I got the day off so guess who will be renaissanceing it up with Filthy and friend?!
That’s right! This one right hur!
"She’s going to break us out… or break in… or just break us."
The best way to fatally wound a wolf without killing it instantly is to shoot it in the gut, preferably with armor-piercing ammunition. Unlike soft lead-tipped bullets, which mushroom inside the body cavity and kill quickly, heavy-jacketed AP ammo pierces the target and blows out the other side.
This has two advantages: The first is that, especially with a gut shot, the animal will suffer. It will bleed out slowly, run a mile or so in terrified panic, and collapse. Then it will die. The second advantage is that, if you’re hunting illegally (out of season, at night with a spotlight, or on land where you shouldn’t), there is little forensic evidence for game wardens to gather. No bullet will be found in the cadaver. Most importantly, the animal will have traveled some distance from where it was shot, so that tracing the site of the shooting is almost impossible.
I gleaned these helpful tips from a nice old man at a saloon in Salmon, Idaho, which last December was the site of the first annual Coyote and Wolf Derby.
This is not honorable hunting, not the sort of hunting I support. And it’s sad that the vestiges of irrational hatred for wolves still exists, the type that was described by Barry Holstun Lopez and others.
(Hat tip to Loba on FB for the link.)
What is the other 93%
The majority of feed used to produce meat is forage. Cows don’t begin the higher fat diet till they enter the feed yard and even then, it’s not until the very end. Up until then they eat their locations native growing grasses and farmed forages that include a variety of tamed grasses and legumes. Some producers choose to add a higher protein or energy feed in the winter if they retain calves that could include
speltz grain or wheat pellets.
Once in the yard another big source of feed besides forages and corn is renewable feeds (by products of the original crop) are citrus pulp, almond hulls, distillers grains, soybean chaff and potato peels to name a few.
It’s also imperative for people to remember that the individuals that balance feed yard diets have at least a masters degree in ruminant nutrition and years of industry experience. This isn’t something an average Joe Schmo can do.
Yep. Corn and other feeds are comparatively expensive, too, so if you have a healthy pasture already growing you have a renewable source of food for the majority of the cow’s life.
Animal feed does still take up a LOT of agricultural land; my partner and I are starting to lower our meat intake for both health and environmental reasons. But cattle alone aren’t the huge corn vacuums that some people make them out to be.