Mother Nature’s Grocery Store: Part 2

Continued from Mother Nature’s Grocery Store: A PRHr’s Guide to Getting Started in the Meat Department – Part 1: Getting Set Up

Once you’ve outfitted yourself with the proper tackle for a day afield, it’s time to start putting some game in the bag. On the hunts eve, anticipation builds as gear is stowed away. The sights, sounds, and smells of a crisp fall morning enter the mind. A trace of wood smoke from a distant cabin hangs in the autumn air, while songbirds salute the appearance of the sun, breaking the morning’s silence.  The leaves of the hardwoods lit ablaze, as the forest prepares for its long slumber. Flocks of Canada geese fly overhead, making their journey to the warm southern wetlands as you walk the fields and hedgerows.

This sounds a hell of a lot better than a trip to the grocery store, doesn’t it? Now before we proceed, I hope everyone has heeded my recent advice, and spent a bit of time getting familiar with their new shotgun, and looked over regulations books thoroughly. Safety in the field is extremely important, so I will continue to harp on you like a portly, bearded, overprotective mother. Now we can get started.
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Mother Nature’s Grocery Store: A PRHr’s Guide to Getting Started in the Meat Department – Part 1: Getting Set Up

There are many benefits to hunting, most importantly, having fresh, free range meat on hand. Many homesteaders raise livestock for eggs, meat, and craft materials. Taking to the woods can supplement this supply with a variety of healthy and tasty table fare. This is even more important for the homesteader who doesn’t have enough land, or can’t raise livestock due to zoning regulations, and relies only on a grocery store for their meat.

In most states, getting started involves taking a hunter’s safety course and obtaining your hunting license. These are normally free, and only take up a weekend of your time. You can find out when and where these courses take place, by contacting your state’s game commission. After that, it’s a matter of deciding what you want to hunt and getting some appropriate gear.
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