Here's Why Meat Hunting Family Traditions Endure - Destination Whitetail, Full Episode
Hunting traditions are often passed down through families, and a common one is “filling the freezer” each fall.
Hunting traditions are often passed down through families, and a common one is “filling the freezer” each fall. The focus here is less on deer management and antlers, and more about meat hunting. This involves exactly what it sounds like: hunting strictly for the purposes of stocking up on nutritious and delicious venison. Find out more in this full episode of Destination Whitetail.
The reason this hunting tradition endures goes back to the earliest days of whitetail deer hunting. Back then, success in the deer woods equaled food security for a family unit or larger community. Critical hunting skills passed from one generation to the next out of necessity, and the potency of those lessons carried them through to today. Perhaps that’s where the phrase, “Don’t shoot what you don’t intend to eat,” originates. When there is only so much time, energy and resources that can go into hunting, it would seem foolish to practice anything but meat hunting.
Times have changed, and food options aren’t nearly as scarce, but meat hunters remain an important part of deer hunting. There are still hunters who head out each season with dreams of not the biggest antlers, but of the most generous body weights.
In addition to meat hunting, this full episode of Destination Whitetail also covers scouting with trail cameras, recommendations for deer hunting backpacks and an explanation of an arrow’s kinetic energy.