Hunting, fishing and panicking with the 'Doomsday Preppers'
We're all going to die.
Okay, hopefully not anytime too soon. But if you ask the stars of "Doomsday Preppers" (new season premieres Tues. Nov. 13 at 9:00 p.m. on NatGeo), there's a fair chance it's not only going to happen sooner than we expect, but most of us are either going to starve to death, die of thirst, get hacked up by crazed marauders or turned into oven baked hams when we can't hide from the nuclear blast. And by "we," doomsday preppers really mean everyone but themselves.
Hey, these people are ready for everything from tornadoes to Armageddon, which was what I learned during a visit to West Virginia. There, along with a few other journalists, I talked to real preppers from the show as well as learned how to shoot a bow and arrow (sort of), fly fish (again, sort of), prepare something edible from shelf-stable goods and skeet shoot. This was, theoretically, to inform me as to my own level of disaster preparedness.
Yeah, about that… given my current skill level, I suspect I'll be in the first wave unless the zombie hordes are willing to spare my life for some DVD box sets and stale Trader Joe's cat cookies.
Flying into Lewisburg, West Virginia, I had no idea what to expect. Having seen the first season of the show (which became a break-out hit for NatGeo and is now their top rated program), I recalled wall-to-wall weirdos. Parents who insisted their kids spend every free moment preparing for disaster, anxious types who seemed oddly soothed by counting their ammunition stores, miserable moms obsessing over worst case scenarios. They may have been prepared, but these people weren't exactly fun. I foresaw a weekend embedded with a bunch of miserable gun nuts eating MREs and hand fishing for dinner.