The Benefits

For some, it's hard to think that protein was once a living animal, and even harder to imagine being the person responsible for taking the life of the animal and converting it into the steak or turkey bacon or hotdogs you see packaged in the store. We get that, but we hope you can look past the perceived brutality and consider the benefits of harvesting your own protein. Meat procured right "from field to fork" is healthy for you, sustainably raised by Mother Nature and is treated in a humane and ethical manner.

The health benefits are numerous. Fat content is much lower than a lot of other meat sources, which affects the caloric intake as well.

Per 100 g

Energy (kCal)

Protein (g)

Fat (g)

Cholesterol (mg)

Elk (raw)

111

22.95

1.45

55

Deer (raw)

120

22.96

2.42

85

Moose (raw)

102

22.24

0.74

59

Antelope (raw)

114

22.38

2.03

95

Canada goose (breast, skinless, raw)

133

24.31

4.02

80

Pheasant (breast, skinless, raw)

133

24.37

3.25

58

Ruffed grouse (breast, skinless, raw)

112

25.94

0.88

40

*source USDA National Agriculture Library   https://ndb.nal.usda.gov/ndb/search

Harvesting your own protein allows you to connect more with where your food comes from, so you can feel good about eating locally. It also reduces costs at the grocery store, as harvesting wild protein can fill the freezer with meat for a year.

We're not interested in pointing fingers at other ways to process meat. Our only goal is to have you start thinking about why you might harvest your own protein. Walking into a grocery store is certainly more convenient and takes a lot less planning. But like buying processed fruit snacks and actual fruit is different, processing your own protein may be worth the lack of convenience.

What many non-hunters haven't experienced is the respect and gratitude that hunters feel for their game. Hunters understand what is at stake for the animal and harvest their game each season with appreciation and without waste.

Scientifically, hunting is managed by biologists who carefully monitor numbers and adjust the number of licences available annually to reflect what's happening to the animal populations in the different areas of the province. Sustainable hunting, backed by science, has long proven to be a valuable and responsible wildlife management tool.

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