Originally Posted by SSGN_Doc
Adding hog to your harvest will help, pretty sure they can be hunted year round. Then spring turkeys.
There is a season for everything for a reason. People hunt hogs and deer in the fall because the game fattens up on acorns. Unless you have pen type traps for hogs so you can feed them out they will not taste so good in other seasons.
Corn is not cheap anymore. Just 10 years ago you could plant 40 acres of corn for under $500. Now fertilizer is around $800 a ton and you have to have your own equipment to deal with bulk fertilizer. Less than 10 years ago fertilizer was $180 a ton and the farm supply put the fertilizer out for you. You need corn to feed out hogs.
10% of hunters kill 90% of the deer. I hunt with clubs were we drive the deer with dogs. Every hunter has an equal opportunity to get shots. Every season it works out the same way, four or five hunters kill the deer, all the rest of the hunters are there to catch the dogs and tag the deer.
There are a zillion factors to determining where a deer will go. Most people want to go where the last deer was killed in that area. Unless conditions are exactly the same since the last time we hunted that area the deer will go somewhere else.
I killed my first deer at the age of seven. I have had seasons were I killed a limit in three states. I am not sure I can kill enough deer every year to survive. Do you think you can go from never hunted to sustenance hunter over night?
Then you have seasons like this year were no acorns fall. You won't want to eat those deer at every meal. The meat is dry and a lot of it is going to taste like grass. Right now deer are eating so much red winter wheat they all have diarrhea. Sounds appetizing doesn't it?
I would love to see you start hunting and pass the tradition on to your family. But hunting for sport and hunting for a living are two different animals. I would consider hunting for a living after 10 years of hunting for sport.