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The woods are full of life. This chunk of North American land is full of life. When coming to the continent the settlers believed that there were no limits to the wild resources of this continent. Imagine seeing a landscape of limitless potential like the North American Continent.
Now here is something to blow you even further away. There are more deer in the continent now than at first contact. Deer are everywhere and their land is being chomped up at an astounding rate. We need answers for that. Trapping and hunting are big ones.
In a survival situation you might want to harvest deer. That is something that makes plenty of sense. The question that comes to mind is:
Do you know how to process an animal?
A deer is a tremendous resource and it has a lot to offer, from food to tools, but you are not going to be able to take advantage of it if you cannot start with something like skinning the animal. Skinning a deer is going to offer you materials to make clothes or even shoes! If you destroy the hide in the processing then you lose that resource.
Also understanding the various cuts of meat that are on the animal is important as well. You see, if you cook a backstrap over the fire until its cooked to medium doneness you are going to have something tasty. If you take some shank meat or a butt roast and do the same, you are going to have to chew that thing for 20 minutes to eat it and it wont be a fun thing.
The best part about breaking down animals is that you only need to know a few things about four legged animals to be able to break them all down. Deer, cows, goats, lambs are all very similar. The same can be said about birds.
Get to know your food resources and how to make the most of them.