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leaves 200 lbs of meat and bone. Given a quickly made sapling "a frame' pack, you CAN walk off with it, a mile or so in a couple of hours. you can dump the disposables onto your poncho, carry them away first, and bury them. you can have the hole already dug and frame made, if you KNOW that you're going to pop the calf and know where it will be.

The A frame extends over your head. It has a tump line for your forhead, and when your shoulder and hip belt are fastened, and you stand up as straight as you can, the bottoms of the Frame's legs are about a foot from the ground (for a 6 ft tall man). Then, when you tire, you can just squat a bit, the frame takes the weight. Then you can either get out of the harness, or lean the load against a tree, relax a few minutes, and then carry on. Since you are only straightening your legs a short distance, of the last part of their travel, you can lift tremendous loads in this fashion.

Once you bone the carcass, it will be 150 lbs. Once you dip the strips of meat in salt brine and jerk them, it will be 100 lbs of jerky. Given some fish, dog, cat, small game, and grain, you'll be ok for many months. But you'll have to have some buried 55 gallon drums, ready for goodies to be put into them. The grain and other foods will have to be in smaller drums or buckets in your nearby storage. If it's not a total disaster, they can be left there, perhaps under your guard. If it's shtf, move the contents to the buried drums, either by strapping them onto a bike that you walk beside, or by use of a shoulder yoke, carrying (2) five-gallon buckets at a time.
 

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any large hog farm will expect to lose a sub-30 lb pig now and then, either just died and rotted/eaten by possoms/crows, or grabbed by a coyote and carried off. Ditto lambs, or very small calves. The calf means far more and is far more likely to be missed, tho. Hogs are ear marked, but basically, they are just random-counted now and then, if pastured. The count is rarely accurate down to the last animal. So it's not likely that one will be missed, in the very first days of shtf, and then it will be too late to do anything about it, given a knowldegable looter, that is. Problem with pork is it takes a LONG time (like 2 weeks ) and a LOT of salt to preserve that fatty meat. Same thing with bears, and groundhogs. They have a lot of fat (at least, some times in the year).
 

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so, if you had to shift over from "short term" survival to full shtf-mode, it can be done, especially if you are able to access your armor, rifle, etc, or take such gear from the unwary. If I were to have only one gun, it would have to be a pocket 9, with a .22lr conversion unit, and with a silencer for the .22 kit. With that much of a head start, other stuff can be acquired as needed.

if a farm or ranch has cattle, then, out in the pasture, there will be at least one salt/mineral block for the cattle to lick. there will also be a chemical soaked "rub" for them to use vs flies. Both those items will be overlooked for a few days, if shtf, and are great resouces for you to grab and cache/use.

in the suburbs or smaller towns, few, at first, will think of the libraries, granaries, feed and pet stores, gardening supply stores. But those places are full of survival resources. you'll need the fish antibiotics, the fertilizer, the seeds, the tools. . If you've got empty cache drums ready, those things can be secured quickly and easily, against the later days of need.
 

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