Hunting for a Life of Subsistence


We are migrating towards a subsistent life, obtaining 100 percent of our food from what is provided by the backwoods. Hunting is a necessary part of this lifestyle for us on the homestead. Many choose to forgo meat and maintain a vegetarian diet through gardening and foraging. They aren’t comfortable with hunting or raising livestock to be used as a food source. I witness debates about the cruelty of hunting, not only with other homesteaders but in the writing and blogging world and people we meet in general. Research has proven that providing your own meat as well as helping to control predators is far more humane than factory-farm practices. The end result is a healthier meat supply you can rest easy with, knowing the animal had a healthy life and was put down in a clean and far less painless manner as compared to what you end up with at your local grocer.

We are a family that's in the woods all year between the various wild game and fishing seasons. Someone in the family is always reaping the benefits of our life of subsistence, including exercise, healthy food, time in the woods and a bond with family.


My backwoodsman has lived his life hunting, fishing and trapping. His primary loves have always been deer and turkey hunting. This has changed in recent years with the introduction of feral wild hogs in our region. He now spends a great deal of his time working with dogs he has trained for baying and catching hogs. It is a unique sport, as knives are preferred over guns for harvesting, primarily to keep the dogs safe while catching the hog. He is in the woods all year with the addition of his hunting sport to his interests, and we are lucky to have ample stock in the freezer as a result.



3/2/2015 11:12:22 AM

Why is hunting and foraging for your own food "a Life of Subsistence"? Perhaps you mean self-sufficience? "Subsistence" is barely getting by with the minimum required for survival.

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