More Americans turn to hunting during the pandmiec coronavirus – and amid fears of national food shortages after the meat factory is forced to stop operations due to the outbreak.
“People are starting to consider independence and where their food comes from,” said Hank Forester of the Quality Deer Management Association, adding that he believed there would be hunting hunting on the shelves of empty grocery stores.
A recent outbreak was caused at least three major meat producers – Tyson Foods, JBS USA and Smithfield Foods – to close more than a dozen factories throughout the country.
Meanwhile, several states have seen a jump in hunting licenses – including Indiana, where there was a 28% increase in turkey hunting license sales during the first week of the season.
Game and fish agents from Minnesota to New Mexico have seen an increase in sales of hunting licenses or permit applications.
Nina Stafford, a building contractor from Fayetteville, Georgia, killed her first deer in January, but had come to see poaching as a viable alternative if shops were hit by shortages in closing.
“Coronavirus just makes me want to go and do more so that I don’t feel afraid where my next food will come from,” said Stafford, 42, who also grows vegetables and fruit.
David Elliot, an emergency manager at Holy Cross Hospital in Taos, New Mexico, said he began to consider major poaching when the virus attacked the US in January and applied for permission to hunt deer.
“I understand some people might be driven by horn like or glory. I don’t want to do that, “said Elliot, 37,.
Because he did not have a shotgun, Elliot said he planned to borrow one to hunt a female deer in the Taos Regency area.
“I want to make sure that it is a clean, humane injection, as much as possible, and gets a lot of food,” Elliot said.
With Post cable
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