How Does Wild Game Stack up Against Meat From the Supermarket?
There’s been a big push in recent years toward sustainably farmed, locally raised meat untainted by growth hormones or antibiotics. Beef, chicken and turkey raised in these conditions are considered better for you than the standard factory-farmed versions, but they can be prohibitively expensive and unavailable in many areas.
Enter game meat. As a modern pioneer, you likely already hunt and fish for a large portion of the meat your family consumes each year, but how does it stack up against farmed meat in regard to health benefits?
Obviously, wild game is by its nature free range and grass (or mast) fed meat, qualities that can fetch high prices at the supermarket. Wild game is also lower in fat, cholesterol and calories than other meat, with the added benefits of higher protein, and greater iron and B-vitamin content.
Hunting and fishing for wild game is a relatively inexpensive proposition, as well, with resident tags usually running from $5-30. Not to mention, you’ll boost the health benefits of game meat by enjoying a pleasurable pastime in the outdoors, reducing stress and getting exercise.
“Locally produced” is a buzzword these days. Since most hunters venture within a 100-mile radius of their home to hunt— the measure of what is considered locally produced—game meat fills the bill.
Wild game is also free from the hormones and antibiotics necessary to factory-farmed meat production.
For some delicious recipes using lean and healthy venison, check out Spencer Neuharth’s article, “4 Must-make Deer Camp Entrees,”