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