Venison is an Excellent Low-Fat Alternative to Beef
SOUTH CHARLESTON, W.Va. –-(AmmoLand.com)- West Virginia deer hunters gain more than a freezer filled with an ample amount of venison (deer meat) after each hunting season. Those concerned with healthier choices in their diet have gained a supply of low-fat meat compared to beef.
“Venison is a healthful source of protein and many West Virginia families supplement their diet with nutritious venison harvested in the Mountain State,” noted Curtis Taylor, Chief of the Wildlife Resources Section of the West Virginia Division of Natural Resources (DNR). “Venison has fewer calories and nearly five times less fat than the equivalent serving of beef.”
After the harvest, hunters can ensure their selected venison cuts will be the best quality and flavor if they take a few simple steps in caring for their game. Meat should not be exposed to excessive heat and moisture and should be cooled as quickly as possible to avoid spoilage.
Hunters are not the only West Virginians who benefit from deer harvested in the state. Over the past 17 years, the DNR has sponsored the Hunters Helping the Hungry Program (HHH). Since its inception in 1992, hunter-donated venison has provided more than 925,000 meals for needy West Virginia families.
For more information about the HHH program or West Virginia’s various deer hunting seasons and regulations, consult the 2009-2010 West Virginia Hunting and Trapping Regulations Summary available at all DNR Offices and license agents or visit the DNR Web site at www.wvdnr.gov.