Marian's Hunting Stories, etc., etc., etc...

Marian's Hunting Stories, etc., etc., etc...
Stories of my hunting experiences with family, friends or whatever else I want to blog about.

A Dixie Lady Deer Hunter

Article by Fred Messina, editor of "On Target Outdoors" from The Vicksburg Evening Post on Friday, January 19, 1990. Photo by Bob Phillips.

Bob Phillips came up the other day with a photo of his wife Marian and a deer she got on Brown's Point New Years Eve. The deer was an 8-point with 16 inches of inside spread that weighed in at 190 pounds. A nice trophy in anyone's book. However, the tale Bob told is that this was Marian's fourth deer this year and he claimed that he would have done better than he did if he had not spent so much time hauling Marian's deer out of the woods. Come off it, Bob. We all know who the hunter was.

Monday, April 09, 2012

Wild Game: A Very Healthy Food Group

I just read that wild game is now considered one of 11 in the healthiest of food groups. According to Rodale (Where Health Meets Life) they liked wild game because it was "free of the taint of chemical fertilizers" since the animals forage for food in the wild. It is a healthy super food that's a prescribed diet by some physicians of wild game to patients with high blood pressure.

Wild animals aren't just free of the taint of chemical fertilizers, they're also free of hormones, antibiotics, and even the antibiotic-resistant bacteria so common in factory-farmed animals, according to a study published last year in the journal Applied and Environmental Microbiology.  Meat from deer, elk, wild boar, and other feral creatures also has fewer calories, lass saturated and total fat, and even lower levels of cholesterol.  The primary concern with wild game is lead contamination; hunters use leaded bullets, fragments of which can get introduced into the meat.  

The advice was quoted as saying, "Go to the hunting regions during the proper season.  Many of the resorts serve venison and other game meats."  But you don't really have to travel that far in this day and age.  A number of online retailers sell wild game meats.  Just be sure to ask about whether the retailer tests for lead.

I was totally unaware that you could purchase venison online.  Since my husband and I have been hunters for over 27 years I have found out that it is a very healthy way to go and good for you.  We try to get at least two deer a year and will last us until next season.  I usually take it to a meat processor and they make it into deer burgers and/or sausage for us.  I do keep out the tenderloin for steaks. Also, if we are lucky to get another deer, I will save the hindquarters for roast.  It is a healthy way to go and lucky that we have been exposed to the sport of hunting for food.

The other healthy food groups within are - salt water fish, kelp, mushrooms, coconut, watercress, wild berries, wild rice, organic maple syrup, raw honey and nuts. 


Lindsjö taxar said...

We eat a lot of moose meat. We´ve got about 80 kg last season. We ate moose all day to dinner the whole Easter. Best meat you can get and it tast wonderful.

Marian Love Phillips said...

I've never ate moose before and maybe one day I will. Hope your Easter was a good one! :)

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