Jason Akers

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Thanks Mat and everyone!

I had a ton of fun!

Jason
4 years ago
Couldn't agree more.

The shooting is the most important part to be perfect at but its the quickest action taken while hunting.

A bad day hunting/fishing is better than a good day at work. There's a reason they put it on cheesy vanity plates. LOL
4 years ago
I wanted to thank everyone for the warm welcome here. Honestly I tried to start a community and keep it going on my own site for so long I ignored other great communities like this one.

By far the most questions I've gotten here this week related to the subject I typed here. I am lacking something and it worries me enough that I might not try hunting. I wanted to help anyone who might be in that situation. Honestly a good portion of my book is dedicated to helping new hunters with a small portion of the hunting section dedicated to advanced techniques. But I wanted to share some of the more succinct tips here.

No Land
Your tax dollars and hunting/fishing license dollars pay for programs (I think in all states) that help purchase and maintain public hunting land. I don't recommend going to these on opening day of deer season but archery season, squirrel season, obscure bird seasons are all great times to check these out and help fill your freezer (FREE).
When I was growing up we had a hunting "lease". The reason "lease" is in quotes is that we never actually paid. But once a week for 2 months we "put up hay". If you've never put up hay IT SUCKS! But its cheaper than paying for a deer lease (FREE BUT HARD).
If you have money you can always purchase a lease (EXPENSIVE).

No Mentor
I suggested to a previous poster with land that they leverage a hunting "lease" to get mentorship ("leases" work both ways - LOL).
Use the internet. Meetup/craigslist and other places might be a good place to find a hunting partner or mentor.

No Weapon
Borrow one from a friend or family member.
Make your own (for about $100 you can build a longbow with instructions on the web).
Buy one. Yes it costs money but for about $150 you can buy a 12 gauge single shot from Walmart. You will need to have a smith mount some sights (maybe another $25) and slugs (another $10). You could have a hunting weapon for less than $200. The meat from the first deer will pay for that. Plus you can hunt just about any small game animal with the 12 gauge including turkeys.

No Knowledge
Books aren't free but most wildlife departments put out publications (similar to the extension office gardening ones) that can teach the basics on hunting AND fishing.

No Money
Just like in other Permaculture areas redistribute your surplus. If you have a surplus of time/energy/material give it to someone else in the form of a trade for what you need that you don't have in surplus.

4 years ago
Ray

We never spent much time in Mt. Washington. I lived in Lebanon Junction, Shepherdsville and Cedar Grove. I went to Bullitt Central. I played basketball and played in Mt. Washington on occasion.

I was in scouts but in LJ. That name and troop doesn't sound familiar though.

Jason
4 years ago
Shane

Ok that is blowing my mind a little bit. Its clear that Paul and Permies' reach is pretty wide.

I wouldn't say that recurves and long bows require less maintenance. Compound bows are complex machines but they are still pretty worry free. Using a bow for any small game is a hell of a challenge though. I used to kick an old basketball and shoot at it with the recurve. Its tough. Some recurves and longbows don't even have a place to mount sights so you end up shooting instinctively or sighting down the arrow. Again - very tough. Personally I'd start with a compound (Bear, PSE or any decent known brand) at the 55 pound draw range or above (up to what you can handle comfortably). If you go to any decent bow shop they can set you up pretty well with draw weight and length. Its cheaper on Craiglist but without taking all the measurements first you might be guessing to get what you need. And the great thing is you have BassProShops just across the river!

Jason
4 years ago
CJ

I almost stated that women weren't required to, but hey if you can - why not? LOL Back before I could grow one I'd ask all the adults why they grew one around Oct and that was the reason I'd get. Of course I've seen my dad maybe 5 times in 36 years without a beard.

Ray

I hear the same thing - including get away that tickles! LOL

Jason
4 years ago
Zach

Thanks for listening! Podcasting got frustrating after a while so I decided my best method for communication was books and articles. Maybe someday!

Jason
4 years ago
Ray

Its a small world indeed. Your name sounds familiar.

Jason
4 years ago