Part of living off the land is growing your own garden...another part of it is hunting. Hunting wild animals for food used to be a part of everyday life – for some it still is.
Hunting may not be for everyone, but it’s a part of our lives. Hunting is simply harvesting wild food, and we only harvest what our family will eat. Tony hunts for deer and elk every year - one deer and one elk will put enough meat in the freezer to feed our family for a whole year and be able to share some with family and friends.
Hunting for our own food also gives me peace of mind that the meat in our freezer has not been tainted by antibiotics, artificial hormones, pesticides, herbicides, or unnatural feeds that are not needed and are possibly harmful.
To hunt and butcher an animal is to recognize that meat is not some abstract form of protein that springs into existence at the grocery store tightly wrapped in cellophane and Styrofoam. Meat is life. It still astounds me how many people actually believe that the meat they buy at the grocery store...is just meat at the grocery store. They forget or choose to forget where it really came from – a living breathing animal. In order to appreciate that big slice of steak on your plate, I think you need to also know and appreciate where it came from.