Hunting 101:

Hunting 101:

Food is life is the dogma all preppers live by. We’ve all read about food storage. How much food you need for each person, what type of foods to buy and store and how to store it. But what if you are faced with a situation that requires long term survival and independence. How much food do you have stored away? A months’ worth? At most a years’ worth. But what if you are faced with a really bad and long term survival situation? What if it is an indefinite period? What will happen to your food supplies then and what if you run out? This is why every prepper worth his/her salt should at least know the basics of hunting.

As humans we evolved from hunter-gatherer societies so we all do have some innate hunting abilities in us. Here the basics of hunting.

  • Know where to hunt

Since you are reading using the internet SHTF has most probably not happened yet. So you need to know there are many laws in place that regulate hunting. Be aware of these laws and follow them! For example, you can use the official the National Wildlife Refuge system to find out which game is allowed to be hunted in which states and during which seasons. Remember to conserve wildlife as this will help replete game populations in the long run which is beneficial for us all.

  • Know when to hunt

If you are a novice the best time to learn hunting is in the summer or during warmer times of the year. This is when roads and river crossings are most accessible. The animals are also easier to find as they won’t be sheltering from the cold. You can also travel light as you won’t be weighed down by heavy clothing. Camping and walking along on trails is much easier in the summer. So if you are going to pick a time to learn – choose summer.

  • Start by joining a group

It might seem like a good idea to buy a gun and head out to hunt, but this is NOT what you should do. Even people who have hunting for decades admit to not knowing everything there is to know about hunting. So what you can do as a beginner is become an apprentice or go on your first few hunts with a regular. This is someone who knows the ropes and can guide you and help out. Don’t buy a gun at first. Just go along on a few trips, see how the pros do it. Learn about the types of weapons involved from them and then invest in a gun of our own. You should also read up about the basics from helpful sites on introduction to hunting.

  • Know your tools

What type of gun to use, what is the best spotting scope to use? These are questions to ask before you get started. Should you use rifles or shot guns? Take your time to research the types of rifles available in the market and which ones are best suited to hunting the type of game available in your area. There are also alternatives to guns when it comes to hunting. You can use a cross bow or snares and traps to hint as well. Some beginners start by using salt slicks as means to attract deer and then hunt them at close proximity.

  • Know how to prepare the game for eating

Once you’ve gotten the hang of hunting you need to start thinking about how to prepare the animal you’ve caught for food. The act of cleaning the game animal is called field dressing and it compromises of eviscerating, gutting and skinning the animal. It has to be done properly to avoid infecting the meat. You also need to know about the dangers of food poisoning from sick animals or meat that has gone bad. The best to learn these skills is to invest in a good book and find a mentor willing to teach you.

  • Include your children

If you have kids take them along with you. Hunting should be a family activity and these are valuable skills your children will benefit from. You may have waited until adulthood but your kids will benefit from starting young. They still have the ability to build the basic skills required to hunt you may find harder to imbibe as you get older.

What we’ve discussed above are just some starter points I hope they get you started in the right direction. Don’t be disheartened if you don’t do that well in the beginning. Remember hunting is a skill learnt over time and you have at least some of the basic instincts necessary to become a good hunter so rely on them.

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