Hunting & Gathering is a Human Tradition
- Take only what you can consume
- Get permission if not on public lands
- Only harvest if the plant, nut, berry, fungus is in abundance
- Leave some behind for the next season
- Rare species are off limits
- Uprooting and removing a plant completely is an illegal no-no
- Make sure to stay away from places near roads or that use chemicals to treat for insects, etc.
Foraging natural found foods is also a great way to make sure your body gets what it needs when it needs it. It’s quite remarkable how nature provides the right sources of nutrients when we need them.
Take for example pine needles. Yes, you can forage pine needles all year round, but they are particularly handy in the winter months when sometimes, that’s all you can find to forage. Why are pine needles great in the winter? They are ridiculously high in vitamin C—even more than oranges! Which means during cold season, you get the immune-boosting benefits you need to protect your body from viruses and other ailments.
Take a look at our quick guide to seasonal foraging below to get some ideas on how you can either start or further your foraging pursuits.
- Pine Needles
- Early blooms Mushrooms
- Green shoots
- Wild vegetables and fruits
Frost River Foraging Gear
While foraging is thought to be a bit easier to jump into, it still requires just as much knowhow as hunting. There are many styles, seasons, and tactics for hunting wild game. The benefits are similar to foraging in that protein provides your body with the nutrients it needs to sustain itself. However, hunting an immovable plant is a bit different than hunting a wild animal on the go.
There’s also different kinds of hunters. Some are social and hunt with large groups, making it a memorable bonding experience while in other cases, hunting (and trapping) are a means of feeding your family.
Hunting is also something you can get very adventurous with. It can take you across the country to hunt big game like elk in the mountains of Colorado, or even as close as your nearest hunt-able public lands that offer small game like grouse and porcupine. Did we mention that hunting can also be an adventure in eating?!
If you’re just starting out as a novice hunter, there will be a few extra steps you need to take to get into the sport, or lifestyle for some. First, you’ll need to take a hunter’s safety course to be able to obtain a permit to hunt.
Next, you’ll need to familiarize yourself with what you want to hunt, where it lives, and the best tools for harvesting those animals. Different game requires different guns and ammunition, or bows to successfully, safely, and ethically harvest animals from the wild.
Like foraging, hunting seasons also change and you’ll only be allowed to harvest a certain number of animals, as permitted by your game permit.
While hunting may be controversial to some, it should be known that hunters are historically some of the biggest conservationists. Just as in foraging, there are rules and laws that hunters need to abide by to not only respect the animals they hunt, but the future of the sport by never over-harvesting.
We recommend looking to your local Department of Natural Resources for an introductory course to teach you the basics. Or, if you happen to know a hunter, ask to tag along on a hunt to learn. The one thing we can tell you is the gear you’ll need to get started. See below for a list of quality, American-made items we handcraft with the hunter in mind.
Hunting Gear Must-haves
In summary, hunting and gathering is a fantastic way to experience the great outdoors while providing yourself with not only food but an experience to keep you coming back for more. In the end, it’s really the connection with nature and the glimpse of the circle of life that we get from the land and wildlife that we love about hunting and foraging. It takes us to places we’ve never seen before and gives us stories and adventures to last a lifetime—just like the packs we are so passionate about manufacturing.