posted on Oct, 16 2012 @ 09:12 AM
I'm surprised no one has mentioned bees.
Out here, in the middle of nowhere, I keep goats, chickens, 3 horses, 4 dogs and 5 beehives. There is a (very) feral kitty here too...dont know where
it came from. Between the cat, the 4 owls in the area and the hawks, the disease carrying, pantry raiding rodent population is kept in check.
Right now, I get my meat mostly from the market, (which is nearly 70 miles away) and each year I bag an antelope and an elk. There are many elk here,
and lots of antelope below my mountain on the flats. In a SHTF scenario, game will be my meat source.
If you plan on having a garden, bees will increase your harvest as well as provide yummy honey and useful wax.
As far as over-hunting goes, I doubt that will be an issue in my location, as A. most folks around here are ranchers; B. I am more than a tank of gas
from the nearest Metro area; and C. there are less than 500 people living within a 60 mile radius from me.
The most difficult animal to keep that I have are the horses. Their health needs, diet needs, care and maintenance is by far the biggest challenge. My
dogs are the next biggest hassle. But the benefits far outweigh the demands for both.