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Thread: Do Stalkers Need Butchers?

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    Do Stalkers Need Butchers?

    You can see there's a pretty hot debate on halal slaughter , got me thinking , do stalkers need a butcher / super market for meat ?, Im sure most of us here hunt in an ethical manner , if you also have access to boar and bird shooting you can have a varied meat diet and still hold your head high.

    I`m not currently able to do this myself but would like to in the near future, could you do it and be happy with your diet?

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    Happy to do it? Absolutely! Able to... no.

    I would happily replace any bought beef or lamb with venison equivalents and I'm sure wild boar would be a cracking replacement for pork. Chicken would be more tricky to replace.

    Opportunity, time and money (lack of, in all 3 cases) mean that's not possible for me though. But, if/when I get another deer it'll be much more appreciated (and better value) than the same quantity of supermarket meat.

    If you're situation allows though then it would be a no brainer I'd have thought. I envy the setup Muir describes with all his meat requirements met by his own hand. I suspect he's not spending much time at the meat counter in the local (is there one?!) supermarket.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Johno100 View Post
    You can see there's a pretty hot debate on halal slaughter , got me thinking , do stalkers need a butcher / super market for meat ?, Im sure most of us here hunt in an ethical manner , if you also have access to boar and bird shooting you can have a varied meat diet and still hold your head high.

    I`m not currently able to do this myself but would like to in the near future, could you do it and be happy with your diet?
    As above, I would love to be able to do this, but I simply don't have the opportunity to be able to - we (wife and dogs) eat a lot of rabbit and the freezer is stocked with venison, hare, rabbit, pheasant, pigeon, squireel, snipe and woodcock but it won't last until the season starts again and I don't have the opportunity to stalk often enough to get enough venison - I am doubling my efforts this year to find some local stalking of my own, probably only munties but then that would mean a lot less meat from the butchers.

    Chicken is easily replaced with rabbit loin - most people wouldnt know it was rabbit if you told them it was chicken as I often do.
    Last edited by Oscarsdad; 13-03-2014 at 14:25.

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    I think that in addition to the fact that most of us simply don't have access to enough quarry, there's the fact that hunting in all its' forms is an uncertain pursuit. I suppose that why we refer to "hunter-gatherers", rarely just to "hunters". We've all been through long periods of blanks for one reason or another, where you just can't connect with a deer, duck, rabbit or fish. You're using up a lot on energy on these fruitless (or perhaps "meatless") attempts. If you actually depended on them, the chances are it wouldn't work out. Essentially, it's probably not reliable enough.

    I'd be happy to give it a go though, if someone will give me an opportunity!

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    Been a long time since I bought anything other than chicken and bacon in a shop.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Mungo View Post
    Been a long time since I bought anything other than chicken and bacon in a shop.

    +1 I must admit if it was not for the missus I would not need to buy much. She will not eat what I shoot but I stand by her decision as she does not eat a lot of meat.

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    we eat as much as possible from my own shooting but i need piggy and lamb we do eat wild boar but for those that have not tried it it isn't the same as pork, it is very nice indeed but i do like crackling and the wife can't go without lamb chops, venison chops are again very nice but not the same, atb wayne

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    Quote Originally Posted by mereside View Post
    we eat as much as possible from my own shooting but i need piggy and lamb we do eat wild boar but for those that have not tried it it isn't the same as pork, it is very nice indeed but i do like crackling and the wife can't go without lamb chops, venison chops are again very nice but not the same, atb wayne
    We do the same, She's a keen organic vegetable grower and I do the protein. We get pheasant from one of the shoots we beat on and I make around 40/50 bales of hay a year which we swap with farmer friends for some beef and half a lamb. Mainly venison but rabbit and boar when I get lucky.

    Bacon, ham, speck and sausages (salami or pork and beef) are the occasional buy-ins

    Alan
    Last edited by Alantoo; 14-03-2014 at 20:55.

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    Happy not to buy super market meat and could easily do it .we have our own farm lamb and I could easily do without pork and get more than enough game and venison to keep me well stocked up .and will probably make more of an effort to cast a fly this year too for trout .off out for a rabbit tonight if its not too foggy !
    Norma

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    Quote Originally Posted by Pine Marten View Post
    We've all been through long periods of blanks for one reason or another, where you just can't connect with a deer, duck, rabbit or fish.
    I've never been out and not shot a rabbit. Ever. (some nights maybe a dozen on foot, one weekend 400 in the car after grass cut).

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