What Animal Hunters Eat (And Don't Eat)

VD July 07 2021

Animal hunting is the process of pursuing and killing wildlife or feral animals, and the person doing this is called the animal hunter. Hunters have different agendas when it comes to hunting. The purpose of hunting will determine what the hunter will do and not do, and the most important thing about all this is that there are laws in every state in the U.S and in Canada that govern and regulate hunting. The laws clearly state that hunters should not waste any meat from these animals.

This is important to keep in mind since sometimes animals are hunted down just for fun so that a person gets a trophy. It's ridiculous and sounds unreal for most of us who have never hunted or eaten meat from wildlife.  

What meat can be eaten after hunting

Several animals hunters eat their prey after killing, including deer, geese, and elephants, and the general idea because of the laws is that hunters should not waste meat. Animal hunters eat animal meat for different reasons, and a good example is a meat from alligators which is considered healthy and tasty. Some meat is eaten by these hunters simply because it's delicious and easy to prepare. Hunters get different amounts of meat from other animals due to age, how fat the animal is, and how big an animal may be.

When hunters avoid eating 

Hunters do not eat some animals even after killing them. We may ask ourselves why they kill these animals if they cannot eat them. First, some meat from these animals is not edible because they contain dangerous bacteria and larvae, which cause diseases to humans; a good example is wolf and coyote meat. Second, hunters may be forced to kill some animals and not eat them to maintain a healthy ecosystem. 

For instance, if the number of predatory animals outnumbers the herbivorous animals, e.g., deer, it will be appropriate to reduce the number of predatory animals. Another way is when animals are killed in large numbers to provide proteins for the plants and organisms in the ecosystem. 

The third reason is that some hunters do not eat meat from animals they kill due to poor taste, and a good example is a meat from a mountain lion, which is considered tasteless. 

Another reason is that some animals, including the rats, may be killed to prevent them from destroying some products, e.g., plants in the farms. Finally, hunters may not eat the animals they kill when it comes to contests and sports, including wolves, foxes, and marmots. Here hunters kill for fun.

There is a certain process for obtaining the meat from these animals, and hunters usually follow the due process to avoid wastage of meat. With the laws in place, hunters are guided in each activity they undertake. 

Let's take an example of an elephant. It's voluminous and will need several people to obtain the meat, but it's not the meat alone here. Elephants have tusks that are considered valuable in some other parts of the world. Here the law comes in on both the meat and these tusks. Hunters are limited to meat, but there is a guideline on handling the other parts that are not included in meat. 

It's not wrong to teach our children this traditional art of hunting, but as they grow, let them also learn the dos and don'ts of hunters so that they don't end up on the wrong side of the law. The law part of what hunters can do and what they can't do is the difference with other parts of the world where such laws do not exist.

For sport, food, or protein supply for plants and other organisms, animal hunting seems cruel. Still, sometimes hunting is inevitable for the purposes of balancing the ecosystem and providing niche for every animal. We can try asking ourselves, what if there were no hunters or animal hunting? 

Things could not be the same but further complications could arise. 

There is a myth that meat from wild animals is much tastier than domestic meat. Find out from experienced hunters so those who have reservations for meat from the wildlife can make their choice.