The 6 C’s of Hunting for Food

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The 6 C’s of Hunting for Food

In this day and age, hunting is rarely used as a sole source of food for the family. Today, we use the grocery store to procure what we need whether it be meat or some other byproduct from an animal. Let’s be honest, it is a lot easier to run to the supermarket to grab what you need versus gearing up for a hunt in the woods. There is nothing wrong with that. It is certainly a perk of living in modern times.

However, there are some real benefits to using hunting as one of the main ways of putting food on the table. Sure, you will still need to hit the grocery store for a lot of things, but this is a way to supplement your food supply. These are what I like to call the 6 C’s of Hunting for food.

Connected -Hunting the food you will put in you and your family’s mouth brings a sense of connection to the whole process. When you take an animal out of the wild, you don’t have to wonder what kind of chemicals or food it was fed that you and your family will be ingesting as well.

Calories -Believe it or not, wild game actually has more nutritional value than meat sold in stores. In fact, the meat you get straight out of the wild will have a lower fat content. We all know that is a major bonus. Wild game is even lower in cholesterol. If you want to know the scientific reasoning for this, I cannot give you an exact answer, but I can tell you it likely boils down to what the animals in the wild eat versus what those in captivity eat. Basically, the meat you harvest yourself is cleaner than what you get in the grocery store.

Cost -This is a tricky one. Pound for pound, the meat you take yourself rather than purchasing in the grocery store is going to be cheaper. However, hunting itself is not free. There are licenses, tags, ammunition, weapons, and in some cases the gear required to hunt.  You must also factor in the cost of fuel to get to the hunt site. This can add up, but fortunately, gear can be reused and the tags and license fees are fairly inexpensive for in-state hunts. When you add it all together, it can end up costing the same, but let’s face it, there are some serious benefits to bringing home meat from the wild instead of the grocery store.

Continuance -Okay, what I really mean is survival, but I needed a “c” word and this worked. Obviously, the meat you gain is conducive to your survival, which becomes a necessity in an emergency situation. There is also the fact that each part of an animal you take can be used for other purposes to help you survive. Think primitive skills. Although, edible plants are easier to harvest than a wild deer and I highly recommend foraging for food that way, harvesting an animal is very useful.

Conservation -Although it does not make a lot of sense at first glance, hunting actually helps maintain animal populations. After nearly losing wildlife altogether back in the early 1900s, wildlife biologists and hunters have come together and managed to work with a plan that puts food on the table without jeopardizing a species. As long as ethical hunters continue to follow the laws put in place, there is no reason we cannot continue to hunt to feed our families.

 

Chance -This refers to those chance encounters that only happen if you are out enjoying nature. In just one weekend, my son and I had several chance encounters that we never would have had at the grocery store. At one point during our hunting excursion, an owl tried to steal my hat, a turkey tried to get into our pack and then we witnessed a mama raccoon hunting down her baby that had managed to escape. And that was just a small part of what we got to see. I won’t even go into detail about the number of birds, deer, squirrels, chipmunks and even a red-tail hawk that graced us with their presence. Yes, we saw all of that in just one weekend, plus lots more . These are experiences to cherish and you will absolutely never run into any of those things in the meat department at the grocery store.

When you add up all the pros to hunting versus shopping, it is pretty clear which way rules. Obviously, it is not a good idea to ban the grocery store altogether, but you do have options.

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When Craig Caudill is not hunting for food, you may find him blogging or vlogging for Dan’s Depot, read more of his posts here, or testing bug out backpacks or teaching at his Nature Reliance School.

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