How to hunt deer for the beginner, what kind of gear you need to hunt deer, where do you hunt deer? Author Jackson Landers., author of The Beginner's Guide to Hunting Deer for Food (Beginner's Guide To... (Storey))
talks with Eric about hunting deer for food.
"Hunting deer is the most inexpensive, environmentally friendly way to acquire organic, grass-fed meat. Even if you’ve never held a gun before, author Jackson Landers can show you how to supplement your food supply with venison taken near your home. He addresses everything a new hunter needs to know: how to choose the correct rifle and ammunition, how to hunt effectively and safely, and what to do if something goes wrong. He includes chapters on field dressing and butchering after the kill, recipes for using the meat, and a chapter on the politics and psychology of hunting. Whether you hunt to be more self-sufficient, to eat the safest and most nutritious meat possible, to protect the environment, or to save money, this book is the perfect guide."
Deer Hunting can be an emotional topic for some of us. My thinking here was to allow you all to get into the head of a hunter who is very grounded. Jackson hunts deer to put meat on the table for his family, teaches deer hunting classes, and has been featured several times in the New York Times, and has been hosted by Slow Food groups to talk about deer hunting, and how to cook venison.
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I have bought his book and am signed up for his class Oct 29-30. The main reason for taking the class is to have some first hand experience in gutting, butchering and skinning the deer. I'm confident I could shoot a deer, but then what? Hopefully his class will give me the confidence of what to do next.
Eric Gunnar Rochow
i would like to take the class too. a bit too far away for me. but many have the same questions of what to do after you down a deer.
In reference to hunting on-the-cheap, but with a treestand: You can get a good climbing stand for around $150 and there is no need for ladders or tree spikes. I wouldn't be in a stand without a safety harness, and a harness can be purchased for about $50. This stand is portable and fairly cheap. Of course, I suggest practicing multiple times before taking it to the woods. I also don't recommend hunting alone, whether on the ground or in a tree.
When you're hunting in a smaller area or on public land, being in a stand allows you to sharpen the trajectory to make you're bullet path more safe. It also puts you in a less exposed area in case a neighbor or other hunter is not as safe with their trajectory.
Just my thoughts with being safe as well as cost effective.
Eric Gunnar Rochow
@brian, i may try out a deer stand this fall, def going to get a blind. will try to buy it early hopefully on sale.
i had breakfast with Jackson Landers last month in BKLN, he suggested not to wash hunting clothes in regular laundry detergent, as it has UV enhancers that make you glow in a deer's eyes, and it has perfumes in it.