That is impressive about the catfish growth rate. I would like to have seasonal ponds at some point. I fish freshwater and ocean but very very rarely , less than once a year. I also have harvested seaweed for making bread and shellfish just for an individual meal.
I would very much like to do so more often in an way that gives something back in balance with the environment . I understand organic gardening and find it something sustainable but haven't quite rationalized taking from the wild except I suppose wild harvest on a very low consumption level cognizant of the environment might be more sustainable than shopping at a supermarket with all the added resources that go into that and harvesting that is often completely without regard to the environment for profit.
Nature produces a harvestable excess. If a species overpopulates it's environment there will be a mass die off due to disease or starvation. It happens naturally all of the time. You do not have to feel bad about harvesting natures bounty as long as you do it in a sustainable manner.
Any land that you set aside for wild harvest benefits all the species that live there, not just the ones you harvest.
Emerson White wrote:
Agreed, but I will mention that you have to be humane about it too. If you shoot an animal with an arrow it dies with little suffering compared to getting a disease or starving to death, If you catch an animal in a leg trap and leave it for two days then it dies with much more suffering.
Nature is not humane. There is no reason to let an animal sit in a trap for two days, check them every day.
Animals can as easily suffer from a poorly placed arrow. The goal is to minimize suffering. If you want to entirely prevent it you need to completely opt out of life.
Paleo Gardener wrote:
I have recently become interested in bow-hunting. I don't really know anything about it =) but I am getting a bow soon and will proceed to mess around!
John Polk wrote:
With that said, there are hunters who ignore the rules.
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South Carolina wrote:
Can someone suggest a bow for a beginner woman with no strength in her arms? I can do push ups all day but, due to shoulder problems there is no strength when I try to pull.
I have done some research but the amount of info is overwhelming.
We have guns but I am not comfortable using them unless my personal safety is threatend (then it is no problem I assure you). I would like to take advantage of the local wildlife myself though. Currently I have to beg or barter for someone elses score.
I am looking for some specific suggestions that I can go to the store and try out. I went to a small local store once and they really were not helpful. The big box stores are better but the poor sales people don't always know the product. I may end up having to travel to a Bass Pro shop or something. Suggestions anyone?