How to Practice Hunting When You’re Not Hunting

small_5024908426Hi to all 72 Hour Bug Out Bag readers. My name is Red, and I author the RedneckSurvivalist.  I’ve been invited to write a blog post for this blog, so here it is, I hope you don’t get too offended.

I’ve said it before and I’ll said it again – if you’re a vegetarian you’re going to die. If I came off sounding like a jerk there, I’m sorry. I’m not trying to be a jerk (it just comes naturally).  Here’s what I mean.  It’s very easy to be ‘moral’ and eat only plants or plant products in our first world economy where you can’t turn a corner without a Whole Foods or someone throwing the newest dietary supplement in your face. If TSHTF it won’t be like that anymore. You survive by eating what’s available, and if you don’t or aren’t able to garden, scavenge, hunt and raise animals, your chances of survival goes right down the tubes.


Now, if you’re one of those people whose answer to the above statement is “animals survive in the woods by eating plants I’ll just eat what they eat!” I’m sorry, but all hope is lost. Humans cannot survive in the wild on plants alone; we are omnivores, no matter how much of a hippy you want to be.

Now, if TSHTF in one of those ‘really bad’ scenarios, 75% of the population living in cities will die.  That’s going to leave plentiful animals behind, as long as it’s not a disaster that affects them too. One of the most plentiful animals on the planet that is edible is BIRDS.  For some reason they reproduce very quickly, especially migratory birds.  Now, if you decide to hunt birds at this time, great.  But you are going to want to practice, and there are plenty of ways to do so at the right gun club.

So get your shotgun out and participate in the following:

Trap = Upland Birds

Trap launches the clays straight away from you at various angles, simulating you flushing out an upland bird like a pheasant or grouse. Also, it’s fun.

Skeet = Flying Birds

Skeet launches clays from either side, high and low, simulating a bird taking off or landing crossways. This includes ducks and geese and helps you lead and track to make sure your pellets are right on. Also, it’s fun.

Sporting Clays and 5 Stand


In these events, the clays can come from the side, far away, up close, from behind you, or towards you. It simulates waterfowl or flying birds in any way they might come and comes the closest to actual hunting – and it’s the hardest. Also, it’s fun.

Whichever you decide to do, it will teach you about the versatility of shotguns, how to aim and shoot, and mean you will be more likely to bring home the bird and waste less ammo – things that mean everything if you have to survive.

So get out there and find a shooting club and have fun while you are learning!

photo credit: Brother O’Mara via photopin cc

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