21st century hunt
January 18, 2004 7:39 PM   Subscribe

Hunting and gathering in your own backyard: "Alistair Bland was a student at the University of California at Santa Barbara last year when he decided to spend 10 weeks as an urban hunter-gatherer. He foraged for food in that city and survived on what he could kill or find growing outside . . ." (Real Audio required). Bland reported on the project in more detail in the Daily Gullet.
posted by ryanshepard (9 comments total)
Sorry Ryan, low hanging fruit gets picked first.
posted by shoepal at 7:54 PM on January 18, 2004

posted by Satapher at 8:27 PM on January 18, 2004

Damn it! I'll never trust that thing that checks the URL when you post again ;)
posted by ryanshepard at 8:38 PM on January 18, 2004

no worries. Google is usually a better bet for checking if a topic has been previously discussed. I actually googledtm for "metafilter fig" to find the september thread. Odd that NPR is just now getting around to discussing the story.
posted by shoepal at 8:47 PM on January 18, 2004

I think often of eating my dog. Am I a hunter-gatherer?
posted by troutfishing at 9:20 PM on January 18, 2004

No, you're just very hungry.
posted by Hildago at 11:24 PM on January 18, 2004

posted by trondant at 11:56 PM on January 18, 2004

Anybody interested in a diet of snow and ice is welcome to anything they can find in my back yard at the moment. (Actually, once in a while a white-tailed deer wanders through, but I haven't figured out how to fit him/her in the toaster oven.)
posted by LeLiLo at 2:17 AM on January 19, 2004

lelilo - in small pieces, I'd say. Use the broiler pan too, or the deer chunk will tend to catch on fire from the fat-drippings.

There's a good sized herd of wild turkeys which shows up in my backyard about once a week or so. About two dozen turkeys. The really do make those gobbling noises, and some of them are quite big - 40 or 50 pounds, even. I've seen neighborhood cats trying to stalk this birdherd, but the turkeys just ignore house cats. They'd turn they tables on an attacking cat, I've no doubt.
posted by troutfishing at 6:44 AM on January 19, 2004

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