Hunting Whitetail Deer To Fill The Homestead Freezer

Homesteading isn’t all about gardening and raising livestock, hunting to supply meat for the homestead is a long standing tradition and way of life for the homesteader as well. Hunting the Whitetail Deer is one the most common and most rewarding hunts a homesteader can partake in. On Today’s podcast I will discuss everything you need to know to hunt whitetail deer and fill the homestead freezer.

Is Deer Meat A Cheap Way To Fill The Freezer?

Supplying venison for the homestead can be in inexpensive protein source, but usually isn’t. Most hunters spend a lot of money on hunting equipment and toys. There is a way to hunt deer in a frugal manner though and it doesn’t take away from the fun of the hunt. Most homesteader’s already own a firearm capable of hunting deer with and everything else someone would purchase just makes the hunt more likely to be successful and fun.


Basic Deer Hunting Equipment

Archery – Longbow, Recurve, Compound, Crossbow

Guns – Shotguns, Rifles, Handguns, Muzzleloader

Camouflage Apparel – Weather Appropriate


Treestands – Hanging Fixed Position Stands, Ladder Stands, Climbing Stands

Calls – Bleat, Grunt

Rattlers – Antlers, Artificial Antlers, Rattlebag

Cover Scents and Scent Blocker

Preparing For The Hunt

Practice, Practice and More Practice

Find Places To Hunt

Scouting – Trails, Scrapes, Rubs, Food Sources, Water Sources, Bedding Areas

Setting Up Your Stand or Blind


Know Safety Laws

Hunting Day

Setting Up – Consider Wind Direction, Shooting lanes, Access


Pick Your Shot

Stay Calm and Pay Attention

Following Blood Trails

Fill Out Your Temporary Tag

Field Dressing Your Deer

Dragging A Deer Out of The Woods

Checking In A Deer

Hanging, Skinning and Butchering


Knives – Outdoor Edge  12-Piece Portable Butcher Kit with Hard Side Carry Case

Meat Grinder – Manual or Electric

Vacuum Sealer


0 Lord, I am a hunter And life I seek to take But let me not attempt the shot Beyond my skill to make For Lord they are your creatures Given for our use But each one falls within your sight They’re not for our abuse And when I loose my arrow Please guide it swift and true Or let it miss completely, Lord That pain be not undue A clean kill or no kill, Lord Such is my heart’s desire Give me the skill to make it so Or let me hold my fire And when my time upon this earth The days they are fulfilled Grant that I may die at least As clean as those I killed

Timothy D. Cook

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