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The Fallacy of Hunting as a Survival Technique: “During a TEOTWAWKI Event, Game Animals Will Become Sparse”

by Mac Slavo, SHTFPlan:

SHTFPlan’s Note: You may have talked to family or friends about getting prepared. If so, chances are that at least a few of those people proudly exclaimed that they’d simply head to the hills and live off the land if the cities went up in flames. It’s a great idea, until you consider that thousands of other people are going to be thinking the same thing. Moreover, “the hills,” though not as densely populated as cities, are often inhabited by ex-urban and rural folk who will be entrenched, well armed, and not very willing to give up their land to hoards looking for food, water and supplies. Nonetheless, as Survival Blog contributor D.V. notes in the following article, if your plan is to hunt for your food without stockpiling anything in reserve, you may run into life-threatening shortages because those thousands of people heading out of major cities will inevitably put a strain on your resources.


Many people rely on wild game as a regular part of their diet. In Michigan, where I live, deer season is a holiday with schools and companies at minimal staff, as a healthy part of the population is out in the woods partaking in one of our oldest traditions. And like all great endeavors, some hunters are successful and some are not, depending upon skill, preparation, and just a little bit of luck. For those hunters who were able to kill a deer (if they are traditionalist), they are able to provide their families with meat. For some, this can be the majority of their meat throughout the year.

During our lifetimes, whether you’re a hunter or not, it is easy to recognize that the overall deer population has been steadily growing. In the news, there are occasional stories about the deer wandering into human dwellings or the suburbs who must have a culling (with the routine senseless protests) due to overpopulation. This deer population has been growing steady since the early 1900’s, starting from a count of under five million (including mule deer and blacktail) and growing to around a peak of over 40 million. Today it is estimated that there are approximately 35 million deer in the lower 48 states. The same population growth can be attributed to most wild game (aside from pheasants) due to good game laws and a civil populace that not only adheres to these laws but also actively promotes healthy game levels. Older hunters tell stories of not seeing deer for years. A generation ago, deer hunting was a greater challenge and as much about comradery and tradition as the hunt itself.

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4 comments to The Fallacy of Hunting as a Survival Technique: “During a TEOTWAWKI Event, Game Animals Will Become Sparse”

  • fonestar

    This is actually a very interesting subject. I live in a semi-rural area myself. I can tell you that “most people” are NOT going to be “heading to the hills to hunt game” when the grocery stores close.

    Even here, “most people” lack the tools and skills to hunt. And a lot of the people living out of town could be called hipster/fake bush people. Their homes are located in the bush but all of their food is brought in from major grocery stores. Quite a few of them don’t even own firearms. Not like the real bush people of past years. I suspect that many other areas its the same story.

    Even being out here in the country, I’m guessing that 5 – 10% of the local population has what it takes to sucessfully get game so I’m not too worried about running out of deer/moose/rabbit/squirrel/etc, etc….

  • petedivine

    Interesting thought about heading for the hills. I live in a rural mountainous region. My neighborhood is relatively affluent. Our houses sit on multi-acre lots on top of a mountain with large stretches of woodlands that are government controlled nature preserves. When I look around, I see people in their 50-70s (baby boomers). There are a bunch of aging hunters among them. I don’t however see a lot of younger (gen Y or Gen X) hunting enthusiasts. Certainly there are many, but it would appear that they are fewer in number then their boomer counterparts. I guess the idea of hunting is slowly being phased out of the culture.

  • glitter 1

    “The Fallacy of Hunting as a Survival Technique: “During a TEOTWAWKI Event, Game Animals Will Become Sparse”

    People will fight over “Road Kill”.

  • It’s a subject everyone should know. I’m a new hunter from Texas but I only hunt in acceptable lands.

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