In my years I have come across several people who think they are prepared for SHTF, but sadly arenâ€™t. When your plan for feeding yourself relies on grabbing ole Betsy and heading into the woods to kill yourself a dear, you are most likely going to be sorely disappointed.
Even if you plan on existing on small game, you will run into several problems. Now before you jump down my throat, I am specifically talking about those who fail to store food and plan to specifically rely on trapping and hunting for food.
The first problem you will likely encounter is that you are not the only one who thinks that way. Everyone and their brother will be trying to feed their family. After a while things will get desperate and they will start shooting at anything that moves.
You think hunting season is bad now, just imagine people who have little to no hunting experience crowding into the woods in search of game for their table.
Population Density / Depletion
One of the major problems with this attitude is the number of wild animals available in your area. Sure you might see rabbits and squirrels every time you go for a walk in the woods, but how many of them will it take to keep your family fed?
Soon they will be cleaned out and there will only be the occasional animal wandering through. Even in areas of high population density there will be other problems.
One thing many people donâ€™t think about is that in many cases you burn more calories pursuing game animals that they provide when you get them. Of course if you do kill yourself a boar you are set for a time. But what happens when that is gone?
A Better Idea
There are a couple better ways to collect game than actively hunting. They are trapping and fishing. You can set out long lines of traps and fishing rigs, and then check them everyday to pick up your supple of food.
When using a trap you donâ€™t have to be there at the same time ass the animal. You will still carry a firearm if possible and take any game that you happen to see while running your trapline.
There are much better ways to feed yourself in SHTF, that donâ€™t require all your time like hunting does. Learn to fish and trap, and you will be better prepared.