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Old 09-11-2013, 10:47 PM   #1
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Going hunting for a week- what to do for food?

I haven't been hunting since I was a kid, and I decided to get back into it. I got lucky and drew a deer tag and will be hunting for a week. What do you normally do for food when you are out in a remote area away from civilization?

I was thinking of getting two propane tanks, two coolers with ice, a stove, and a few cast iron pans. For those of you who camp out while hunting, what is your normal routine for breakfast/lunch/dinner? Any tips or special foods to consider?
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Canned food and a can opener. I remember we had to eat corn and beans for 4 days after a mishap with our food, no joke............we didnt have to but it always makes for a good story.
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Take a fishing pole and catch some Rainbow.
Dak canned bacon rocks.
Jerkey, cheese, and crackers don't require refrigeration except for the cheese, don't require cooking, and they can keep you going for a couple of days as long as you drink enough to offset the salt.
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Eat what you shoot!

Actually, I've taken on a travel lite philosophy so I live off of mostly dehydrated meals. I make quite a bit at home with a food dehydrator, it's easy to make pasta meals. They work the same as the expensive mountain house meals. They're a pretty easy way to eliminate a lot of fuckery around camp. You just boil 500ml of water, dump it in the bag, wait a few mins, eat, throw the bag in the trash and rinse off the fork. Hunting again in minutes. You'll want to take lots of non perishable snack foods too like others have mentioned. It's also imperative to throw the odd grouse/trout into the pan when you come across it too.

I used to do some backpacking so all of that compact feather weight gear gets used everywhere I go in my truck. So with a small backpacking stove and a 500ml pot, a bunch of freeze dried meals and a jug of water, and I can stay out there for a week with the box of my truck completely empty.



I do take a small cooler though, because I like to put ice in my drinks
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Eat what you shoot!


Beat me to it, you must not be expecting any success...

J/K, If I had to rely on my hunting skills for food, I would go from 25 overweight to dead in a span of a couple weeks.
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6 beers and a pack of raw bacon, man style.
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I guess food depends on how good a hunter you are!
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6 beers and a pack of raw bacon, man style.
Week long trip and you're only bringing 6 beers??? Real manly of you

OP, I've never been on a week long hunt but have been as long camping in the middle of nowhere. The first few days are easy because whatever you can pack in a cooler will stay good for that long. After that, cheese and crackers, granola bars, gummi fruit snacks, jerky, canned goods (soups and Chef Boyardi canned stuff), etc. I usually bring lots of water and Gatorade also.
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Week long trip and you're only bringing 6 beers??? Real manly of you

OP, I've never been on a week long hunt but have been as long camping in the middle of nowhere. The first few days are easy because whatever you can pack in a cooler will stay good for that long. After that, cheese and crackers, granola bars, gummi fruit snacks, jerky, canned goods (soups and Chef Boyardi canned stuff), etc. I usually bring lots of water and Gatorade also.
^^ This. I make a Gorp for in between meals, and cliff bars. Bring way more beer, and whiskey for bed time. I look for cans with pop tops.
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truck camping? yeehaw!! it is easy.

trust me when i say to bring fiber. i bring carrots and celery stick to munch on. i also make all my food ahead of time and freeze it. pasta sauces, stew..even marinated meats..i freeze it all. then just pull something out that morning and put it in the drinks cooler to thaw.

i bring ONE big propane tank and run the campstove off it it. i had to buy a $13 hose/adapter to run the 20lb tank on a stove that usually uses those green 1lb bottles. i hate those!! litter.
i bring one cast iron pan. one kettle, and a pot. my brother packs a turkey fryer burner and a big wok. it is a game changer.

breakfast..oatmeal. lunch sandwiches..dinner my pre-done food. i try not to eat junk and processed food. i get enough of that on my backpack trips.
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Do you have a means of cooking?
If so, look up a bunch of one-pot meals. Easy stuff like rice & mushrooms or chili. Mix all the dry ingredients together (spices included) and put them into a ziplock and label. Then put that into ANOTHER ziplock (just trust me on this one).
Bring a good stainless steel pot (NOT aluminum. Even though it's light, it's a bitch to clean in the woods if you're unfortunate enough to burn something onto it) or well-seasoned dutch oven and whatever you need for fresh ingredients. Then when you get back into camp, toss it all in the pot and let it simmer while you do whatever evening chores (splitting firewood, cleaning guns, drinking beer...IN THAT ORDER!) until you're ready to eat.
Or, if you come in for lunch, put it all into the dutch oven and set it in the coals. Then it'll be ready for you when you come in for the evening.
Easy peasy.
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6 beers and a pack of raw bacon, man style.
Done that.

In college, drove out to Salton Sea to meet my buddy and his folks.
Got to the campsite and it was empty. Dark, had no clue where they were, so I parked the Chevelle and slept in the back seat.

Got up in the morning and surveyed the contents of my trunk:
M1-Garand and a 3lb coffee can full of ammo
Case of Bud.
2lbs of bacon.
2 dozen eggs.

Not seeing anything I could (legally) shoot and eat, I opted for a beer, 4 strips of bacon, and 2 eggs.

Used my pocketknife to pop a hole in one end of the egg, stuck the blade inside to break the yolk up, put my finger over the hole, popped a hole in the other end, and sucked the guts out.
Chewed the bacon down (it wasn't that much different from what was sold as "pastrami" at school).
Washed it all down with a cold Bud.

Hit the road and cruised through a couple of campgrounds... found them halfway through the 3rd one.

Apparently, the peninsula where they normally stayed was always private property, and after years of people camping there, the owner decided he didn't want it anymore, so the Sheriff was rolling through and running people off. They apparently were programmed to ignore anything as small as a '67 Chevelle.
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Since you said your hunting skills may be lacking, I suggest Spam & military MRI's. MRI's are all you really need, the Spam is for variety.
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Week long trip and you're only bringing 6 beers??? Real manly of you
The beer and bacon is for the lure, pour 5 of the beers into a small bowl and set it next to the bacon then when the prey comes in for the bacon and beer you whip the last one (bottles can work but I have had most success with cans) at it to stun it for a second then you jump out of your hiding spot and rip it's face apart with your bare hands.

Like I said, Man Style.
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Bring a few packs of Mountain House freeze dried food. Just boil some water, pour it in the pack and wait for a bit. After eating trail mix and sandwiches for days it will taste like a 5 star meal. I recommend the breakfast skillet also teriyaki chicken and rice.
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Freeze bottles of water and line the bottom of the coolers with them, hold ice for a long time that way. Get some plastic totes to pack your stuff in, matches, pans, salt, pepper, paper plates, silverware ect. One to put dry goods in, granola bars, bread, jerky, trail mix ect. We get pre made frozen sausage patties in a box and put in gal freezer bag, plastic egg containers, lunch meat, cheese, summer sausage ect, bratwurst, hot links. Stuff easily cooked on grill and camp stove.
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This is a pretty easy question that has lots of answers. I guess it depends on what you want to carry and if you bring the truck.

A few years ago, I went on a camping/hunting trip for 30 days with a buddy of mine. I carried two rifles (.22 and .308). So I didn't want to carry additional heavy stuff like canned goods. So I packed up clif bars and learned to make dried meals.

But when I go for a week of just hunting (usually twice a year), I bring the truck and whatever I feel like BBQ-ing. If I don't bring the truck, I take canned stuff, tuna packages, those sqeeze yogurts, etc. I stay away from jerky for more than a couple days. Not enough calories.
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If you have means of a fire (which I hope you do), we did most of our cooking as a kid on a flat rock instead of bringing a frying pan. Cooked steaks, eggs, bacon, you name it. Just need a spray can of Pam and some steel wool or a greenie to scrub down the rock. Eliminates bringing pans, but will probably only work for the first few days if ice is your only refridgeration, since all these things are perishable.

Oh and to this day, still the best steak I've ever had!
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Foil Pouches

Make up some foil pack meals, freeze em, then thaw and throw on the coals......chicken, fish, steak, hamburger/sausage, veggies..

To make the bread, build a foil pouch, put some bisquick in, add water till like a paste. Fold up pouch and throw on the coals.

Easy clean up, eat out of the pouch.
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