I like using common sense when thinking about how we should live our lives. I like taking clues from nature to decide how I live my life, what we eat, how we should move, and how we act. That’s my true passion really, how we should be living as wild humans and taking clues from nature to accomplish this.
Last year, my son was lucky enough to draw a Nevada Elk Tag. I like using hunting experiences on how we should live. All the different steps align well with how we should live.
The first part is the planning, we spent several hours in the field looking for animals and trying to predict where they would be located in a few months. We hiked several miles, collaborated, and developed hunting strategies. All very primal human activities, it supports many of the social aspects of living. We got a lot of exercise and vitamin D in the process as well. I am also passing on how to hunt to a younger generation. He will take comfort in knowing he can provide some of his food without going to the mega-mart.
A typical day of hunting involved 6 to 12 miles of hiking per day (9 days) in the freezing cold 8 to 20 degrees on average in the morning (a few nights were below zero). Many times, we would need to move fast others we would move slowly and let our eyes cover the distance. We never harvested and elk on the trip, but we had several opportunities. If we harvested an elk a lot of work would have been involved, in field dressing and the packing out several hundred pounds of delicious meat. We did harvest a deer last year, however, but it required much less work. There was still a lot of hiking, planning, and packing involved but deer are not nearly as large as an elk.
Fulfilling the 10 Primal Blueprint Laws
If you follow Mark Sisson’s Primal Blueprint, as I do. Hunting covers the 10 laws fairly well.
- Law 1 Eat lots of plants and animals. What’s more primal than taking comfort in knowing that the animal you are going to harvest and eat is probably one of the cleanest, healthiest, pure protein sources available. There’s nothing more organic, free range, and grass-fed out there.
- Law 2 Avoid Poisonous things. This is defiantly not a poisonous food item. No antibiotics, hormones, seed oils, or grains involved here.
- Law 3 Move frequently at a comfortable pace. Between elk and deer hunting you will hike over 100 miles easily through the season, this pretty much covers law 3.
- Law 4 sprint once in a while. When you need to close the distance for a shot, you’re going to cover some ground fast at times.
- Law 5 get adequate sleep. Hours of hiking and looking make you tired and you sleep like a baby.
- Law 6 Play. What’s more fun than spending quality time in the outdoors? Joking around, and making jabs at each other. Outdoor trips are just plain fun.
- Law 7 Lift heavy things. If you have ever field dressed and packed out an elk or deer, this one is easy to understand. A bull elk weighs 700 to 800 pounds, and a mule deer 150 to 300 pounds that’s a lot of heavy things.
- Law 8 get adequate sunlight. Driving around with the top off your Jeep and hiking around scouting your hunting spots, you get lots of sun exposure.
- Law 9 avoid stupid mistakes. When you make that choice should I walk around that cliff or climb it, and you decide to walk around it Law 9 fulfilled.
- Law 10 use your brain. This goes back to the planning phase of the hunt and developing strategies. You also need to solve problems mid-hunt and adapt to conditions that nature gives you.
What if I don’t Hunt
Hunting is not easy. Not everyone can do it, have access to do it, or the resources. You can still follow the 10 Primal Laws, Mark has made them simple enough that a Cave Man could do it. I have a few other tips to help you along the way.
Use Your Imagination.
When you’re out taking your walk around the city park, neighborhood or you’re out hiking, put yourself in the mind of our ancestors. Ask questions like, how would I survive what would I eat, and I’m not talking about the Trader Joe’s up the road. I’m talking about the Robin that just landed in that tree up ahead. Ask yourself these questions.
- how would I catch that bird?
- Where would I sleep?
- How would I start a fire?
- Where’s the nearest water source?
- What if I run out of food?
Have fun with it, and the real point here is to get closer to your wild side.
Go to your local Farmers Market.
Going to the farmers market is a great way to get closer to your food sources. When you buy that pack of 100% grass-fed ground beef, wouldn’t it be nice to know where, and how it lived? Here are some questions to ask your purveyors at the farmers market.
- Do you use any pesticides, herbicides, antibiotics, or hormones, if so, how often?
- Where are you located?
- What other animals and plant foods do you grow on your farm?
- Can I have a tour of your farm?
The point here is to get to know the person that is providing you food and get to know your food. If you don’t hunt it, you should know it. If you start building a good relationship with the farmer they will go above and beyond for you.
As you can see, hunting really is a very human thing to do. If you’re fishing, gathering berries, or just taking a walk in the city park it will get you more aligned with your wild side. Use your imagination and walk in the footsteps of our ancestors. So, get outside no excuses, its good for you.
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