Whenever you are getting ready for something, you should have a clear end goal in mind. If you are preparing for hurricane season you’ll have a different list of to-do’s than if you’re preparing for potential winter snowstorms. A lot of things come into play when you are preparing for a specific type of disaster. Your geographical location plays just as big a role as your skill set does.
In United States, many people hunt. Because of this, they have the ability to obtain meat when there are no stores available. This is both good and bad. What I mean is, are you going to rely on your hunting abilities to feed yourself and/or your family when something happens, or will you save and store food just in case?
If you choose the route of not storing food, you’ll need to plan out your arsenal. How much ammunition you will need, the types of guns and their uses. Also, something you might want to take into consideration is, are you bugging out or staying put? This will greatly change your choices. You might opt for a .22 rifle versus a 30-06. If you are heading out, you may want to think about a .22. Some of the reasons might be:
- Ammunition weighs less so you can carry a lot more.
- You are mobile so you are less likely to have the need for larger game like a deer. Smaller game is easier to process, cook and store while moving.
- Inexpensive ammunition when you can find it.
Another great general purpose weapons been bugging out is a shotgun. Sure the ammunition is a little heavier but you can use a shotgun for just about everything you might need ranging from hunting to self defense. Some good reasons for a shotgun might be:
- Numerous barrel configurations.
- Lots of different ammunition types.
- Readily available ammunition.
- Can be used for just about any purpose.
If you are going to be stationary or bugging in, you have the luxury of larger caliber weapons and ease of storing large amounts of ammo. Now you will need to decide what you’re main focus for the gun(s) will be. Will you be using them to guard your stored food? Will you be hunting for your food? Some reasons for a larger caliber rifle:
- Ease of hunting large game.
- Greater penetrating rounds if needed.
- Larger game means more meat and less regular hunting is needed freeing up time for other things.
Now let’s take a look at the other side of the spectrum. If you were to store food instead of relying on your hunting skills, you will need space. Depending on what you are preparing for and how long you think you will be on your own for, this could be anywhere from a single shelf in your pantry to a spare room in your basement.
Some of the reasons you may want to store food instead rely on hunting:
- You can easily see how much food you have so it is easier to ration your food supply if needed.
- Store things you like ahead of time versus what you can find.
- Easier to plan for special dietary needs.
- You’ll have peace of mind knowing you have one less thing to worry about.
When you are bugging out, the decision of how much food and water to carry will come into the picture. Carrying a lot of supplies will be heavy and burn up much needed energy when on foot.
I would recommend a combination of the two. I would recommend storing a good amount of food. A month to six months worth or more would be a good idea. Also, get yourself something to protect your home and food storage in times of crisis. When things get bad, people get ugly and do things they wouldn’t normally do. If you have a good amount of food stored up and no way to protect it, who’s stopping someone from coming into your place and taking it?
Having something like a shotgun and various ammunition and barrel types will allow you to protect yourself as well as supplement your stored food with fresh meat from your hunt.
In a perfect world you wouldn’t need to decide on one or the other. The thing is, it is better to be prepared than hungry because you didn’t prepare or have a way to protect your hard work.