Sunday, January 29th, 2023
Sunday, January 29th, 2023

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So you want to be healthy: Go hunting

With hunting seasons already open, or set to open soon, many hunters will be filling their freezers with meat.
In recent years, there’s been increased emphasis on taking and preparing game. While hardcore hunters consider butchering and eating their harvest an integral part of the experience, it seems like the eating part of the hunting equation has drawn new people to hunting in recent years.
We’ve all heard that wild game meat, in general, is healthier than store-bought versions, so the idea here is to put some figures behind that assertion. Remember, the taste of your wild game depends to a large degree on how you handle it and cook it, but below are the nutritional values for a variety of species, as well as for some of the domestic meat we commonly eat.
The following numbers have been derived from several sources, and represent what you can expect to find in a 3- to 3.5-ounce piece of meat.

White-tailed deer
Calories: 134
Fat: 3 grams
Protein: 26 grams

Calories: 137
Fat: .9 grams
Protein: 23 grams

Calories: 102
Fat: 4 grams
Protein: 16 grams

Canada goose
Calories: 201
Fat: 12 grams
Protein: 24 grams

Wild turkey
Calories: 163
Fat: 1 gram
Protein: 26 grams

Calories: 140
Fat: 1 gram
Protein: 24 grams

Calories: 207
Fat: 9 grams
Protein: 27 grams

Black bear
Calories: 220
Fat: 11 grams
Protein: 28 grams

Calories: 114
Fat: 1 gram
Protein: 25 grams

Calories: 213
Fat: 13 grams
Protein: 22 grams

Calories: 219
Fat: 13 grams
Protein: 25 grams

Domestic turkey
Calories: 153
Fat: 1 gram
Protein: 34 grams

Calories: 147
Fat: 8 grams
Protein: 19 grams

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