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Feeding your family by hunting and fishing

One of the nice things about being married to an avid outdoorsmen is our freezer is always full of meat and fish.  We have mostly venison from the fall hunting season and fish from the spring and summer months.  It isn’t enough to feed us everyday, but it is plenty enough that has saved us a substantial amount on our grocery bill.

I rarely talk about hunting and fishing on this blog and I’m really not sure why.  Hunting and fishing can be a great part of living a frugal lifestyle.  Not only has it provided meat for our table but it also has provided us with enjoying time together.  Sure you can spend a ton of money and both sports, but you can also find ways to keep those cost to a minimum. When it comes to deep sea fishing, it’s best to invest in compact and travel-friendly fishing gear so you can take it with you wherever you and your family go for vacation. The best travel fishing rod is one that takes into consideration the portability and puts your convenience at top priority.

Kristine and I take part in a lot of online outdoor communities and a big part of what we talk about is getting kids outdoors and back to nature.  I remember when I was a kid, I knew a lot of kids that enjoyed hunting and fishing and each of them has their own weather proof hunting backpack.   These days it isn’t as popular as it once was.  Most kids these days would prefer to stay indoors with all the new games, gadgets and cell phones.  If you look at the cost of those items, it can’t compare to what is enjoyed and taught outdoors.

With the state of the economy, many families are thankful they have a freezer full of fish and meat they’ve harvested themselves.  I will be the first to say that when I married my husband I had no interest in eating venison.  I wanted nothing to do with it and even checked the garbage can to make sure the wrapping was from the grocery store.  After a few years I decided this is just stupid.  So I had my husband prepare a venison steak for me and I have to say it was one of the best steaks I’ve ever had.

I’d like to see what some of our readers have to say.  Does your family hunt and fish? Would you consider hunting or fishing to provide food for your family?

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