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only half of an animal's live weight is edible meat. half of the population is femaie, and much of their numbers are juveniles. So, no, dummy, ALL moose don't weigh 1500 lbs. :)

but the fact is, half of your diet must be of plant origin and fish are a lot easier to catch than land animals. Also, you'll get quite sick of eating nothing but elk jerky/pemmican, so small game, deer, dogs, cats, etc, will be part of your diet, too. So, frankly, you dont need or want to take more than 2 moose or 4 elk per year, per 4 person family, along with deer, small game and fish. the other half of your diet has to be plants.

You can't get within 100 yds of elk 4x per year (and brain them with a 223 carbine) When you have to LIVE out there with them, 24-7? You are one sad sack as a hunter/rifleman, if so. It's just stupid to take the hit involved with choosing a noisy 308, especially a dumbassed bolt action, to have a "better" elk rifle, even if Elk AINT all killed off the first month of shtf (and they will be, count on it). Frankly, you won't need to shoot elk at ALL. Cause you can just cache lots of 3/16" aircraft cable snares, set them atop forked sticks, 2-3" above ground, festooing the elk trails and hooking them to drag logs. All the snares within 20 ft can be hooked to the same log, ya know. :) Such cable is cheap and it's readily cached in small amounts of PVC pipe. A folding saw, 12" or so in length, readily drops an 8" sapling, , 15 ft long. If you'll seal up the raw end and prop them up off of the ground, , they'll be usable for several years. So this is a prep that you can take NOW, no problem. It takes just a few minutes to do such saw work, post shtf and is quiet, feasible to do at night. So is "running" such a snare "line". It's also a way to catch a cow, or a horse back in the woods and out of sight of any ranch or farm building. Cattle and horses tend to beller when so stressed, tho.
 

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200 lbs is a small elk, even for a cow. You talk a good game, but I doubt you have cached anything at all. I also doubt you have gotten close to elk. Plus, if it’s SHTF, they will be pressured and you won’t get anywhere near one.
 
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