S&F for another good thread...
I have reserved my thoughts to myself waiting to see how others would respond... and now it's time...
People who live in rural parts are already doing some of their own food production... that's why we live in the country... to have our own gardens
raise chickens goats etc... if we were faced with a full meltdown of civilization we country folks are already halfway to full sustainability... where
as city dwellers... not so much...
there have been a great many studies done on pry animals over the years... one that just came out states that in the first few days after hunting
season opens those animals become scarce and very wary.... they quickly withdraw from open meadows game trails and road sides.... the more pressure
hunters put on them the more the retreat into the really rugged backcountry.... That is something I have personally witnessed with my own eyes where
hunters from a nearby big city descend in mass...
those are facts a skilled and successful hunter knows without needing to be told... but a city kid who's every meal comes out of the Microwave
wouldn't.... A hunter knows how to lead a running or flying animal that guy who only shoots at paper targets doesnt...
just like fishing... just cause to throw a lure in the water doesn't mean you'll come away with a fish... you have to know where to find them... under
the docks at a confluence hovering in pools looks for food to wash down to them from upstream....
My point is there are thousands of little things we hunters and fishermen do, without thinking about them... why... because that's where we were
taught.. and if it worked for dad and grandpa it sure as hell works for us too...
Now Imagine a person, hungry, yet he's never done any outdoors stuff... Well maybe the computer game deer hunter... throw him in the woods with one of
those so called black rifles and see what gets???? just like any tool.... what good is it if you don't know how to use it???
No sir... I think maybe 1 in ten people your likely to meet is an avid hunter... those other 9 do not have the skills to fend for themselves in the
backcountry... or sure they may make a lot of noise shooting at everything that moves and a lot of things that don't... but once they die off or
simply move on... those deer squirrel and rabbits will be right back doing what they always did... Laughing at want-a-bes... But a good hunter knows
to wait... they know when it's time to go afield and when it's best to just stay home... their pry will still be there... long after the city folk
have moved on...
Edit to add:
even in good times, with technology, hunting takes a tremendous amount of effort:
not true for all us... every morning my granddaughter and I sit and watch whitetails graze in our meadow... she likes to throw food out the kitchen
window to a pair of young raccoons who know a sucker when they see one... there must be a dozen rabbits out by the pond... Little Sarah has named
everyone of them... for me and where I am... it's not much effort... but I had better not let my four year old find out or there will be hell to
pay... yeah even little girls got that whole wrath of god thing going when it comes to her "Pets"
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