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Game population at risk when SHTF?

Discussion in 'Preparedness & Survival' started by Markjz, Dec 15, 2010.

  1. Markjz

    Markjz Longview, WA Member

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    in the event SHTF how long will game populations last. I imagine most people who have not prepared will flock to the cities looking for government handouts.

    yet still I bet hunting activity will spike. how long can our deer and elk populations hold out?

    will the the city people stick to local cows and stray animals or get lost in the woods looking for food?
     
  2. Martini_Up

    Martini_Up NW USA Well-Known Member

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    City people think meat grows on trees, wrapped in plastic cartons hanging like apples. They'll drive right past a herd
    (or maybe stop to try to milk a bull) but never realize that it was a field full of t-bones.
     
  3. Markjz

    Markjz Longview, WA Member

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    oh god! "Look kids I got us some elk milk! should a seen the horns on it. but she didn't seem to mind.. seemed to enjoy it" "daddy I think the milk is gone bad already"
     
  4. raisersedge

    raisersedge backwoods Member

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    Realistically game and fish population will plummet to an all time low. There are to many people looking for food they wil eat anything they can find. Your pets deer fish and I am sure even trash fish and predators. My grandpa fed his family thru the depression on skunks.
     
  5. powersbj

    powersbj Seattle Area Active Member

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    If 10% of the population know basic hunting fishing and how to butcher that's well over 200,000 people in the greater Seattle area alone. You won't find a crab, seagull or kelp for miles a few days after the grocery stores empty.
     
  6. matt_w

    matt_w Hillsboro, OR Active Member

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    The wild game population declined dramatically during the great depression. It would probably be even worse if that were to happen today, due to a larger human population.
     
  7. MA Duce

    MA Duce Central Oregon Well-Known Member

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    Well if the hordes do come out to the country and food is tight.....meat is meat.
     
  8. moriarty689

    moriarty689 Oregon New Member

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    Meat is meat...

    I think we covered the answer to this in the infamous Cannibalism thread. A nice tender, organic fed, office kept human... hmm :club:
     
  9. MA Duce

    MA Duce Central Oregon Well-Known Member

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    Must have been before I joined....Keeping city folks in a cubicle and feeding them rich food...isn't that how they prepare Kobe beef???
     
  10. Cougfan2

    Cougfan2 Hillsboro, OR Well-Known Member

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    Time to dust off the old "Donner Party Cookbook" Maybe have a little Rack of M'am. :D
     
  11. Dyjital

    Dyjital Albany, Ore Flavorite Member Bronze Supporter

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    Vegetarians taste the best.

    I guess it depends where you live. I don't mind rabbits, nutria and the occasional neighbors cat that wanders too close... "it was runnin' straight fer me and I was skared for my familize lifs so I had to shot it..."
     
  12. coctailer

    coctailer Portland, OR/Hastings, MI/Vancouver,WA I run with scissors.

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    Animals will be gone in a couple days.

    Store up canned goods.
     
  13. BroncoFan

    BroncoFan Eastern Oregon Well-Known Member

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    I'm sure the wild game population will plummet but how many of the folks in the city have more than a tank of gas to get out of town? How many would be tempted just to pop a "slow elk" (moo) that's standing at the side of the road?
     
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    BigCat Portland Member

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    How is the average person going to store this meat once they have it? I'm willing to bet less than 30% of the city population knows how to store meat without a freezer.
     
  15. Decker

    Decker My house Active Member

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    Smoke em' if ya got em' :)

    -d
     
  16. Markjz

    Markjz Longview, WA Member

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    o_O do we have any good smoking wood here? I hear evergreen smoke can make it toxic
     
  17. hsullyc

    hsullyc North coast,Nehalem,OR Member

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    Maple.Apple...Out here on the coast we use green vine maple,it's everywhere...
     
  18. Wenis

    Wenis Tri-Cities, WA Member

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    Maybe some MENicin :bluelaugh:
     
  19. Decker

    Decker My house Active Member

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    Oh sheesh, that's good to know, never heard of that before (have never used evergreen either)

    -d
     
  20. absoluterik07

    absoluterik07 Salem, OR Member

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    Did nobody else get this?! Hilarious! You sir, have won for funniest post on this thread!