Are You Missing this Key Self-Reliance Skill?
Fall is officially here. And hunting season is in full swing in many states.
If you’ve never hunted before, I’m here today to give you several reasons why you should consider joining the ranks of hunters all across the nation.
Not only will hunting teach you a number of very practical skills, it will also put you in touch with that primitive survival drive that every human has. Being able to tap into that is invaluable in any survival situation. And it’s like any muscle. The more you exercise it, the more responsive it will be. Hunting is a safe, productive way to get that sort of practice in.
Plus hunting can deliver big benefits to your wallet … and to your overall health.
Four Valuable Skills You’ll Learn From Hunting
One of the most important skills for any hunter is the ability to shoot. If you can’t handle a gun safely … if you can’t aim and hit your target, you won’t make much of a hunter.
Now, it’s true you can learn to shoot at the gun range. But that’s a bit different. Shooting at a target is good practice, don’t get me wrong. But shooting while on the hunt involves a higher level of skill because you’re dealing with an unpredictable, living creature.
In addition to shooting, you’ll also learn all about taking proper care of your rifle. Everything from cleaning it to making sure it is properly sighted. Going hunting gives you an extra incentive to master these important skills.
Hunting can also give you the opportunity to put into practice a variety of outdoor survival skills. If you camp while hunting, you’ll learn how to build a fire, you’ll learn the best places to bed down for the night, and you’ll learn how to deal with mild injuries away from medical care or your bathroom’s well-stocked first aid kit. You may even learn some orienteering and tracking skills—both can be lifesavers if you ever get lost in the woods.
Finally, hunting will get you familiar with cleaning and dressing an animal after you’ve brought it down.
3 Big Benefits of Being a Hunter
The advantages of learning to hunt don’t stop at developing valuable skills. You’ll enjoy three big benefits when you become a hunter.
First, you’ll be introducing a source of healthier food into your diet. When you hunt, you get a much more natural source of protein. Deer, elk, and wild birds aren’t pumped full of hormones and antibiotics. They aren’t raised on genetically modified feed. Every season you go hunting, you do a good turn for your health.
Hunting can also do a good turn for your wallet. If you bring down an elk, for example, you can expect to get two hundred pounds or more of meat. That’s a lot of meals’ worth. And depending on the license and tag fees where you live, you could spend less than a hundred dollars to procure that meat. That’s fifty cents a pound or less!
The health benefits and potential savings you’ll enjoy as a hunter are both good reasons to consider learning to hunt.
But the biggest benefit comes from the boost you’ll get to your self-reliance. If you know how to hunt, even if there is a massive breakdown in society … if the dollar collapses or the power grid shuts down, you will always have a viable way to put food on the table. That alone is reason to learn to hunt.
Getting Started in Three Steps
Becoming an accomplished hunter takes more than just a few steps, obviously. There’s a lot to learn. But you really can start down the path in just three easy steps.
First, start reading everything you can about hunting. Field & Stream magazine is a good resource. Outdoor Life is another magazine worth checking out. You can also find a lot of information about hunting online and at your local library.
Next, get familiar with your state’s laws when it comes to hunting. When is hunting season? (It may differ for each animal.) How much do tags and licenses cost? Where is hunting allowed? What special restrictions do you need to know about?
Finally, seek out a friend you know that is a hunter and ask them if you can join them this season. Let them know what you know and what you don’t know and what you hope to learn. And then jump in with both feet. If you don’t have any friends who are hunters, try joining a club that caters to hunters. You may find someone there who is willing to show you the ropes.
Hunting is a valuable skill that offers long-term self-reliance while also delivering health and financial benefits right now. So why not make this hunting season the season you become a hunter?