A recent survey commissioned by the National Shooting Sports Foundation found that 67 percent of respondents have eaten non-farmed wild game meat or fish within the last year. That’s a pretty impressive number, and it goes to show that all you wild chefs out there are doing your job– sharing what you kill and cooking with your friends and neighbors.
Let’s not rest on our laurels though. I propose we make it our collective goal to increase that percentage by convincing even more folks that wild game and fish is not only good for the soul, it’s good for the body and the environment too. Next time your hipster friends start going on about how they paid $30 for an organic chicken at the farmer’s market, bust out these five facts about why wild game is better.
1. Wild fish and game are naturally organic, free of antibiotics, growth hormones or other drugs. They’re not genetically modified or in any other way unnaturally “enhanced.”
2. You can’t get much more local than fish or wild game, most of which are taken within 100 miles of the hunter or angler’s home, greatly reducing the amount of fossil fuels used in transporting it to its’ final destination– your freezer.
3. Wild game is the original sustainable, free-ranging, grass-fed meat.
4. Wild fish and game is relatively inexpensive. Resident deer tags range anywhere from $5-$30. In exchange for your license fee, you not only get the experience of hunting in the great outdoors, but also, if you’re lucky, you’ll end up with an average of about 50 pounds (dressed and boned) of fresh venison.
5. Wild game is lower in fat, cholesterol, and calories than most other meat. It’s also high in protein, iron and vitamin B, yet low in saturated fat.