you know how Tv is” and laughs. Remember when he “couldn’t afford to pay his taxes” and rode his horse into town? Do stuff like that while you have public school children come to your place for field trips and your are asking for trouble.

  52. Larry G Brindle
    January 26, 2016 at 6:52 am

    If you would like your own place near Turtle Creek, we have 115 acres we would like to sell. Beautiful streams and timber. $350,000 Tele:336.838.1001

  53. Beau
    January 26, 2016 at 10:32 am

    This is a difficult though terrible situation. Though I have grown a career in a high tech environment I have begun to understand the larger need. If the government is focusing on generating natural well being to better the population than I understand the hard choice, if the reasoning is selfish then this is a pure sin. I like to focus on the positive and with my current information, I believe the nature school does provide the education necessary and increasing important to our worlds community. Some how we often think progress is the answer but we have often failed to see that then stones we stand on to reach for the stars can and will fall if not secured and properly grounded. We come from the earth and the earth will take us back.

  54. Dennis Devenport
    January 26, 2016 at 4:51 pm

    Who is next? The Amish? Mennonites?

  55. David Allen
    January 26, 2016 at 5:51 pm

    Don’t kid yourselves, it’s all about money. Some rich investor most likely, wants to put condos up o n his land and the county sees tax dollars, Not to mention that the county is not making kick back from Duke power and the water supplier from his place being connected. Regardless if he uses the power or water, he would have to pay a fee to have this connected. The more people he teaches, the less money the county gets. It’ all about control and control is money.

  56. January 26, 2016 at 7:43 pm

    This is nothing but pure Liberalism , its not about safety its all about control !

  57. Marianne
    January 26, 2016 at 8:41 pm

    well…after reading the comments… I can honestly say ‘thank god I don’t live in the USA’.

    Childish comments, name calling, political agendas, accusations of racism???

    It seems the USA is so caught up in each individual asserting there thoughts, with no room allowed for debate that the no one is aware of what is right in front of them!

    It doesn’t matter … with what your president is inviting into the country… only unity will stop it…and no-one will unify because THEY are RIGHT.

    Have fun with that.

  58. Evil Tribley
    January 27, 2016 at 3:50 am

    Are there any off the gridders that don’t sound like paranoid,shut in psychos? I like the idea of it but not the ideas of them. Maybe your crazy ramblings are why your always under “attack”!

  59. Sarah McMullan
    January 27, 2016 at 5:31 am

    A Person LIVING off the Grid should be able to live on their land w/o any interference from the Government as long as you are paying your taxes & not causing any harm to others or the land/Streams.

  60. Jim Abdella
    January 27, 2016 at 5:50 am

    Eustice, we all feel for you, one thing you have on your side is that buildings built prior to the codes do NOT have to be brought up to current code unles 50 percent of valuation is exceeded during a remodel this is national code yet if you are public the governing agency may have jurisdiction on this, Put up no trespassing signs and go about your business, if you make money from the school, that building or area for the school may need to be up to code to satisfy them only. If your schooling is free they should not be able to do any thing about it, some people have nothing better to do than cause discuss, sounds like your county wants a larger tax base

  61. Rosie
    January 27, 2016 at 5:53 am

    This is Agenda 21 at work. Read up on it.

  62. January 27, 2016 at 9:24 am

    I feel as long as they aren’t trying to sell this to someone, they have the God given right, to live as they have chosen to live. May God Bless you all, and God be with you through it all.I am proud to see folks living life w/o all the modern necessities as the world sees it..

  63. Maryanne
    January 27, 2016 at 10:59 am

    Have you contacted Farm to Consumer Legal Defense Fund? ( Pete is fantastic and this is just the type of situation he handles. Please check him out! I will be praying for you!

    • David OConnell
      January 27, 2016 at 5:54 pm

      If you know that gentleman, maybe you can call him and tell him to get in touch with Eustis. I would be more then happy to donate to his legal defense fund.

  64. Justin
    January 27, 2016 at 12:41 pm

    And that’s why people are stocking up on guns and ammo some day the government is going to step on the wrong person and war we’ll break out

  65. Sharon Broome
    January 27, 2016 at 1:40 pm

    Leave the man alone. He is not doing anything that is hurting anyone. Just like always the Govt. telling us all how to live and what to do that fits in with their standards. If people want to go to his school to see how our ancestors lived what in the world is wrong with that!! I would love to go there and see all the amazing things that he could teach me. I watched the Mountain Men show and loved it. I think it is amazing that people want to go off the grid and live off of nature. I guarantee his buildings are better built than anything that is thrown up today!! Again leave the man alone!!

  66. Carolyn
    January 27, 2016 at 2:43 pm

    Leave them alone! Stop doing this to people! Taking people’s rights to a beautiful way of life such as his own. You should’ve seen how we used to cross our creek on our farm….on a log!

  67. Mike Holland
    January 27, 2016 at 2:56 pm

    Whether or not he’s guilty of code violation or if code violation is guilty, I will say this about this extensive comment string… I’m extremely impressed with the amount of passion which is on display here.

    You are all to be commended for your passion about this subject. I’m proud to count you my country-folk!

    Please, however, refrain from attacking one another. Remember, we are all, whether on-grid/off grid, independent/or sheep, still fellow Americans and we need to pull together…

    So, please continue to argue this topic and share your ideas, but please also try to strike a cooperative approach.

  68. Jeremy s
    January 27, 2016 at 2:57 pm

    Simple , call it a nature church . In sted of a school then sue them for discrimination of your religion.

  69. Johnny T.
    January 27, 2016 at 5:20 pm

    How can the government say that a person living in that way is wrong or not a right way of living? Just because a person can survive on his own without the help from anyone does not make it wrong or harmful in any way, The government needs to stop trying to control people’s lives and start controlling the government better. Their doing an awful job at that, anyone that can live the way Eustace Conway lives would be by far better off and more healthier living off the land. The food he grows, if people would research, is much better for you where as the food that the government controlled is far more unhealthy and cancerous than the way of Eustace Conway. I don’t think it’s about the way Eustace Conway lives at all or anyone else capable of living that life style. I believe the government wants to control everything including our freedom and lifestyle of the American people. People are loosing their freedom to make their own choices and perty much freedom of religion. Long story short, Eustace Conway, I totally support you 100% and the government should too but Eustace Conway don’t hold your breath on that. The government is for the government not the American peoples freedom, Eustace I hope you the very best in life and this situation.

  70. Herbert6
    January 27, 2016 at 8:18 pm

    What about the Amish? Don’t they live off grid? How do they get away with it?

  71. Rebecca
    January 27, 2016 at 8:45 pm

    The government started this when they made Native Americans move….

  72. January 28, 2016 at 4:39 am

    I didn’t get the sense that the government was trying to shut down his way of life rather than shut down because of codes of running a business did he actually accept money to run this business of his or is he just doing it to teach others the off grid or way in self-sufficient miss of living off the land. Like any other business that anybody operates in the United States there are rules regulations codes to follow I think that is what the government is getting at here I really hope the government doesn’t shut down the show mountain men it is one of my very favorite shows and I appreciate the people in it as people not actors their actual people

  73. Mickey Mouse
    January 28, 2016 at 6:17 am

    I think we should be allowed to live off the grid if we choose to. In Alabama if you don’t have running water or electricity in your house DHR (Department of Human Resources) will come in and take your kids away. They should not allowed to come in your house much less take your kids away cause you want to live off the grid as long as your kids are warm and not hungry and you have food then they should not be allowed to take your kids away. I would love to live off the grid but I don’t want my kids taken away. You can live in Alaska like this, you should be allowed to live in the lower 48’s like this.

    • MiltEnter your name...
      January 28, 2016 at 6:31 am

      It happened to us in the mid 50s. Good-time Charlie Wilson was the fore runner in promoting the expansion of the “Big Thicket”. Dad met with him and he promised that he would not use the term”immanent domain”(hope I spelled it right). Two years later the government took out land. Bet you never heard that about Wilson. Now Kevin Brady is wanting more with Kay Bailey Hutchinson backing him. A dictatorship isn’t what our founding fathers thought the government would turn into. I’ve been asked if I’m against my government. I simply return with a question, Is my government against me? What do you expect?

  74. Oh254
    January 28, 2016 at 7:09 am

    I believe we’re by far over regulated but to say we don’t need regulations wonder how these people would feel when the neighbors up the creek run the sewer in the creek that runs by their house?

  75. Cap Nemo
    January 28, 2016 at 7:25 am

    People who have zoning jobs and live in their perceived way of comfort eventually become just paycheck collectors. The reality of their position with zoning will never protect anyone from losing home values during a recession or depression. Their job is meaningless against the flex of dropping home prices and their worth. Many including those who perceive million dollar homes are their castles lost home values. Tax collectors never returned dollars previously collected on a false higher value of one’s property. The process is not relevant anymore in times of declining economies.

  76. This Patriot feels defeated
    January 28, 2016 at 7:34 am

    If we only we were refugees and immigrants! We’d have limitless government support. Free housing, food, education, financial stability, medical insurance, unlimited freedom, etc… The government even supplies the the BMV with the documentation needed for them to relieve a driver’s license! The license branch and workers are powerless and cannot deny them. The foreigners cannot speak a word of English. They are given 4 hours to take a test that has 26 questions, given to them via headphones and the questions translated on special computer setups made for them. I’ve seen it. I took pictures and asked the workers questions after I entered the local LB (in Perry Township of Marionette County, Indianapolis) full of Burmese immigrants brought here by the thousands since 2011. I was shocked. No one spoke any english, the workers had no way to communicate and I watched one female worker walk a Burmese out and point at her license plate in explaining something! you should have seen the looks, and heard the helpless disgust in vouces when I asked what was going on, and then where they got the documentation that makes it hard for a person like me to come up with even being born within 5 miles away. I cannot post the pic i took here but it is the same every day in that branch. Releasing these people to drive on they same streets our kids drive on. The local school teachers are even more upset with what to do with all the non English speaking children. They all have nice cars and live in nice communities in this nice south suburb of indy, houses i cant afford to live in. I struggle as a single and ONLY parent of 2 amazing boys, to get by, but this has me depressed and beyond frustrated. Google the Burmeses immigration. I’ll warn you though, the stats and details are upsetting as hell. American Veterans, children, and the poor are everywhere here, struggling to stay aluve. My 2 boys and I do what we can to help them with food, but it doesn’t help my head. It’s hit me hard, I’m not a weak emotional person by any means. It’s a disgrace beyond comprehension. idk anything anymore. It’s all fucked up.

  77. Dakota
    January 28, 2016 at 9:19 am

    This just makes me sick! It shows me that the gov’t. is now attacking their “own” (meaning Caucasian). I think Mr. Conway now KNOWS how the First Nations peoples feel and have been feeling for a few hundred years. Sickening!! Mother Earth and all upon it is so out of balance and here is a fellow who is trying to live in balance and his reward is to be attacked…WTF I say…

  78. chris
    January 28, 2016 at 10:43 am

    Great Job building sympathy for the man, without every mentioning the county’s issue. Then you have a video talking about how he’s willing to die for his beliefs, which apparently include bridges with only 1 hand rail…. Really? It’s oppression to put up another hand rail? I’m all about living off the land, but if you’re going to run a business, there’s a code, which most of the time was forged by pain and blood. If nobody had ever fallen off a bridge, we wouldn’t have rules like handrails. Some things are common sense, and saying things like you’d rather die than put up a handrail is insane talk, not a patriot fighting for his way of life. I’d bet some other complaints the county has are probably fire code related, once again, forged in blood and pain. If nobody died in a building fire, there would be no rules. It’s simple common sense, safety rules aren’t oppression as much as they are protection these days, with lawsuits around every corner. Lawsuits, which are rarely from the government, but from your fellow citizens. I wish this man the best, and hope dearly that someone with a bit of common sense can give him some advice, so he can continue what he does.

  79. Angel Williams
    January 28, 2016 at 10:47 am

    I think that the government should leave him alone! It is only right for him to live his life the way he wants! There’s nothing wrong with the life style he lives!I have saw his shows and I think it’s interesting! God gave us this Beautiful world!He’s not hurting anyone! So I think that they should leave him alone!

  80. AC
    January 28, 2016 at 1:18 pm

    Geez… that really sucks! I think it’s good to have SOME zoning laws and codes, because I’ve seen people live in places that no creature should ever have to live in because of how unsanitary, or unsafe they are. Not only to the inhabitants, but to their neighbors at times. Provisions SHOULD be made in cases like that, but i think that rather than being evicted and imprisoned, they should receive some help to deal with the issue. (which in some cases you can get grants from local government to do so, but it’s difficult.) I think our government takes it way too far though. For instance, at the house i grew up in, the main electrical supply was connected to the house less than four feet from my bedroom window. Knowing this was against code, my father called the electric company to have them fix it. They said they would and never showed up. He wound up having to pay fines for it, because they wouldn’t do their jobs, but it was considered HIS neglect by the government. twenty years later or so, and that wire has still never been touched. another person i know was almost arrested, because he dredged his overgrown pond himself, instead of calling DEC and paying tens of thousands of dollars to have it cared for, because it might have hurt a fish, in a pond that had no fish and was not connected to a stream of any kind. If you ask me, that’s just stupid.

  81. The main problem is there’s too many overpaid underwork corrupt politicians in Washington and in the capitals of each state We have too many 6-digit paid Senators Congressmen aids getting paid doing absolutely nothing but causing trouble for the common ordinary everyday citizen eliminate all those useless jobs balance the budget save so much money get rid of all their cars their expense accounts All their secretaries their offices it’s such a waste of our taxpayers money that we do not have Let’s get together and have a revolution the people need to take back this country and get rid of these corrupt politicians that think they own the country

  82. francois guay
    January 28, 2016 at 2:41 pm

    Soon you will have the mark on your forehead or on your hand and there’s nothing you can do to stop it. It is written.

  83. LMAO
    January 28, 2016 at 5:30 pm

    Can some one please tell him the government starting taking the people’s land back in the day of the Indian……

  84. Brittany
    January 29, 2016 at 5:32 am

    I would help this man any way that I could. He’s living the way that I would love to live myself. I wish I could help him in some way but have no way of contacting him even thought he doesn’t love that far from me. I wish him the best of luck and if need be, he can contact me and I have connections that just may help. Best of luck to you Eustice. I’m behind you 110%!! -Brittany Grindstaff

  85. Boyd Merriman
    January 29, 2016 at 5:39 am

    We need to stop attacking each other here. Just because some has opinions slightly different doesn’t make them dirt bags.
    It makes me angry if this is what the government is doing. I think it is wrong and this traditional way of life should not be destroyed.
    ….Having Said That…….
    Quote: “When did it become acceptable for the government to intimidate someone off their land? When did it become acceptable for the government to tell us how we can live on our own land? These aren’t people living in some urban area, where you might be able to make a case for zoning ordinances; these are people who live in rural areas of the country on large plots of land.”
    To ask this question is to forget our own history!

    When? Ask the local “Native Americans”. This Exact Same Thing happened to them many years ago!
    History is now repeating itself on it’s very own. This exact same Government is now taking land from it’s own people, so don’t be surprised since this same Government is the one who took it from the local natives. What goes around, comes around.
    I think the local natives would tell Eustace, “Now you know how we feel”
    I would love to live Off Grid, and I lived in NC and feel ashamed of what happened there, especially since land is set aside for the Cherokee Nation. Would that be taken back again?

  86. Dan
    January 29, 2016 at 10:01 am

    Too many unanswered questions here. Why is he being shut down? It says “he lives off the grid and teaches others to do the same”. Is he charging for these classes or doing them for free? If he is charging them, it is a business and he is required, everywhere that I am aware of, to have a business license. Are they shutting him down because refuses to get one? If he is refusing to, what every other business owner does, get a business license he needs to be shut down. Now, like said many unanswered questions and very vague on information. Let us stop throwing stones at each over a headline without knowing the facts. With that said, if he is doing it for free and no money is changing hands, the local government should leave him the hell alone!

    • Jule Picton
      January 29, 2016 at 5:43 pm

      Dan, like everyone says “you need a job to survive”. You ever had to pay for anything?

  87. George
    January 29, 2016 at 10:15 am

    It makes me sick to think that the government officials are threatening the american citizans like this, it seems that americans have lost their freedom, the american people are been fed with fear and ridiculous laws and regulations that resemble a communist government. The government is nobody to tell you what you can do in your land, within the limits of your property, a court of law could easily turn this ridiculous requirements on their stupid faces…They have twisted what is written in the american constitution, and whatever is against it isn’t the law!

  88. Jule Picton
    January 29, 2016 at 5:39 pm

    Respect to Conway! I visited turtle island with my brother a couple years ago in 2011, and I would say that to take away this place of love and tranquility would be no short of murder. We gotta make a stand on this one peoples. As a resident of Lenoir, I am willing to come up to Boone and do what it takes to let the voice of righteousness be heard. The government has pulled the trigger on this one.

  89. Jule Picton
    January 29, 2016 at 5:45 pm

    One day they will be in your shoes Eustice, and that’s really all there is to it. Love you brother!

  90. Jule Picton
    January 29, 2016 at 5:47 pm

    “I can think, and they can’t”

  91. susan nations
    January 29, 2016 at 9:50 pm

    im so upset over this,,,Mr Eustace,,ive always admired yur presence of mind and yur no malace approach although honest thru what ever u deal with,,if i were able to ,,id bring as many native people to u and start a moutain side sit in,,besides i honor u because u r standing up to this heresey,,BRAVO SIR!!!,they should b ashamed,,stand tall brother warrior,,,many bright blessings,,aho doda!!!!

  92. naanoseh
    January 30, 2016 at 12:37 am

    “When did it become acceptable for the government to intimidate someone off their land? When did it become acceptable for the government to tell us how we can live on our own land?”
    Isn’t that how Americans got “their land” to begin with? Natives were not only intimidated off their land, but they were flat out murdered for it. Then they were put on reservations and told exactly what they could and couldn’t do. So to answer the question, when did it become acceptable for the gov’t to do these things? From the inception of America…..that’s when.

  93. James Belknap
    January 30, 2016 at 9:27 am

    What about Wal-Mart should they have to keep there property up to code? At the point he chose to become a commercial entity it became the government’s job to protect his employees and students. That’s not getting “zoned out” that’s the government doing what it’s suppose to do protecting its citizens.

  94. Joseph
    February 5, 2016 at 8:15 am

    This is all part of big government, socialist, and greedy people with religious beliefs that don’t even resemble the religion the claim to follow. In the end it’s all about control. Who wants to CONTROL and who wants to be left alone.
    We, as a people need to take control of our own government and 1st and most importantly get rid of ALL of the beauracrats. That is a person who invents a job that doesn’t really have a place or unjustifiable reason to exist. I.e. home land security, batfe, tsa, etc… Those are high profile bureaucrat jods. They really should have just expaned the agencies that already exist that do that, for example; hls is dipped its finger in cia, fbi, batfe, and border patrol., tsa should have just been an explanation to the air marshals, batfe should have just been an expantion of the fbi and the secret service. These are some examples of beauracrats at work. Get rid of the, undo the mess they have made and roll the qualified individuals into the proper agency’s and try to educate and bring whats left into the proper shape and size with a proper education for the agencies the aspire to work for. That would be a great start, granted a major overhaul but it would bring the government back closer to what their real purpose is.

  95. Jim
    February 7, 2016 at 4:23 am

    It’s cases like these that need to be heard in the Supreme Court. It’s clear there First Amendment rights are being assaulted. A case against the county should be filed immediately to make an example of the injustice and abuse of power in Government.

  96. Frank Zurfley
    February 9, 2016 at 3:32 pm

    Start you own church of the outdoors, have your students become members of the church;

  97. Coco
    March 30, 2016 at 5:49 am

    Wow, the government is no longer by the people for the people! Time we kick these low life people out of office and put real people in! Eustace is being screwed royally! He is hurting no one and helping others to become self sustaining with nature. Tell the local government to go to hell!

  98. Maru
    March 30, 2016 at 9:08 am

    Anyone ever heard of the America Indians? I read the comment “When did it become acceptable for the government to intimidate someone off their land? When did it become acceptable for the government to tell us how we can live on our own land?” All I could thin about was my Great Grandmother and my father in law who where both born on reservations and taken from their families to be raised in a good Christian home because their Indian families were considered to be heathens and their way of life was considered unacceptable. We all need to wake up this is not something new this is something that has been going on since the beginning.

  99. Karla
    March 30, 2016 at 7:43 pm

    In my opinion..I think it absolutely ridiculous that they are bothering him. I am not surprised though. If you are doing anything off grid they don’t like it. You must abide by their “laws”, even when they make up new ones daily. I look forward to the day our Creator has them in judgment, I will be applauding as He sentences them all!

  100. Thomas Moses
    March 30, 2016 at 7:51 pm

    Seems to me that San Bernardino Terrorist was a county Environmental inspector. that being said, An Engineer Stamp overrides the building code. I am certain many issues could be resolved. I was lucky in my case, another zoning officer was murdered by a harassed citizen, then mine backed off. Unfortunately the 2nd Amendment is a last resort.

  101. pamela
    March 30, 2016 at 8:43 pm

    i enjoy listening to him teach I PRAY he be able to keep teaching people all about his life of living I think that the government should leave him alone! It is only right for him to live his life the way he wants!

  102. Roger
    March 31, 2016 at 1:51 am

    The government does not like “off-griders”. They are too hard to keep track of, they are not reliant on government, thus they are too hard to control. So of course, the government does not like “off-griders” teaching people to be “off-griders”. Be mindful of what the government is up to.

  103. Gerald Barnhart
    March 31, 2016 at 8:26 am

    I think everyone on Facebook should get behind Eustice and block the government from takin his land..and one of these people who donate to useless charities that don’t do anything but pay a CEO hundreds ofthousands dollars a year

  104. Vocal Quake
    March 31, 2016 at 3:08 pm

    As a young professional skilled artisan. I understand the needs of making sure buildings are secure and can survive catastrophe such as earthquake, as to not crumble and kill people. I understand the need for regulations on a septic tank as opposed to digging a hole, due to the sanitation reasons and the toxicity levels that can seep into the land meaning more harm to the wildlife we are fighting to preserve and fighting to live so closely to. What I do not understand is if I want to live in a small farm for myself in a city close to a medical center, I shouldn’t have to be turned away. I shouldn’t be told I cannot live my life and live off my land. Of all things nobody should have to falsely claim a religion, Amish, in order to claim a natural lifestyle.

    We will fight for all people to live off the grid.

    -Vocal Quake, Resonating voices to be heard

  105. Jerry B
    March 31, 2016 at 4:18 pm

    These people are being hammered because of how thy are tied to the system. It’s about your nationality/citizenship to the Federal government. If you want to be “off the grid” then you must be out of the Federal system.

  106. Former Boone Resident
    March 31, 2016 at 4:35 pm

    Boone NC is in Watauga County so the idiot who is calling it Boone County and siting Republican Presidential Statistics is full of crap. Also the local newspaper is The Watauga Democrat

  107. Maggie
    March 31, 2016 at 6:31 pm

    Im going to make this a political thing because we have in washington a party that claims to want the government out of their business, they want a smaller government and the right to do what they want. The problem here is that what they aren’t telling you is they want to do whatever they want including seizing your land, your rights to water, your rights to solar power, your rights to grow your own non GMO fruits and Vegetables. Your right to maintain livestock for personal consumption. These politicians are backed by special interest groups, the oil companies, the electric companies, the coal industry, Monsanto, The Koch Brothers, the office of land management. Big business. And while the Republican party feeds the masses a bunch of crap to keep us pointing fingers at each other. Citizens United keeps dumping more money into elections, to buy politicians who will enacting laws that are taking away our rights. There is a saying..its easier to fool people then it is to tell people they have been fooled. Vote these people out of office and end Citizens United and lets get back to being the land of the free where you could homestead, and grow your own food without some schmuck saying its against the law or you need a permit…its crazy what greed has done to the greatest country in the world…

  108. Shirknick
    April 1, 2016 at 8:24 am

    Stuff like this is pursuant to the U.N. Agenda 21. An international, slow-moving but relentless effort by those signing (USA is signatory) to move people off the land, out of houses they own, have no car, and into the government-approved ‘planned communities’ with high population density with mass transit and foot and bike paths. All the little things that make people ‘happy’ are within walking distance. Stores, restaurants, movies, etc.

  109. valerie fagan
    April 1, 2016 at 11:33 am

    This is how to create home-grown terrorism – GOVERNMENT, GET OFF OUR BACKS!!!

  110. Susan
    April 1, 2016 at 3:04 pm

    I think the government has a lot more things to worry about other than this man who isn’t bothering anyone and causing no harm!! Go fit bigger issues and let him alone!!

  111. Tubs
    April 1, 2016 at 7:48 pm

    It’s about creating global feudalism. Our children are taught lies, but lies become fact when enough people believe them. These are dark days for humanity, the plan is nearly complete. That’s why we are seeing more and more of these usurpation’s of individual liberty. This is just the scraping away of all examples of what freedom really means.

    We are told what e can say, what we can think, where and how we will live. Comfortable servitude is still slavery

  112. iBmoe
    April 1, 2016 at 7:57 pm

    If he was smart he would just start his own religion. Then when the government steps in …..he says it’s a conflict to his religious beliefs. Problem solved and then he can run it tax free

  113. The highway to hell is probably loaded with politicans.

  114. Texsheva
    April 2, 2016 at 9:12 pm

    This is truly alarming for any land owner who desires self sufficiency and wishes to live as they desire. Nothing but clearly exposing that the government has gotten too big. I’m so sad for Eustace and hope people will expose this all they can to fight with him. It’s nothing but CONTROL issues and makes me ashamed that those who are REALLY the criminals are actually running the country! Disgusting!

  115. Phillip R. Lake
    April 3, 2016 at 8:36 pm

    Piss on the government – Federal, State, Local. I don’t need the government idiots tell me how to live my life. Somebody on here yelled “anarchy”, well that is a hell of a lot better than Socialism, Communism and a Stalin, Big Brother bunch of assholes.

  116. Amanda
    April 4, 2016 at 10:14 am

    What Eustace Conway is teaching and sharing with others is needed, in a huge way!!!! I prefer his teachings to those in public schools and I am a teacher.

  117. William Dillard
    November 21, 2016 at 11:59 am

    I have known Eustace Conway for a long time. Knew him when he was living in a tent,I know him as a kind and gentle heart that has bad things going on in his life after fighting for that land for a long time the fight continues.he is not a man that would sit back and like all this negativity over someone doing their job so quit all the bull crap using him as ur right to to protest in this manner. The best way people can help Eustace is to stand behind him and support at town meatings and so forth. Every private organization has guidelines to follow and Eustace is no different. He knew this would come eventually as we all do,wether it be right or wrong or code or not code. It is the way it is. No change comes from losing or cool or being damaging with our words. This all comes from a guy who lives off grid in a shack and live off the land and have been doing it for two years. As the rest of u out that anarchy is not the answer it is the problem we are already labbeled anarchist but we don’t have to give ammo and prove the saying to be true. With I will shut my two cents worth down now and let all mule over my words thanks to all and have a blessed day

  118. William Dillard
    November 21, 2016 at 12:10 pm

    Think on this knowing Eustace as I do all his building are done right because he has the knowledge to do so,but as all things upkeep is essential and sometimes if one of ur children was to go get hurt there 95% of u people would be ready to sue him and have him shut down and that’s the facts. As long as people can stand in the window and yell outside at the fight going on they believe that the fight will not come inside and they are safe,that is until they are hit in the back of the head because someone sneeked in the back door while they were doing all the lip in the window. Enough of the bull crap people it’s time to get ur hands dirty or shut the hmm up.

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