With staple protein sources becoming expensive as FUCK nowadays I'm thinking of hunting small critters like squirrels, birds, cats and dogs for protein. I don't have a hunting license so I don't think it's smart to use my gun as it might draw attention. I'm thinking of setting traps and using slingshots and shit like that
I want to know:
how do you make sure an animal you caught is edible? I don't want to catch some squirrel disease
which animals taste best? which are easiest to catch?
any general tips on this approach?
The amount of effort involved in such a tiny catch is not worth it at all
If I set a couple dozen traps in my area it will be worthwhile methinks
If you're willing to eat rodents, just buy a couple guinea pigs and breed 'em.
Kids get bored with and give away their pet guinea pigs all the time, just wait for some to show up on Facebook/nextdoor/craigslist.
They'll eat hay and veggie compost.
Is it any efficient?
Guinea pigs are actually the most efficient protein source per square meter of space used.
Issue is they are cute and scream when killed so if you don't have the heart for it. You'll end up with 30 guinea pigs that you are emotionally attached too.
eat beans and peas bro or even grow them yourself its easy as fuck
you're just kidding right?
Peruvians eat them.
>eat beans and peas bro or even grow them yourself its easy as fuck
horrible sources of protein. More just a source of carbs
>you're just kidding right?
that's their entire purpose. They were domesticated for the same purpose as chickens minus the eggs
Why is it worse to eat a guinea pig who was temporarily loved by a child than a chicken who was despised by the mass meat farmer who put her in a 1'*1' cage?
The guinea pig probably tastes better for having been loved.
>Bill Gates buying up farmland
>rumors of USA companies buying Ukrainian farmlands
>Ukrainian grains flooding nearby countries, endangering livehoods of small-scale farmers
>Monsanto probably still doing the gene pollution scam
>prices still high
>heard an advertisement of dog food with bugs in it. In my slav country
>mayor of capital city shilling bugs
These fuckers are trying to stage a food shortages, aren't they? All so they could push for bugs for greater profits.
Oh, one more thing
>heard about registering chicken if you have any
>that means taxes
of USA companies buying Ukrainian farmlands
Ukrainian soil is one of the best soils on earth. Everything grows well in that black soil. highly valuable farmland. the Germans stole trainloads of it in ww2
Prolly they will use it to grow organic food for the rich while forcing common men to eat scraps.
And they want to put travel restrictions on people as well to "reduce Co2 emissions". So they will control where and how much you are allowed to travel. Its dictatorship down to the smallest detail never seen before.
If you want to eat them traps are a bad idea as the stress makes the meat taste bad. Just get a loicense and a 10/22 and shoot some on the weekend. It's good fun.
are there traps that don't stress em out but just like cut em in half immediately?
i can imagine a cage that's got a guillotine in it and if an animal steps in it it just gets popped clean af. Surely that won't be worse than shooting
also how difficult is it to get a license?
That's retarded, all the meat would go bad before you checked your traps.
surely there must be ones with a little camera or some shit
feelin like fucking einstein over here if that shit don't exist yet
>How difficult is it to get a license
Depends on where you live but in general if you don't have a criminal record it's pretty straightforward.
That's not how you do it. Just look at facebook marketplace and craigslist for people who want to get rid of pets like guinea pigs, litters of puppies etc. Usually they don't ask many questions and the animals don't have any diseases.
get yourself an instant pot, learn how to skin them, throw them in with potatoes, carrots and onions, let them stew for a while and there's no way it'll taste bad
Who let Isabella Janke have internet again?
this is how you end up with a meaningless death best remembered for your eulogy as a crazy squirrel guy in the local newspapers
>I don't have a hunting license
Get one, it's not hard.
>traps and slingshots
you need a loicense for those too, it's not the "gun" that makes hunting hunting, you will still face penalties if caught.
>how do you make sure an animal you caught is edible?
clean and gut it well, refrigerate the meat or hang it in a cool dark area as soon as you can after kill
>I don't want to catch some squirrel disease
no you definitely don't
>which animals taste best? which are easiest to catch?
big game, deer, elk, moose, etc tastes best. For small game squirrels and rabbits aren't bad but the amount of effort put into it kinda negates the benefits. I would get the hunting license and try to bag a deer every year it's a lot of meat.
I read a book about rabbit-farming once that made a lot of sense, you can keep a lot of rabbits in a small area, they breed like crazy, and give a lot of meat for low inputs. The only thing to be aware of is "rabbit-starvation" or protein-poisoning. Rabbits are so lean they are literally all protein and you can die if you only eat them. If you eat rabbit make sure it is with plenty of fats so you can digest the meat and not die.
This is by design. Make no mistake about it. They are trying to reduce Western people's intake of meat by making it more expensive trough shutting down farms.
how would that help them?
They think they are saving the planet by reducing Co2 emissions, and meat causes a lot of Co2 emissions supposedly. So to save the planet they reduce people's meat intake. They have just gotten started on this shit. Its about to get worse
This is really bad, we, the global citizens of earth must unite against this on all fronts
>Food is one of the biggest sources of consumption-based emissions in the world’s biggest cities
Action could cut greenhouse gas emissions from the food we eat by more than 60%, prevent 170 thousand deaths and $600 billion per year
>Cities, businesses, restaurants, farmers and citizens need to work together to help people cut their meat consumption by two-thirds, for example eating meat just two days per week rather than every day.
>Dairy consumption amongst Europeans is more than double healthy and sustainable levels. In North America, the average person eats 600 additional calories above the recommended healthy intake. By eating an average 2,500 kcal per person per day and reducing food waste, excess food production and associated emissions could be cut.
To achieve emissions reductions that are consistent with the limits in global temperature rise that scientists say are safe, will require the following changes:
Shift to plant-based diets
>Citizens consuming no more than 16kg of meat per person per year down from an average of 58kg by 2030. This includes 1.3kg beef, when currently the average citizen from East Asia consumes 13kg a year.
A target of 90kg dairy per person per year, down from C40 average of 106kg, or around 220kg in Europe.
Eating healthy quantities
Consumers limiting their daily food intake an average 2,500 kcal per person per day. North American citizens’ average calorie intake is reported to be over 3,100 kcal per person per day.
Reducing household food waste and supply chain waste by up to 100%
These actions would have wide ranging benefits in cities. Eating less red meat and more vegetables and fruits could prevent 170 thousand deaths per year in C40 cities, equivalent to $600 billion, based on the economic value of life. Reducing dairy intake could save 19 billion m3 of freshwater per year.
Consumption-based emissions including food, as well as construction, clothing, aviation, building and others, from nearly 100 of the world’s big cities already represent 10% of global greenhouse gas emissions. Without urgent action, those emissions will nearly double by 2050. The full findings were laid out in a major piece of research The Future of Urban Consumption in a 1.5°C World.
in times of war and famine people used to keep rabbits for food. seems like a pretty good deal. feed them grass and you get high quality protein. they also breed like rabbits
I always heard urban pigeons would make horrible meat on account of them eating literal garbage and all that
walking protein factories
Back in uni there was this one sick cunt who managed to keep around 10 chickens in his dorm. Easy peasy.
Ummm if you want to get sick that's a great way to go about it. God only knows what critters living in cities are infected with.
You could eat illegal immigrants. Nobody bothers looking for them. Human meat is supposedly very good. I have a fantasy in which I'm naked in the woods with my dogs and were cooking a mexican over an open fire and eating the meat together.
>I'm thinking of hunting small critters like squirrels, birds, cats and dogs for protein
Squirells are fine, but its a lot of work for a small amount of meat. Birds - Elaborate. Cats & Dogs - Surely you don't mean domesticated? Mountain Lion and Bobcat taste fine, but Coyote is awful. Wolf Hunting is mostly illegal
>I don't have a hunting license so I don't think it's smart to use my gun as it might draw attention. I'm thinking of setting traps and using slingshots and shit like that
Trapping still needs a license. Also, if you decide to trap, you have to check every day, there are 2 types of traps, live traps and traps that kill them or snares. Tractor Supply Co has some or you can probably buy on Amazon. Be careful, you never know what you're walking into. If you get a skunk for example. Just stay a long distance away and shoot it
>how do you make sure an animal you caught is edible?
You look up recipes for different wild game, this usually includes a lot of soups and stews since its easier to eat for lots of rodent type animals.
Be careful with rabbits, they have a parasitic worm in them, and typically you aren't supposed to eat rabbits until after the first frost of fall
>which animals taste best? which are easiest to catch?
I haven't trapped in years but squirrels and rabbits and opossums.
As far as easiest to hunt, probably deer since you just find their trail or some poop or a rub, and put up a blind or treestand and when they walk by you shoot them.
Wild Game food tasting rankings:
2) Venison (deer)
3) Wild Hog
6) Wild Turkey
Anything after that is meh and you're just lucky to get it down. I would say the worst thing I ever ate was Muskrat
Note: I've never eaten bear and I've only been out west once, but they have the best wild game, Alaska in particular.
thanks friend, i'll keep what you said in mind
>Birds - Elaborate.
like crows, pigeons, etc.
>Cats & Dogs - Surely you don't mean domesticated?
surely I do. Don't know anything about this kind of thing though, do they taste worse?
>Trapping still needs a license
well my point was that I'm just not gonna get caught. I think I'd get caught way easier if I took my gun out
Crows and pigeons are disgusting
Ducks Geese Pheasant and Turkey are good but you hunt them with a shotgun.
Cats & Dogs-okay, now I know you’re baiting. That’s illegal and disgusting. Even if it weren’t, I doubt they taste good. Mountain Lion is similar to pork. Coyote tastes like ass.
Just breed rabbits or chickens, moron. Why go through all that trouble just to eat some minuscule amount of squirrel or cat meat that probably doesn't even taste good?
yeah just do chickens or rabbits. Joel salatin has an open pasture method for this. You have a wooden frame enclosure he calls a "tchicken ractor" you kick to a new patch of grass once a day and throw in some food, after 60 days of this you have 500 lbs of chicken ready for slaughter..
>how do you make sure an animal you caught is edible? I don't want to catch some squirrel disease
They all are
>which animals taste best?
They all taste good when you're hungry
>which are easiest to catch?
Just lay a trap out and see
>any general tips on this approach?
Get a small animal trap like a havahart trap, trap vermin outside, take them into your house when no one is looking, and shoot them with an air rifle (lead shot) or .22lr suppressed pistol/rifle in your garage or basement.
Also in most states you have a legal right to kill any wild vermin that go on your property without a trapping/hunting license, short of endangered species/household pets.
I highly doubt OP is in the US or is actually serious
It's easier to just buy bulk buttermilk powder for protein anyways.