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Isaac Citrom
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Richard Proenneke on Wikipedia
Alone in the Wilderness on Amazon.com


I was rewatching the first Dick Proenneke film, Alone in the Wilderness. Dick eventually creates a food cache on stilts. But, in his first winter, he hunts and butchers a ram. He smokes the meat and hangs it in a tree.

I see how that will keep the meat away from bears, but aren't there a bagillion other critters that can and would easily get at his hanging meat?


I also have a second question, if people don't mind. Except for that ram in his first year, Dick doesn't slaughter any large animals while he lives up there in Twin Lakes. He says that that is too much meat for one person and it would go to waste.

But, as we see with the ram, he could have smoked the meat of anything he caught in order to preserve it, and lived off of it an entire winter. Why did Dick say that hunting a large animal would be a waste.

I'm wondering if Dick took an anti-hunting attitude later in life but never felt comfortable coming out of the closet so-to-speak.



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isaacc wrote:
I see how that will keep the meat away from bears, but aren't there a bagillion other critters that can and would easily get at his hanging meat?


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If he hunts small game, how would he be anti-hunting?

It is more likely a lack of skills, such as knowing how to smoke or salt meat.
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isaacc wrote:
I see how that will keep the meat away from bears, but aren't there a bagillion other critters that can and would easily get at his hanging meat?
So you have questions about Dick's hanging meat?

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Maybe he was sick of it?

Or maybe the critters did get to it?

Or maybe butchering it was a ton of work that took time away from other necessary preparations?

Man does not need a ton of meat to live.

If I remember, didn't he move back to civilization after a year?
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mister lunch wrote:
If I remember, didn't he move back to civilization after a year?

Nope. He survived out there for years, but then he got too old and the winters became too cold for him, so he did move back when he was 82.
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tickmanfan wrote:
mister lunch wrote:
If I remember, didn't he move back to civilization after a year?

Nope. He survived out there for years, but then he got too old and the winters became too cold for him, so he did move back when he was 82.


Which is why, kids, you should always read the provided links in a post.

30 years is a heck of a long time. I can imagine then butchering an animal that size was too much work at that age.
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smoked....nope


most critters won't bother.


if he did it right, it forms a hard rind that is too tough for little critters that might want it
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