Meet the vegetarian who became a hunter

For years, 29-year-old Fabian Grimm lived a vegetarian lifestyle.

As a child, the German photographer and graphic designer had fished, but as a teenager decided to give up all meat.

He said: “For many years I was a convinced vegetarian. No food should have eyes, meat is murder – the whole program.”

“For many years I was convinced, meat is murder.”

But five years ago, his girlfriend found out she had to take her hunting license as part of her forestry qualification. The couple were both vegetarians at the time, but Fabian found himself increasingly interested in the process of harvesting food from the land around him, and decided to take his own hunting qualification.

Photo by Fabian Grimm

Photo by Fabian Grimm

Photo by Fabian Grimm

He said: “I think it’s an honest choice to live alongside an animal, harvest it and consume all of it. Hunting means I interact closely with the habitat and lifecycles of the wild animals. It is wonderful to spend so much time in the forest and try to understand it better and better – wild herbs, fruits, mushrooms and berries now also find their way into the kitchen.”

While it took him a while to butcher and prepare his first animal, Fabian now harvests, butchers and prepares around 10 roe deer, 2 to 3 wild boar and some ducks and hares every year.

“It’s an honest choice to live alongside an animal, harvest it and consume all of it.”

In fact, he and his girlfriend only eat the meat they kill themselves, joining a growing tribe of ‘wild eaters’ (including Facebook founder, Mark Zuckerberg) who live a vegan or vegetarian lifestyle, apart from the meat they’ve hunted or butchered themselves.

Fabian adds: “I have given supermarket meat a try a few times, when I was invited somewhere and didn’t want to be the picky eater – but I did not enjoy it. When farmed pigs get butchered, they are six months old with a weight around 90 kg. A wild boar of the same age wouldn’t weight more than 30kg as it just grows so much slower, with a lot of exercise. Naturally that makes a huge difference.

“Of course, it’s not possible for everyone to hunt, still, I would recommend anyone interested to give it a try, or to accompany a hunter a few times. Keeping and butchering a few chicken or rabbits yourself is also a great way to look your meat in the eyes, and it’s always a good idea to try to find out where your meat comes from.”

Find out more about Fabian and his wild game recipes here.

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