If you are a city rat with a bone-tiring routine, who wants to do something to takes their mind off work problems then camping will provide you just the break you need. But camping and eating packed food while being so close to Mother Nature will kill the real essence of camping. If there is a stream or lake near your campsite, you can try fishing. If not then one can always hunt for food, just like our ancestors.
You do need a few things with you if you want to capture game animals (like elk, antelope, and deer) without bearing any legal or physical consequence. First, you will need a Hunter Education Certificate and a hunting license, because poaching (illegal hunting) is a punishable crime. A survival kit, first aid kit, and hunting apparel are must-haves for this activity. You also need to choose your hunting equipment, many use firearm but professional hunters prefer hunting knives.
Do an in-depth internet search about hunting knives before buying one. Choose wisely from the hundreds of options and make sure the hunting knife you are buying is sharp enough to serve its purpose. Don’t buy a folding knife as they are considered safe and unreliable because of their moving design. Get yourself a fixed blade/full tang hunting knife such as a Ka-Bar Becker BK2 Campanion Fixed Blade Knife or a Gerber Bear Grylls Ultimate Serrated Knife, the former is considered the best hunting knife available in the market under $100.
Now that you have picked your weapon of choice, it’s time to move towards the step-by-step guide on how to have the perfect barbecue in the woods while utilizing the resources of nature.
- Before going camping, pack some food items to lure the prey into the trap. Hunters attract game animals with the food’s strong scent. Make sure to carry airtight zipper bags to dispose of the bait items once you get done with them.
- Once the animal is in your reach and close enough to attack, take a good look at it. Assess the animal for any sign of possible deformity or disease. If it doesn’t look healthy enough, then it’s best to send it back. On the other hand, if it looks okay then you must make your move to hunt it, immediately and tactfully.
- After killing the animal, you must skillfully skin it too. You can do it with your Ka-Bar Becker BK2 Campanion Fixed Blade Knife because its full tang blade gives you more control by adding strength to the blade’s tip. The lowered drop point of the knife will help you avoid accidentally nicking the internal organs of the animal while skinning it.
- Once you are done removing the fur and skin, wash the meat with water. Then remove excess fat from the beef/lamb/venison with the help of the hunting knife. Eliminate the veins too and make sure to drain all the blood from the veins.
- After cleaning, cut the meat into parts and marinate it with the oil and spices, you brought from home. You can search for some fresh herbs (thyme or rosemary) near your campsite. Add some pumpkin into the mix if you prefer extra tender meat. Leave the marinated meat for 2-4 hours.
- Meanwhile set up your portable grill and start a fire for it. Let it heat.
- Place your meat on the grill.
- Since medium-sized leaves are the perfect substitute for a greasing brush, use one or two leaves to grease your meat with cooking oil. Let it cook and keep turning it to avoiding burning.
- Check the meat to see if it’s cooked, but if you are a person who has a problem with telling the doneness of meat, then it is preferable to use a meat thermometer.
- Take the cooked meat off the grill. Serve it on a disposable plate and enjoy your perfect afternoon while savoring the fruit of your hard-work.