Maine Whitetail Deer Season Approaches – Are YOU Hunting this Year?

I know some of you are vegan warriors, grass munching herbivores, while others blast groundhogs with high-powered rifles just to watch them *splat*.  But from now through November, I’ll probably be writing a variety of deer hunting posts, because this is where my survival thinking lands this time of year.

Realistically, I question how effective hunting will be as a survival technique in a Mad Max TEOTWAWKI situation. There are A LOT of people inhabiting this planet and very limited wildlife in comparison. There will be no wildlife management or hunting laws in a Mad Max situation. Critters would quickly become hard to come by – or just non-existent.

Should hunting even be considered a self-reliant, preparedness, SHTF skill worth learning? Of course it should. It doesn’t have to be Mad Max bad in order to realize the self-reliant benefits of deer hunting. Lose your job? If you have a little time and a rifle, deer meat comes cheap, especially when compared to the cost of other organic, free range meat. You also learn other skills that have uses beyond just hunting, like land navigation, marksmanship and animal processing.

I am by no means an expert, but after spending a number of seasons in the woods hunting deer, I’m not a beginner either. I write about Maine hunting, because that’s what I know, but I suspect most of the information is transferable to other settings, including yours.

Deer season for us starts on Saturday, October 30th. This is “residents only” day when we get to head into the woods before the wealthy out-of-state Massachusetts hunters roll into the state with their hoity toity trucks, oversized rifles and bowie knives strapped to their sides. We call them “Massholes” …. no, they’re not ALL “Massholes”, but it’s always the poor actions of a few that set the image for the many. Whether you’re a “Masshole” really depends on your state-of-mind rather than your state-of-residence, but if you ARE a Masshole, please leave your money at the border (and buy your high-end hunting gear through my Amazon search bar in the left sidebar, of course).

I should clarify that the October 30th date is for firearms seasons, which lasts through November. If you’re hunting by bow you can hunt earlier and later. The season can also be extended if you hunt with a black powder rifle.

….. so are you ….. hunting this year?

– Ranger Man

8 comments… add one
  • Bitmap September 29, 2010, 8:14 am

    “Target of opportunity” seems far more likely than actually hunting as far as Mad Max goes. I often see game when I am busy doing something else or my hands are full. Working the garden, fixing something, unloading the car, those are the times I often see meat. A good reason to have a suitable handgun with you.

  • Discount Hunting Supplies September 29, 2010, 8:21 am

    No vegan warrior or grass munching herbivore here. Yes going hunting and filling the freezer.
    My meat just ran out and it’s that time of the year. I think its funny seeing people hunting with all new gear. Looks like the just went to cabela’s for the occasion. New boots coveralls etc. Me Im a old army jacket and old boots kinda guy.
    Thanks for sharing this post, It just reminded me how close deer season really is.

  • OutLander777 September 29, 2010, 8:29 am

    Nope not in the state i’m currently in. Nevada thinks that hunting deer is like a gamble. You can buy a license then enter the lottery to see if they let you hunt. So damn controlled they actually cause hunters to go to other states and spend their money and time. Of course they say its to keep game out their for everyone. In Nevada its all about the Money.

  • SD September 29, 2010, 9:55 am


  • raugustine1963 September 29, 2010, 10:02 am

    Count me in. I’ve seen a lot of sign on the back end of my property and I’m already looking for places to put a stand.

  • j.r. guerra in s. tx. September 29, 2010, 1:43 pm

    Don’t forget animals that your state consider ‘feral’ or ‘varmints’ either. In Texas, deer hunting lease costs have become ridiculous over the years, and its hard to find a place to hunt when your income is ‘average’. If you don’t own it already, or know someone who does and consider them a good friend or have money to burn, you are sol. One suggestion I’ll make – wild hogs.

    Wild hog populations have grown high enough to where ranchers / farmers are begging for help in controlling their numbers due to agriculture damage. A deer hunter begs to hunt, while a hog hunter is welcomed with open arms. Feral animal – no closed season, often very little laws pertaining to their hunting (i.e. spot lighting is okay – just warn the game warden of your plans!) and the meat is awfully tasty, given a suitable animal. Even traps for them are legal here – valuable experience for the prepper.

    So the big game hunter gets meat, some experience at hunting methods that are ‘outside the box’. The landowner gets some relief from damage. Win-win. Sounds good to me.

  • Stinkeye October 1, 2010, 8:44 pm

    Ranger Man, I’ve been reading your blog for a long time and it’s one of my favorites, but this is the first time I’ve commented. I’ve started my own blog and I just posted about my own preparations for whitetail season, but you mentioned something that I wanted to comment about, because I agree with you completely …

    In a SHTF situation, hunting will certainly be a valuable skill, but I wonder how long the deer and other wildlife will last. Here in the South, practically everyone hunts deer; it’s an obsession, and the people are damn good at it. If the SHTF, I think the woods would be full of hunters, and shortly thereafter, empty of deer. For that matter, I think the lakes would be fished out quickly too.

    That’s why I think it’s important to keep the freezer full of venison now, because if the SHTF, you might not get much more.

    Thanks for your insightful posts, and good hunting this season.

  • Hokie Magnum October 3, 2010, 7:13 pm

    Rangerman can’t hunt deer without me. It’s complicated, but it’s true. That said – I cannot WAIT for deer season this year. Why? Because of the experience. I’m all for filling the freezer, don’t get me wrong. Still, it’s more about the experience than the meat. For me anyway.

    Solitude. A total societal disconnect from the 9-5 real world that drives my fiscal checks and balances. It’s a chance to hang out with my bro’s and do things like…well, whatever the hell I want.

    It’s deer season. The very name of this holiday season has less to do with Bambi than it does good times.

    I can already smell it in the air. ………….yes….I can friggin’ smell it. Deer season cometh…..I’d better stock up on 308 ammo. And bourbon.


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