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Cacique Caribe15 Aug 2018 2:25 a.m. PST

What a gorgeous animal!

I wonder what he would taste like. I've never had caribou, yet.

PS. I've always wondered how early man could have been able to hunt such beasts, specially those in their prime, before the invention of projectile weapons like the bow, sling or the atlatl. It must have been something like rolling all sixes, right? :)


Personal logo Grelber Supporting Member of TMP15 Aug 2018 6:25 a.m. PST

Ambush, perhaps or driving them into a box canyon or over a cliff. Like wolves, we may have picked off the old, young, and injured--a feller could get hurt going after one of those guys in his prime! Trying to run up and stab them with a spear would be challenging, that's for sure!

Considering we wiped out most of the mega fauna, I've started to wonder if it might not be a situation of "the bigger they are, the better they taste." Or maybe it was just a matter of one kill, and you can sit around the campfire for a week, unlike killing rabbits.

I've been considering writing to the state game commission, suggesting we need a spear season, when you can run down a mule deer and stab it, to go with the current regular hunting season, bow season, and black powder season. Old geezers like me need not apply. It is, however, what our species was designed to do. Much better than a remote season, where you watch half a dozen screens in your heated/air conditioned van and activate the appropriate remote gun/camera unit when you see a deer.


Moonbeast15 Aug 2018 6:28 a.m. PST

"PS. I've always wondered how early man could have been able to hunt such beasts, specially those in their prime, before the invention of projectile weapons like the bow, sling or the atlatl. It must have been something like rolling all sixes, right? :)"

Didn't we drive them off of cliffs or into large pit traps and wait for them to die? Sort of like we did with mammoths. That would be my guess.

Edit: Apparently Grelber an I had the same thoughts.

Personal logo StoneMtnMinis Supporting Member of TMP15 Aug 2018 6:30 a.m. PST

"I wonder what he would taste like. I've never had caribou"


Caribou can vary greatly and you either like it or you hate it. It all depends how how hungary you really are. It has a strong taste that can go to gamey real easy.


Personal logo StoneMtnMinis Supporting Member of TMP15 Aug 2018 6:32 a.m. PST

Moonbeast is correct based on a few findings. Some have been found mixed with Folsom points.


CSherrange15 Aug 2018 6:36 a.m. PST

Actually, there is a prevailing theory that humans would just exhaust animals to death. They would have far greater stamina than prey and would literally just keep slowly chasing them until they expired.

Legion 415 Aug 2018 8:16 a.m. PST


Personal logo Andrew Walters Supporting Member of TMP15 Aug 2018 10:39 a.m. PST

Probably like the Ewoks took out the Imperial forces in Return of the Jedi.

Oberlindes Sol LIC15 Aug 2018 11:22 a.m. PST

Standing off and killing an animal with a technologically advanced weapon is well and good if you need the meat, but it's not really sporting. That's why I support spear season. Nothing can get the adrenaline flowing better than facing an angry charging bear or kicking, twisting elk with only a spear in your hand.

Good luck, gentlemen.

Oberlindes Sol LIC15 Aug 2018 11:24 a.m. PST

Actually, I can think of something that will get the adrenaline flowing better: crawling into a hibernating bear's den with only a knife in your hand, and sticking the bear until it wakes up. It will chase you out of the den and right into the spears of your hunting group.

Bring a change of pants.

Winston Smith15 Aug 2018 12:35 p.m. PST

If early man were hunters, they very likely copied the behavior of other animals who were hunters.
Who in their right mind goes after a magnificent bull elk in his prime?
There are plenty of calves to isolate, the lame, the halt, the sickly.
Or, you could go after a smaller prey. Or a dead elk, if you could chase off other scavengers.
That's what wolves do.
Find s bull with a broken leg? Surround him and hamstring the other legs.

Or, you could turn vegan.

Cacique Caribe15 Aug 2018 12:52 p.m. PST

Winston: "Or, you could turn vegan."

Ha! The meat storage pits were already big enough. And I can understand being an omnivore.

But did early vegans have giant barns back then to store all that vegetable matter, to last them through the winter, without dipping into the meat stashes if the omnivore humans?


Winston Smith15 Aug 2018 1:36 p.m. PST

I think early vegans either died very young, or lived where they didn't have to worry about blizzards. They probably died of boredom.

John Leahy15 Aug 2018 3:05 p.m. PST

Hey, vegans are people too! Uh……errrr nope that's Soylent green.

Sorry,my mistake!


Personal logo ochoin Supporting Member of TMP15 Aug 2018 3:24 p.m. PST

Oberlindes Sol LIC

I like your ideas but you don't go far enough. The hunters need to make their own knives & spear points.

Level playing field, what?

7dot62mm16 Aug 2018 10:19 p.m. PST

If the caribou is as dumb as the reindeer then I don't see any problem in killing any number of them using whatever primitive tools or rocks you happen to have around.

TamsinP17 Aug 2018 1:25 a.m. PST

@ 7dot62mm

Caribou is the name used in North America for reindeer, so they would be just as dumb as reindeer because, well, they are reindeer grin

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