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 People are becoming more health conscious than ever, and realizing that what they eat makes a big difference in their health and their overall wellbeing.

 Hunters already know this, but others may wish to consider a sport that can provide healthy meat for the family. Wild game sometimes gets a bad rap from people who think it tastes bad or they don’t like the idea of eating wild animals.

 Here are a few reasons wild game is a great choice, according to grandviewsoutdoors.com:

Fat and the Meatloaf Test

 There is virtually no fat in wild game. Nothing drives this home more than the sight of meatloaf made with wild game versus a loaf made with beef. The grease that pools in the bottom of the Pyrex dish when meatloaf is made with beef is the only endorsement many will ever need in favor of wild game.

 Low fat content can be attributed to the active lifestyle and natural nutrition of wild animals. Their nutrition statistics are very similar to a skinless chicken breast, with most cuts having around 110 to 130 calories, 2 grams of fat and 25 grams of protein for a 3-ounce. serving. Deer, elk and antelope are good sources of iron niacin and riboflavin.”

No Hormones or Antibiotics

 The mixture of fats found in wild game including venison and elk meat help lower cholesterol and reduce other chronic disease risk.

 While research suggests the effects of natural steroid hormones have a negligible human health impact, it seems the negative impact of antimicrobials pose a more significant risk. These injections are used for growth promotion in animals and have an adverse effect on the normal human intestinal flora.

Inherent Flavor

 Wild game has the edge when it comes to flavor. And before you assume flavor is subjective based on the desires of the palate, you’d be wrong. Exercise boosts blood circulation and this resulting increased blood circulation boosts flavor. So an active, wild animal’s meat is likely tougher than a less active, farm-raised animal’s meat, but it’s also packed with more flavor compounds.

Essential Fats

 Hunters who eat wild game benefit from essential fats, specifically omega-6 and omega-3, which are critical components of a healthy diet. The mixture of fats found in wild game including venison and elk meat help lower cholesterol and reduce other chronic disease risk.

Upcoming seasons

 The start of the big hunting seasons in Michigan are just around the corner, starting with Hunt Period 1 for elk, which is Aug. 27-30, Sept. 13-16 and Sept. 27-30. Elk hunting is restricted by a lottery permit system.

 Early antlerless firearms season in Michigan takes place Sept. 21-22 and the Liberty Hunt (for youth and hunters with disabilities) takes place Sept. 14-15. This firearm deer hunt will take place on private or public lands in Michigan. During this two-day hunt, a deer or deer combo license may be used for an antlered or antlerless deer.

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