I mentioned in the first post in this series that many people are surprised to find out that I hunt. I actually love to hunt, it is one of my favorite things to do outdoors and something I look forward to every fall. Every summer we count down the days until archery season opens in early September. We typically don’t plan any meetings or events on weekends from September through November since we spend almost every weekend out in the woods hunting.
|Elk hair on the side of a fresh elk rub on a tree.|
6. Self-Sufficiency. There is a growing movement of people striving to become more self-sufficient. More people are raising their own produce by gardening and small scale farming. Everywhere I look there are articles and books about homesteading. Hunting and wild harvesting your meat is taking self-sufficiency to a whole new level. Being able to hunt, harvest and butcher your own game meat to eat throughout the year is an amazing experience. Numerous times throughout the year when we sit down to a venison supper, we enjoy talking about how fulfilling it is to be eating meat one of us harvested. We prefer to butcher our own meat when we can since this is more cost effective. I love how satisfied I feel after finishing the last cut of meat and packing it away in the freezer knowing I used as much of the animal as I could. It feels so gratifying to be self-sufficient. Nothing beats eating a meal of venison we harvested topped with homemade sweet and spicy plum sauce (click here for the recipe), a side of home grown green beans, homemade bread and a fresh tomato salad from the garden!
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