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Where do you get wild game...?

Answered on September 12, 2014
Created December 31, 2012 at 4:32 PM

Hello Warriors! So...I need some recommendations. I've been buying duck, bison and elk when I can - but I REALLY want meats from my childhood - venison and rabbit! YUM! However, I am having a REALLY hard time finding a way to obtain these since I don't know how to hunt myself. I've tried offering to buy venison off hunters but it seems like the hunters I've run into say they'll get back to me but then never do. I need some advice! Does anyone else buy local wild game? How did you get it? Do you have a recommendation on how to track it down? I live in Northwest Indiana - if you have a connection you're willing to share I'd be eternally grateful! How do you all get your wild game? Should I just learn how to hunt...? I appreciate any and all advice!

46c9fbd45b82453f6a2dfe614a853314

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on January 04, 2013
at 01:57 PM

FYI, trapping is very involved and requires a lot of knowledge and depending on your state, a permit/license. You have to know where the rabbit runs are, what the season is, and how to set them. It is not a beginner sport.

46c9fbd45b82453f6a2dfe614a853314

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on January 04, 2013
at 01:56 PM

I took the Massachusetts Hunter Safety Education class and utilized the resources that they provide. I'm fairly confident that EVERY state in the nation provides hunter safety classes, you would have to search online depending on the state that you live in. I also took a private firearms safety class that taught me a lot about guns. I am also fortunate to live in a rural area that I could start to 'shadow' and make connections with local hunters. Many hunters are very happy pass on their knowledge and craft (but not their hunting spots!). You just have to do the research.

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on December 31, 2012
at 11:43 PM

Wow! You taught yourself? That's awesome! Do you use a gun or crossbow? How did you find classes? Any books you would recommend?

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on December 31, 2012
at 07:45 PM

broken arrow is the only one I've used and feel like I could recommend. a quick google search also found: http://www.fossilfarms.com/ ; http://www.exoticmeatsandmore.com/ ; http://www.indianvalleymeats.com/ -- but I haven't used any of them.

690a15f9c09f8ca10bec1fb361581f72

on December 31, 2012
at 07:43 PM

What are some other sites you would recommend?

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46c9fbd45b82453f6a2dfe614a853314

on December 31, 2012
at 08:24 PM

Learn to hunt!!! I grew up in a family that did not hunt and took classes, read books, and picked it up myself. Now I get plenty of game birds and squirrel and usually one deer! It gives me plenty of time to enjoy the outdoors and reconnect to our caveman past!

690a15f9c09f8ca10bec1fb361581f72

on December 31, 2012
at 11:43 PM

Wow! You taught yourself? That's awesome! Do you use a gun or crossbow? How did you find classes? Any books you would recommend?

46c9fbd45b82453f6a2dfe614a853314

(1876)

on January 04, 2013
at 01:56 PM

I took the Massachusetts Hunter Safety Education class and utilized the resources that they provide. I'm fairly confident that EVERY state in the nation provides hunter safety classes, you would have to search online depending on the state that you live in. I also took a private firearms safety class that taught me a lot about guns. I am also fortunate to live in a rural area that I could start to 'shadow' and make connections with local hunters. Many hunters are very happy pass on their knowledge and craft (but not their hunting spots!). You just have to do the research.

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903ec3680326394ef7eb61d5a6b94364

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on January 02, 2013
at 03:38 PM

also traps work for rabbit. not so much for venison. great...now I want a big bacon wrapped moose burger...

46c9fbd45b82453f6a2dfe614a853314

(1876)

on January 04, 2013
at 01:57 PM

FYI, trapping is very involved and requires a lot of knowledge and depending on your state, a permit/license. You have to know where the rabbit runs are, what the season is, and how to set them. It is not a beginner sport.

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on January 02, 2013
at 04:14 PM

@CD's answer is good, as there are indeed some clearinghouse type setups for hunter to abattoir to consumer.

However, all the "wild" duck, bison, elk, and even "wild boar" you can (somewhat) easily buy is farmed. Don't fret though - these sorts of animals are often farmed on VERY large farms (effectively making them free range and appropriate-diet fed (less so with duck). Sadly, most farmed deer goes to restaurants.

Having a hunter-friend, learning to hunt, or using a clearinghouse is a great way to get truly wild animal products.

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on December 31, 2012
at 07:13 PM

Check online. Some meat can be imported from different countries. Better yet, go to the countryside and hunt your own meat grok style with a spear or knife:)

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3ce6a0d24be025e2f2af534545bdd1d7

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on December 31, 2012
at 07:10 PM

There are several sites, Broken Arrow Ranch is good.

I found a local butcher that worked with a farm we cow-pooled through. I asked him about the venison, he also works with several hunters in the area. So whenever they bring in the meat, he has an email list he sends out a fist-come-first-served email to. this time of year you can get venison just about any time.

So you may want to check for local butchers and see if/when they are ablt to help.

690a15f9c09f8ca10bec1fb361581f72

on December 31, 2012
at 07:43 PM

What are some other sites you would recommend?

3ce6a0d24be025e2f2af534545bdd1d7

(26217)

on December 31, 2012
at 07:45 PM

broken arrow is the only one I've used and feel like I could recommend. a quick google search also found: http://www.fossilfarms.com/ ; http://www.exoticmeatsandmore.com/ ; http://www.indianvalleymeats.com/ -- but I haven't used any of them.

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