You’ll often hear that people don’t have as much moral dismissal toward hunting if the end goal is to eat what you’ve killed or captured. But then a big part of that equation becomes what kind of equipment do you need in order to do that killing and capturing. Sometimes better equipment will make the process easier, cleaner, quicker, or more humane, for instance. And the costs associated with sporting equipment in this area of interest vary widely, along with the skill required to make them work.
Five quick examples of this type of goal-oriented sports equipment include fishing rods, hunting rifles, hunting bows, animal traps, and hunting knives. Check out how each of those are roughly valued.
Many people will say there’s nothing like the taste of freshly-caught fish, especially if you catch it personally. The effort that goes into the capture, kill, and preparation of fish essentially makes it taste better, along with the fact that you know there’s no additional chemical preservation and the like. But to get those fish, you’re probably going to have to buy a good fishing rod. There are countless styles and types, depending on what kind of fishing you’re doing, so depending on your level of personal experience, either researching or asking people at stores is your best bet.
For those of you who want fresh venison, you’ll have the option to invest in a hunting rifle. Understanding that there are licenses to obtain and seasonal rules to follow, the joy of the hunt and the possibility of fresh meat to cook and eat brings many thousands of hunters to the woods every year, and can be a great meditative or bonding experience for groups as well.
For hunters who still want venison or other fresh wild game, but who want a more natural alternative than gunpowder, you can always check out hunting bows that suit your needs. They aren’t going to be as accurate or have as much range, but the idea that your hunting weapon is people-powered is a draw for many people. After the kill, you can look up ways to prepare venison that will make your mouth water!
For those with tastes that include wild rabbit, or even something like wild squirrel (tastes like chicken, right?), there are animal traps that you can buy to catch your prey. Some of these are live traps, while others are designed to kill.
And finally, the stage prior to eating this fresh meat will often involve some kind of cleaning, so purchasing a high-quality hunting knife that you can use to do cleaning and prep work is going to be necessary as well. Again, the pride that you take in the details work of this processing is going to make you appreciate the meal you get out of it more in the end.