In modern society, since it is perfectly functioning, we can go down the street to get food. Obviously, when society is in disarray, this will not be possible. The following article will explain tactics and fundamentals of hunting in a post apocalyptic world.
After the human population rapidly declines, many different species will grow exponentially in the absence of human action. This will be very good for the survivors and preppers who need to eat. Depending on what part of the world you live in, many different species of animals will be readily available to hunt. Although deer are one of the most sought after hunting animals, they do not offer the optimum amount of meat for the effort put into the hunt. The best animals that will provide the most meat at large animals such as buffalo, elk, bison, pigs, and moose. Each animal can easily feed a family of 3-5 for more than a week.
You must also consider what kind of weaponry you have. Obviously you cannot go hunting elk or moose with a 22. Pick a large caliber rifle such as 308 NATO or 30.06. These will be very effective at taking down big game. For those that live in areas where big game is not very sufficient. Rodents are a huge source of food for a prepper. Not only are rodents dense in population, but they require a lot less powerful weapons to hunt them. A good example is using an air rifle to kill a rabbit or a squirrel. Rabbits and squirrels are a good meal and if you’re using an air rifle or a 22 long rifle cartridge, they are well worth the bullet.
For preppers that don’t have the sufficient weapons to hunt with, trapping is another favored method to acquire rodents. Some good traps include the cage trap which can be bought at a lot of stores and online for a cheap price, snares, which are just sequences of knots and rope, and net traps which require a net a weight and a rope. Either of these methods will be effective at hunting small game.
Another obstruction when hunting is lack of refrigeration. Once an animal dies, almost immediately insects will try to feed off the animal, especially in hot and humid weather. This is one reason not to hunt large game in summer time. How ever there are remedies to this problem. One is to cut the meat up and store it in a salt pile, which will keep it dry and keep bacteria and bug away from it. After putting the sections of meat in salt you can store it in barrels. Another way is to start immediately smoking the meat on a fire which will naturally keep bugs away as they will burst into flames if they come too close to the flames.
Many considerations go into hunting in post apocalyptia. Make sure you have sufficient weapons to hunt, or if not, sufficient trapping mechanisms as well as a way to store the meat once it is harvested.