Do I really want to kill a deer? I mean, I’m not overly fond of venison. I’m not going to use the pelt. I WILL eat deer meat but more as both an obligation after killing and a practice for a self-reliant future.

I get to spend hours alone in Nature, which recharges my soul.

If I killed 2+ deer each year, how much money would I SAVE on meat?

If I buy all the gear most guys use to hunt, how much money will I LOSE on meat?

At some point, the gain has to exceed the expense. Otherwise I have a very expensive hobby. 

Why does it cost so much to do EVERYTHING? Land is expensive. Building a house is expensive. Owning chickens is expensive. Hunting is expensive. Farming is expensive. Grocery shopping is expensive. There has to be a line drawn where we decide to make due with minimal supplies or build our own accessories with minimal tools.

2 responses to “A Collection of Thoughts While Deer Hunting”

  1. I wonder how much per pound I’m paying for meet ……
    After buying the corn for the feeder
    driving 1 and half hours several times to get ready for the season
    Buying batteries and all other supplies
    Then take the deer to process.

    In the end it’s about getting outside of the city and enjoy nature!

    • I get that, Matt. You’re coming from a different place than I am. I never realized how stifled I felt until I moved into some land. Now I’m surrounded by my 40 acres and hundreds of wooded acres beyond our boundaries.

      I get the justification for an urbanite or suburbanite. They’re paying for an experience they don’t get almost any other way. But I don’t have to pay to hunt or lease a land or even drop corn. I literally walk down the path from my house and set up in a deer blind or my old goat shelter and it’s on! But I have almost no supplies other than thermal shirt and pants, good gloves, a rifle with scope, and ammo. Everything else is homesteader stuff. No camo or vests or hand warmers or cushioned seats or tree mounted chairs.

      I have to decide how much to buy to increase my chances of success without exceeding the benefit of the actual hunt. This for me is an exercise in sustainable planning.

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