Hunting your food

If you are like most urban dwellers, we would prefer to go to the meat section of any grocery store no matter how pricey to pay for our meat to no longer have a face on it. I am no different. However, having a hungry meat eating large wolfdog to care for these days my funds for raw meat from the grocery store dwindle very fast. So I have been exploring alternatives.

By means of urban rodent hunting with a pellet gun. (Yes I am well aware this is not a good idea ((both to be hunting in an urban neighborhood, and trying to kill animals with a $38 cheap air gun)) but I have managed to do it none the less.

The first thing you have to understand about hunting (as a person who hasnt ever had to hunt, and was never encouraged by your parents or friends to do so) is that you are taking something’s life, and you had better have a damn good reason to do so. The guilt of that first kill will linger on your conscience for a long time. You will have to look that animal in the eye, feel the warmth leave it’s body as you “clean” it, and if you were a bad shot, you will have to humanly kill it to put it out of its misery.

On the bright side, you get a quick down and dirty first hand look at anatomy, and the mysteries of how the body functions! There is really very little blood contrary to popular belief, and it dosent smell as bad as you would think, (unless of course you hit the stomach or any part of the “waste” track).

Also, field cleaning the animal is not rocket science, and is relatively easy to do. if you need help in an urban setting, there are a ton of field dressing videos on youtube and blogs some taught incredibly straightforward and articulately by 12 year olds so don’t judge.

In the end you have learned a valuable skill which will always be available to you in the future.

Just keep in mind most places in the U.S. require a hunting license, and impose strict fines for not having one, or disobeying the rules associated with it. The good news is they are cheap and easy to obtain, and since most people do not hunt these days your competition is very low.

Good luck, and remember, you should always strive to take your prey in one shot. there is nothing fun or exciting about having to shoot something you maimed again, or know you injured an animal that ran off wounded. So practice practice practice!Image

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2 thoughts on “Hunting your food

  1. Jon Lebel

    I grew up on trap lines in northern Canada. I have cleaned many animals for both fur and food (as an adult i no longer aprove of killing for just fir! – this was before i was 12 years old so done blast me). It takes some getting used to the taste of wild meat… it doesn’t taste anything like your grocery store chicken/beef. If you find the taste strong (wild) just add spices (lots of them) or overcooking tends to dull it a little.. I,ve also heard that soaking in mild water/vinagar also helps. Either way, if your hungy enough you’ll eat anything. I have not tried squirrel but i hear its good… rabbit is wonderful if caught in the right place in the right time (they are what they eat so they do taste different in different parts of country). As for pellet gun… most under 500 fps are a little tricky killing small rodents, but i have taken many a rabbit as a youth at close range with an eye shot (drops them quickly). Body shots wont do it. Try to get the pellet into the brain through the skull by way of the soft eye socket. Sorry if i trouble anyone with this… just don’t make the bunny suffer… its bad enough she has to die to feed you. Good luck.

  2. Urban Ozzie survivalist

    Where i am we have strict gun controls. If you have a gun/rifle yes even an air rifle or pellet gun it has to be locked up in a secure location listed on your gun licence. And even a slingshot is illegal unless it is dismantled. You can carry a yoke and band but not assembled. For the last year whilst homed i have acquired and been practicing every week with a bow. I started with a compound but this is both bulky and heavy. Then i switched to a take down recurve which has removable limbs. Fits easily into a rucksack or car. Assembles in minutes. Takes a while to master but the trade off in weight is phenomenal. And the arrows are reusable. So your not buying ammunition. Will take down more than a rat or bunny without a problem.

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