Protein is one of the hardest macronutrients to acquire when you’re fending for yourself, which you may very well find yourself having to do if you bug out after a major crisis. Most protein sources spoil quickly, so you can’t really toss it in your bug out bag or stockpile it at home. You’re going to need to hunt to get the protein you need.
Of course, you’ll probably have a firearm that can be used to hunt. But there’s a serious sacrifice involved every time you discharge your firearm.
First of all, you’re using up valuable ammo. Second, and more importantly, you’re notifying anyone within a several mile radius of your presence. And in a total collapse, most of the people who hear you fire a gun are more likely to be foes than friends.
That said, you need a few reliable ways to quietly hunt game and keep your location concealed. These whisper quiet weapons will allow you to do just that.
Air rifle with built-in silencer
Air rifles are the best choice for hunting small game with little to no noise. By design, they’re incredibly quiet, and many of them come equipped with built-in silencers, which make them virtually noiseless.
While shopping for an air rifle, be sure you get one that has enough power to take down the game you’ll be hunting, and definitely get one with a silencer built-in. Due to federal laws, building your own silencer is illegal without the right documentation (plus, it’s rather difficult), and buying an aftermarket one is practically impossible.
Ok, so you could probably get away with using a regular compound bow if you wanted to. However, the crossbow gives you several advantages.
It’s much easier to aim and operate. Even people without much experience can be relatively accurate with a crossbow.
Second of all, it’s smaller size, higher velocity, and superb accuracy let you go after smaller game that a standard bow would be overkill for.
Lastly, crossbows are far more maneuverable, and they can double as self-defense weapons.
This one is a little tougher to master, but once you get the hang of it, it’ll never leave your side. Slingshots can be used for small game and birds, and they can also be used to deter pests and immobilize threats. They’re great to carry alongside your primary hunting weapon in case you come across something that’s worth going after but not worth wasting ammo on.
How else can you stay silent while getting meat for the table?
Are you familiar with other weapons that work well for silently hunting for survival? Tell us about them in the comments!