Hunting To Survive
No one can see into the future, and while we all hope that life will proceed smoothly, there is no guarantee that the stability we now enjoy will continue. Recent decades have alerted everyone to the changeability of the world. Rather than just accept food shortages or other disruptions, it is possible to provide an adequate food supply for yourself and your family by hunting. Someone who has the ability to hunt successfully will never have to worry about starving as long as game is available.
Don’t Go Off Half-Cocked
While hunting for survival food is a good idea, you should also understand how to handle a firearm. You should know what kind of gun will best suit your purposes, and what kind of game you will be hunting. If you are totally unfamiliar with guns, take a course on the safe use of the weapon, and learn how to clean and maintain it, too.
Different Kinds Of Game
Depending on where you live, there will be a variety of game animals available. Most regions of the United States have deer, which will provide a considerable amount of meat. If you are hunting for game of this size, it would be a good idea to have some means of preserving the extra meat, either by canning it or dehydrating it as jerky.
Smaller game is also a possibility, and raccoons, rabbits, opossums, beaver, grey squirrels, and even porcupines will provide protein when the food supply has been interrupted. Snakes make good eating, and there are many birds that will provide a decent meal, as well. Avoid predators such as foxes, otters, coyotes, or weasels as the meat from these animals is rank in taste. You should also avoid any animals that appear to be ill, or are behaving in an abnormal fashion; a healthy wild animal (except for a predator looking for a meal) will not approach a human being.
Dressing Wild Game
You should learn how to properly dress the game, and follow safe handling procedures with all wild game. It is necessary to wear rubber gloves while butchering the animal. If the contents of the intestines spill onto any of the meat, you should cut that part off and throw it away. You should always cook wild game thoroughly to prevent the transmission of any bacterial diseases.
A Hunting Helper
If you live in a suburban or rural area, you might consider buying a hunting dog. Dogs have been our hunting companions for thousands of years, and can help you in many ways when you need to hunt to survive. Most dogs have some sort of hunting instinct, but certain breeds, such as pointers and retrievers are excellent at indicating to you where the game is, and then bringing it back. Spaniels are also good hunting dogs, and beagles and bassets are also excellent at hunting small game. Hunting dogs are generally good natured with people, too, and make good family pets as well as hunting helpers.