Venison’s an Excellent Low-Fat Alternative to Beef

6 Ft White-Tail Deer
Deer Hunting
West Virginia DNR
West Virginia DNR

South Charleston, WV -( As West Virginia’s hunters take to the field, they gain more than just an enjoyable day with family and friends.

Many will successfully harvest a deer and fill their freezers with an ample amount of “heart-healthy” venison (deer meat). Venison is an excellent alternative to beef for those concerned with healthier choices in their diet.

“Venison is a healthy source of protein for many West Virginia families,” said Curtis I. Taylor, chief of the West Virginia Division of Natural Resources (DNR) Wildlife Resources Section. “Venison has fewer calories and less fat than an equivalent serving of beef. The state’s liberal deer seasons should provide ample opportunities for hunters to harvest a deer.”

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 dirt or moisture and should be cooled as quickly as possible to avoid spoilage.

For more information on West Virginia’s various deer hunting seasons and regulations, consult the 2014-2015 West Virginia Hunting and Trapping Regulations Summary available at all DNR offices and license agents or visit the DNR website at

About the West Virginia Division of Natural Resources (WVDNR)

It is the statutory mission of the West Virginia Division of Natural Resources (WVDNR) to provide and administer a long-range comprehensive program for the exploration, conservation, development, protection, enjoyment and use of the natural resources of the State of West Virginia.