Throughout history, humans have always hunted their own food. We are biologically meant to consume meat, and have ever since we have been a species. Unfortunately, most people no longer hunt to feed themselves or their families. Instead, they buy their meat from butchers, grocery stores, or farmer’s markets.
This can be dangerous because you don’t know where your meat came from, how long it’s been dead, or what chemicals it has been treated with. In recent years, hunting your own meat has been trending again. Celebrity chefs rave about it for several different reasons. Here are just a few benefits that you too can enjoy if you start hunting your own meat.
It Tastes Better
Farm raised animals are often pumped full of antibiotics and other chemicals to make them grow larger and faster. They also have poor diets because they are fed as cheaply as possible in order to maximize profit in the meat industry. These things affect the taste of your meat. Hunting it yourself on the other hand, will ensure that it tastes as good and natural as possible.
It’s More Humane
A common misconception is that hunters hate animals. Usually, the opposite is actually true. When you hunt, the animal is killed quickly and humanely. It has little time to suffer. But more notably than that, it got to live a natural life in the wild with plenty of room to roam free and eat what it wanted. Factory farms abuse animals in more ways than one, and helping can help you to no longer support that.
Uses The Whole Animal
When you kill and butcher the meat yourself, this allows you to use every last part of the animal instead of throwing much of it away. This means much less waste, which is a more ethical approach.
If recent years have taught us anything, it’s that unforeseeable circumstances we have never ever imagined can arise and being prepared for them is important, even if we think they’ll never happen. Knowing how to kill and butcher your own meat is a very useful skill to have in an emergency, and ensures that you nor your family will ever go hungry.
Keeps Everyone Safer
Believe it or not, thousands of deer and other wild animals are killed each year by cars. Although this may be a stretch for some people to believe, hunting actually helps to reduce that number, thus preventing accidents and making sure less road kill is wasted.
Hunting your own meat is a useful skill that is ethical, legal, and traditional. It is also a timeless hobby and is not going away anytime soon. With so many benefits, you may just want to give it a try.