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What do you guys take for food on backpacking/hunting trips?

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  1. mbt2001

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    Hardtack and beef jerky.... :neener:
     
  2. leadcounsel

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    Skip MREs- they are terrible in taste and will bind you up. And the packaging is heavy so you end up throwing it and most of the extras away.

    I like Thrive, Mountain House, the pouches of tuna fish, small baggies of assorted nuts (soy nuts, almonds, walnuts, cashews). Some dehydrated mixed fruits.

    Bring a little bit of candy, chocolate, hard candies to chew or suck on for energy.
     
  3. ironworkerwill

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    There is a secret to that. Eat the jelly on the way home.
     
  4. Candyman87

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    I strip out what I'm not taking before going. I basically only take the main dish, side, and dessert. Sometimes the crackers and jelly.

    Two or three won't bind you up too badly. But like I said, I'm only out a day or two at a time.
     
  5. Johnny_B_Goode

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    Family Dollar and some grocery stores have packs of 15 Slim Jims for $3. They do not weigh much and they would keep you from feeling weak. I am assuming this would be a temporary situation. Trail mix is pretty good but if does make you drink a lot of water.
     
  6. caribou

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    The trick I found to MRE's is to be very cold and very tired. Come to hink of it, on bad long days like that, when Im just drained and nothings getting better, even the life raft rations taste like candy ;) eating my stash every couple years has me about halfway through the case now.:uhoh:

    Hunting for us has been excellent, and one thing I take often is Seal oil, its rendered at room temp and is a "good" fat that dosent stick to your arteries and veins. We catch Caribou , or Fish, let them freeze and then dip the frozen meats into the oil. Generally eating frozen foods at -20 would chill a body, but with Seal Oil as a condiment, the caloric value is out the roof, the meal satisfying and a great way to eat in teh deep cold without building a fire. Old timers here walked everywhere and a bag of Seal/Whale blubber/oil was "trail food" for those on the hunt.
    Its sort of an Arctic thing, but if you should find yerself here, its much like MRE's, when you do end up having to eat it, its pretty damn good. Im mucho used to it now, but it took some cold days and alotta suffering before I craved the stuff :)

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  7. Loyalist Dave

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    Depends on the duration.

    I carry parched corn (some of which is groung into rock-a-hominy), venison jerky, green tea, sugar, salt , cayenne pepper, raisins, dry cured bacon, 151 rum with lime added, and taffy. That's for an overnighter. For longer hikes/hunts, two to four nights, I will also take cornmeal mixed wtih flour, a tater or two, a small bottle of olive oil, and maybe some dried apples.

    I may pack food bars, but they are only if I get injured and stuck, and can't prepare my food.

    LD
     
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    One of the reasons the dehydrated meals are recommended is due to their weight to food ratio. Of course if you are going to an area where water is limited. Then you need to choose meals that won't require water.
     
  9. TIMC

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    When I head to the ranch huning I usually load up the RV with some ribeyes, lamb chops, a nice rack of ribs, maybe some sausage links, stuff to make some nice salads, a bottle or two of some nice wine for dinner in the evening; I do not rough it anymore!
     
  10. cluttonfred

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    Where's the "like" button when you need it? ;-)
     
  11. Water-Man

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    I use Wise Company freeze dried foods.
     
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    I agree with this caution. I keep mine close to the skin to stay warm or keep it in my mouth before biting off a chunk.

    I also cracked a tooth in half on an off brand cheese-it type cracker. Luckily I was 11 or something and it was a baby tooth.
     
  13. OYE

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    We use horses most of the time anymore. We use to backpack some, though.
    I never did like to eat the Mountain House (or other ) freeze dried stuff. There was only a couple of things that I really found edible. Even at that, if it said serves 2 it really only served one. So we ended up taking decent food from home. Pre-cooked bacon or fried egg sandwiches, oatmeal, some of that dried soup isn't too bad, crackers, packages of kool aid, peanut butter, potato flakes, butter, cheese and onion sanwiches, lettuce salad in plastic bags. Most of this will keep several days even in warm weather. Yeah it weighs a little more, but there's more energy in it and you don't think about eating or craving things every waking moment. There are a lot of other light weight options if you think about it.
    Even with horses for spike camps for a few days we still take about the same things only we take more canned soup and don't necessarily pre-cook that much. OYE
     
  14. Vern Humphrey

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    Rice is the classic backpacker's staple. You can add dried vegetables, jerky, etc., to make various dishes on the trail.
     
  15. OYE

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    Maybe in your book. I don't eat rice period !!!!!!! OYE
     
  16. Vern Humphrey

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    I was an adviser to Viet Namese infantry. It was eat rice and like it -- or starve.
     
  17. OYE

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    Understandable. Liking rice is certainly a big plus though. Add a half dozen
    raw baluts to nibble on for snacks and a couple of carp aged to perfection (maybe a fat dog for an extended stay) and you're all set for the backpack hunt of a lifetime. Sadly we suffer from a chronic case of Bulimia just thinking about it. OYE
     
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    Those were the good old days.:D
     
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    Hehe, it all depends. More than 20 years ago I spent two years as a volunteer in Nepal eating about 70% rice, 15% lentils, 10% vegetables, 5% meat, fish or eggs. I was as thin as I have been in my adult life about 145 lbs (pushing 200 now). The girls all gained weight, go figure. ;-)
     
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    After the shooting is done.....
     
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