Have to agree there is NO way hunting can be called an economical way to get meat for the family. The true cost per pound is likely impossible to calculate, but the price of gas is not even close. What is the government rate per mile for driving your vehicle for government business? That rate is calculated to cover the cost of driving on the job, so it is much closer to actual cost, and that is just the cost of transportation. Real cost accounting is far more complex. Guns, ammo, licenses, clothing, shooting practice, gun range membership, LOTS of stuff, adds up fast, and unless you can step out the back door and shoot a deer on your lawn, wild meat is just way too expensive to use it as justification for hunting, so we should all just stop trying. There are lots of other reasons to hunt, and as far as I'm concerned they are far more valid. But cheap food is most certainly not one of them. Another story. My father was being mocked by friends for the outrageous cost of the two ducks he shot during one whole weekend when he and my mother took the truck camper on a weekend "hunt". His response was to say the ducks cost only the price of the two shells. He and mom were already out there standing in that water anyway for all the other reasons they decided to take the weekend trip. All he did was shoot twice when they flew by. There is more to hunting than killing stuff.