To me this is the true litmus test of Paleo. Some of us are natural born due to genotype Hunters and really would kill an animal for food in order to survive.
I must admit, I would only likely kill a rabbit, squirrel, deer etc-- not sure if I could shoot a cow or a buffalo but I suppose in a pinch I would. I am just a girl afterall. :---)
If you won't kill, why are you on this diet?
Sure. My husband hunts so I haven't done the killing part - yet, but I demand he bring the whole animal home so I can use as much of it as possible. Lots of birds - geese, duck and pheasant. In the next few weeks I am going to slaughter and butcher a lamb my friend raised for us. I cannot say I am looking forward to the slaughter one bit. But since I want to eat his shanks very much I guess I am going to have to go through with it. I'll let you know how that turns out.
Without any hesitation. My husband's a hunter, both bow and rifle, and I've butchered my share of game. The only thing keeping me from going hunting with him now is that I prefer to spend my non-job time in the studio. If life were to get less cushy, I'd go get my dinner the old-fashioned way, no problemo.
I've never been in a "survival" situation per se. Ya know, "have to" kill to live.
But where I'm from hunting (or harvesting animals) is a normal part of the rhythm of our lives. It's seasonal. We don't go around "killing" for kicks...at least not the majority of us.
Anything I've ever killed, I've cleaned (dressed) myself. Took it to a local processor and "lived" off the meat for months.
From my perspective, it would be almost second nature to take the life of an animal for food (with my own hands). I think if you go to any butcher, any market, any ranch, any grocery store, etc. to buy your meat, you should also be willing to harvest the animal yourself.
I almost think it's a bit hypocritical for someone to eat meat their entire lives and pay someone else to do the harvesting...but not ever be willing to harvest the animal themselves.
Absolutely, the buck hanging in my garage who was standing on a hillside a mere 4 hours ago can attest to that. I thought that blood type stuff was quackery? Although I'm type O like almost every Native American is I know a lot of natives who don't hunt at all. Don't get me wrong there is definitely a higher percentage than the general population, however I think that has as much to do with the rural lifestyle and high rates of poverty that makes it a necessity rather than genetic predisposition. I think there are no limits to what people will do when there are few alternatives.
Only reason I would hesitate to kill larger animals is because I've never done so before. I think that is a normal view as a petite female....... I am most definitely the Hunter genotype; everyone in my family hunts. However even my younger sister has never actually shot a deer; her husband does all the hunting. She is capable of tearing anyone to pieces verbally though........
Have killed my own meat for food, but only domesticated. I would hunt, if I could hit anything, but unfortunately, I have zero coordination when it comes to shooting stuff. Couldn't hit the broad side of a barn with tank. OTOH, I'd have no problem being there to skin/gut/apportion the kill, and would be happy to handle smoking, drying, and cooking the meat (and, with some refresher practice, tanning the hides -- haven't done that in 30 years!)
I had to kill a mouse once (for a pet snake) and it was pretty traumatizing. I have gone hunting with my dad on several occasions, and, in spite of no lack of trying, we've been "skunked" (didn't see any deer, nothing to do with skunks) on 4 consecutive occasions. Ironically, he has had success whenever I'm not with him, so maybe the deer know something I don't (either that I am harmless or that I am in fact a deadly hunter).
P.S. I'm assuming that fish, reptiles, and invertebrates don't count and we're talking about warm-blooded "harvesting".
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