Janie Leask of the First Nations Institute was on the radio yesterday. They got their hand out waiting for that 1200 bucks cuz they are worried subsistence food will be more expensive than store food.
I know everyone here is a subsistence hunter.....................right??? All those trophy mounts we see pics of are just secondary to the hunt..................right??? Anyway, what do you think, which costs more? I'm not talking just gas either. Tally up all you spend on hunting, equipment, guns, bows, toys(boats, ATV's etc.) clothing............etc., etc. Average it out over a few years. Now compare that to store bought food, meat that is. I don't mean the MOST expensive steak either. Assume you shop sales and buy intelligently. Figure what you spend per year on meat, or what you might spend if you bought all your meat at the store. Urban res, how much is a side of beef, cut and wrapped? Rural folks...........no fair using local costs if you can get it cheaper shipping it in.
Fun factor isn't a part of this. Just straight food cost, store vs. the field. Include fish too.
I'll go first. Except for an occasional lucky hunt, my hunted food costs considerably more than store food. Got plenty of toys and equipment. Participate in 2 or 3 large animal hunts each year. Small animal hunts fall and winter. Fishing may be about a break even deal tho.
I could possibly bring my hunted food costs down. Own less toys,but maintain them better (longer life). Optimize my hunting to local areas. Keep fishing down to only the most successful places and best times.
I'd say for rural res, it's a toss up. A guy could do it either way.
What do you say???