I propose that wild game number will dramatically collapse post SHTF due to any one or more of the following factors Fuel shortage, Electricity shortage, fertilizer restrictions. Only in the past 80 or so years have wild game populations risen due to plentiful and cheap farmlot animals for slaughterhouses. Cheap fuel to move animals to be processed to the slaughter houses. And refridgeration to transport and extend the shelf life of the butchered products at local market/consumers Prior to that, you either consumed it, canned it, salted it, smoked it or dried your meats to extend their viability. (Ok you could freeze it if you were far enough north :: Permafrost) It was estimated back in the 1914 that Michigan had a deer population of roughly 45k. Today that number is close to 1.5MM. We now have a hunt-able Elk population, a fair number of Moose. I attribute the rise in population to 2 things. 1st Refrigeration from the feed lots in KC to the slaughter houses in Chicago to the tables in NYC. Fresh Meat in the big city, in small towns and in your house. 2nd Responsible game management. Bag limits and sex restrictions. but if we loose affordable fuel and/or electricity it will cause: Unavailability of meats in supermarkets due to transportation (fuel) and availability of refrigeration (electricity) Inability to provide grains to feedlot operations (fuel for transport and production) The cost of meat will rise exponentially. (hint, it's already doubled in the past 5 years). Once it hits a point that most people can no longer afford it: People are going to go looking for it live on the hoof. Thus causing those that currently have animals for their own meat to have to defend their livestock (cattle/hog/sheep rustling) but further it will decimate the population of wild game as everyone will be in search of meat (except the vegans) and wild game will be killed more often because of the lack of methods to preserve the catch. So instead of killing maybe 1 elk per year or a couple of deer. That number will dramatically increase. This is not just going to happen for large game, we are talking subsistence living here. Rabbits, woodchucks, squirrels, porcupines, ducks, geese, swans, pheasants, grouse, quail, doves, pigeons, starlings, nutria, gators etc. They will all become 'Bush Meat' for the masses. So .. if you are planning on heading out to the bush post SHTF you will need to have a way to preserve your catch, and protect your lands from others that will be in the search of meat also. There will be no Quailty Deer Management programs in effect. Big bucks and this years babies are all on the menu. I hope you have additional plans on providing meat because the game left after the swarm are going to be damn smart and avoid people at all costs. Just remember, if you shoot the last mating male or female of a game species in your neck of the woods. You'd better hope that there is a transient that wanders through your area to continue the species or .. I hope you like insects.