Only Hunting And Fishing For My Meat For One Year

   Hello, my name is Skylar, like most of you I grew up loving the outdoors. I can still remember the first time I accompanied my dad fishing. I was basically his shadow, trying to imitate him in every way, just in hopes of catching my first whopper of a fish. These memories are what shape us into who we become as adults. One of my favorite things to do as a child was, sit around the fireplace listening to my grandfather and father talk about their previous adventures they have been on. Some funny, some thrilling, and of course the times when nothing went right. I look back and think of the absolute joy it brought me to daydreaming of the adventures I would have on my own one day. Now as an adult I get out to fish and hunt whenever I have free time, but nothing like the stories I remember as a child. My grandfather always used to say how they never had to buy meat. Boy wouldn’t that be nice. Knowing exactly where your food comes from, spending less money on food that is readily available/convenient and eating what you really wanted to in the first place.

   As a hunter and fisherman, I will be the first to admit that my pride takes over whenever the hypothetical conversation comes up about the economic system crashing and all the people in cities going berserk, followed by lack of resources in stores and everyday marketplaces. I normally respond with, “I don’t need stores. I can catch, grow, and hunt for my food.” But let’s be honest here. When was the last time you went a whole year without eating out? Follow that up with, when was the last time you went a whole year only eating fruits and vegetables within the correct seasons? If you’re thinking to yourself, he has a point. Then we are on the same page. I plan to embark on a 365-day challenge to myself. Starting January 1st, 2019, I will clear out my deep freezer and only eat meat that I catch or hunt. Now because I also work and go to college I will not restrict myself from buying fruits and vegetables, however I will try to stick to correct seasons of such items. I also will not be eating out due to the potential of breaking my own rules. If I do, it will be for salads only.

   Now if you haven’t seen me, you wouldn’t know that over the years I have put on a fair amount of weight. So, I fully expect this to not be easy. As I joke with my Wife Nikki, I’m either going to get really fit, or be extremely successful. (aka: Fat and happy) This being said, safety comes first. I plan on getting a full blood workup prior to starting, along with one every 3-4 months. Just so I can keep an eye on my health. I would like to prove to myself that it’s not just a story my grandfather used to tell. On the plus side, everyone reading this will get the opportunity to experience the stories/ adventures along the way. I will include my game plan in more detail the closer it gets to New Years. I might even throw in a few stories that happen leading up to this embarkment. Stay tuned, and please feel free to give me feedback, tips, and tricks. I will be conducting this experiment in the state of North Carolina, If you happen to live here and would like to meet up for a hunting/fishing trip please let me know. I am always excited to gain new hunting/fishing friends.

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