Three Smart Reasons to Eat Venison Over Beef

Our main meat sources are venison, free range chicken, and fish.  Jay enjoys a beef steak from time to time, but not often since hunting wild cow is not a thing yet, and grass fed beef that is not shot up with steroids and antibiotics is very expensive. We choose venison over beef because it is more nutritious than beef, and venison usually only costs one bullet/arrowhead, and some time. But the time investment we don't consider a hard cost since time spent in the creation of the forest is not work, but pleasure. 

Bow season for deer is now open in the state of Tennessee so you gotta know who gets up and hits the woods every morning until the freezer is restocked with good healthy meat.  Hubs. Two nice size deer seem to be enough, but three will give us plenty and more to share with friends. 
I did not grow up eating venison. My diet was mostly bacon, Tab and Twinkies, but that's a different topic. If you are a meat lover but have not had venison, let me inform you of a few benefits of eating wild game instead of commercially processed meats. 

  • To not support the mainstream beef industries choices in how they raise cattle. You probably have your head in a hole if you do not realize the brutality and terrible conditions that befall most cattle in our country raised to become rib eye on our plates.  Many cattle are bred, groomed, and processed only with monetary profit in mind, which over time has opened up an entire gamut of issues now that we know the effects of these practices on the human body.  Many (not all) ignore the facts of what steroids, antibiotics, and the terrible life conditions this type meat has on our bodies.  All this without even going into the slaughtering process. Yikes!  For us, this is the number one reason we choose venison over commercially processed beef for dinner. 
  • To keep clean deer population on our public lands. The art of the hunt, and the pursue of organic large game is on the decline leaving a lot of breeding going on in the forest.  Overpopulated public and private lands butt right up against our interstates and byways.  Deer are so plentiful we see them grazing by the interstates without fear.  Sadly, many end up involved in serious car accidents by unsuspecting drivers during early morning and night travels. Clearing out the overpopulation of venison is important to public safety as well as the forest itself.  The Wildlife Resource Agency sets the rule for when, how, and how many whitetail each hunter can bag in order to keep the lands in balance from overpopulation vs. underpopulated. The final count for the 2014 deer hunt in the state of Tennessee was upward of 164,000 white tails taken from public hunting land by archery, muzzle loader and traditional firearm methods. That is a lot of meat.  Thus, the hunt is important to both us and the forest. 
  • Nutritional benefits.  There are not huge differences in comparing nutritional values of the two meats, but enough to say venison is in fact better for ya.  Venison has one third the fat of beef per 4 ounce serving.  The cholesterol content is even more than a third less, and venison has 185 fewer calories per serving than does beef. The protein content of deer meat is about the same as beef and the iron is higher.  Here it is in chart form.  Because everything is better charted, right? 
Of course my cutesy sketch about nutritional differences between venison and beef is just for fun, but the facts are real.  If you are a beef lover, skip a few beef steaks for some venison tenderloin.  And if you don't hunt yet, take a hunter's safety course and get yourself a license to enjoy nature in a whole new way as you learn to hunt for food, help the forest, and boost your body with some extra iron and less fat.  

Oh, and don't flip your lid if you hear something strange in the woods. Sasquatch is hibernating!
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