I am living the dream and moving up to AK from Connecticut (in two weeks actually).
I am very interested in hunting and processing meat.. however.. I don't know what I'm doing. I grew up with a girly-girl mom who thinks camping is a 3 star hotel.
I have some guns, but have never gone hunting and I won't until I feel confident about respecting the animal that I kill by using the gifts it has given me in that kill.
I don't have brothers, cousins, uncles or a dad to teach me.. but I really want to learn. How does one go about learning this stuff without the stigmata of being a chick wanting to play in the outdoors? I am very serious about this.
I have recently taken some primitive trapping and baiting courses with the Tracker School from Tom Brown in New Jersey. I was thinking of starting small (rabbits) and working my way up to become familiar with the anatomy of an animal. Plus I still have to get all my licenses anyway for hunting.. so I have time.
I would love suggestions and help.
I have a dream to become self-sufficient. I now have a log cabin with a greenhouse.. but I like meat. It's tasty. Help me please!