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This is why I keep the feeders going all year, plus it helps to maintain the local wildlife.

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Some times we get wild hogs going to the feeder as well. If SHTF, or eotwawki we will have a supply of fresh meat, at least for a little while.

The time is one hour off, its still set from last hunting season.

Another good source of fresh meat after SHTF will be wild hogs. If you know someone with hog hunting dogs, talk to that person about going hog hunting.

A 100 pound hog can provide a small family with enough meat to sustain them for several days.

One of the big benefits to wild hogs during a long term SHTF situation, pigs breed like rats. If you and your hunting buddies can catch a boar hog and a sow, then you have a sustainable source of fresh meat.


The problem with bringing a wild hog home from the woods, chances are its going to try and break out of the pen.


If the sides of the pen has tin on the sides so the hog can not see what is on the other side, chances are its not going to ram the tin.
 

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The biggest thing I learned when I was living in Montana was to NOT shoot the animals NEAREST your home that way if you ever needed them in a pinch they would be there... Although I will confess that a wandering Moose or two got lead poisoning (Bang!) while crossing our property (once during a blizzard).

So this is what we called keeping our refigerator stocked "on the hoof"
 

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Great article Kev... I wish we had the access to wild pigs around here. I do plan on raising fresh meet but also subsidising the skillet with wild game by hunting & trapping.
 

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I think the pigs are really worth investing in, breeding rates, they survive damn near anywhere, and tasty as well.
With in a few years of a true SHTF most of us will be happy to get a few mice from snap traps for the soup pot, or a few sparrows taken with the pellet gun. Enjoy your Bacon!!!! :)
 

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Living in Southern Illinois, I am darn glad we don't have wild hogs. I have a brother-in-law that lives in Texas who tells me he cannot have/grow anything without the hogs eating every thing in sight!
 

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This is ironic. I just did a video on pressure canning feral hog meat on a stovetec rocket stove. We trapped them and ground the meat:

 
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Just wondering how much meat you guys/gals eat on a daily basis? On average the wife and I only eat about 15 pounds a month. Sometimes less. Just interested to see the difference between us and some of you more carnivorous folk.
 

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One of my biggest concerns during a SHTF situation is the potential over harvesting of deer and other wildlife in my area. I wish I had the land to raise pigs and chickens.
 

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Depending on how many survivors there are, and how savvy they are locally, will depend on how much large game will actually be left. I would plan on getting used to opossum and snake meat. With no mass form of communication, how will you know that your neighbors down the hill are not blasting away deer and hogs like candy and the one you have your sights on could be the last in your area (The pioneers always thought there were more buffalo around the next bend because they didn't know that thousands of other settlers had the same mentality and were blasting away as well)? I agree that sustainable farming practice, such as raising your own herds, is the way to go.
 

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Just wondering how much meat you guys/gals eat on a daily basis? On average the wife and I only eat about 15 pounds a month. Sometimes less. Just interested to see the difference between us and some of you more carnivorous folk.
I'm a carnivore. If you count fish and birds as meat then I probably put away 15lbs worth all by myself in a week!
 

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Great article Kev... I wish we had the access to wild pigs around here. I do plan on raising fresh meet but also subsidising the skillet with wild game by hunting & trapping.
Well they tend to destroy crops and other plants that deer and more palatable game than wild hogs eat, but they can breed like rabbits and get by innearly any climate.Domestic pigs that escape/get released will grow hair and tusks ( although not quite as pronounced as true russian boar)
 

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Depending on how many survivors there are, and how savvy they are locally, will depend on how much large game will actually be left. I would plan on getting used to opossum and snake meat. With no mass form of communication, how will you know that your neighbors down the hill are not blasting away deer and hogs like candy and the one you have your sights on could be the last in your area (The pioneers always thought there were more buffalo around the next bend because they didn't know that thousands of other settlers had the same mentality and were blasting away as well)? I agree that sustainable farming practice, such as raising your own herds, is the way to go.
AKA anything that walks, crawls, slithers, or flys. Don't leave out growing stuff. Here in the middle of nowhere arkansas people raised food, ran cattle, and kept pigs, chickens, rabbits, turkeys, guinees, not to mention hunted and fished in their spare time, whatever they could do to survive.
 

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Hogs are excellent. Couple vids on YT also suggest around camp that possums keep on the hoof for a while. Can be accomplished with a paracord collar and a paracord "leash and run" similar to a cable run for a dog. Provide something for them to hide in and be aware they may need a stop on each end of the 'paracable' so they dont climb the trees its tied on.

***** and aggressive animals...probably not a good idea.
 

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If you have some sort of scrap food or seed that you can part with, you can continuously bait a certain area. Animals will continue to come there every day as long as there is food there. Then you don't need to worry about corralling them or confining them. You can go to that spot and set a trap or stake it out and shoot something whenever you want.
 
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