The Benefits

For many people living in Alberta, it's hard to imagine that the meat we eat was once a living animal. And it's even harder to imagine being the person responsible for taking the life of that animal. We get it. And we challenge you to challenge yourself to take on that responsibility.

Only You’ll Know

Only when your finger is on the trigger will you know if you can harvest an animal to put meat on the table. If and when you do, you’ll understand the respect so many hunters across Alberta feel for the wildlife that feeds them and their families.

Connecting with your food

Walking into a grocery store is far more convenient and takes a lot less planning. But like buying processed fruit snacks and actual fruit is different, you might find that harvesting protein from the wild is worth the effort. Meat procured "from field to fork" is healthy for you, raised by nature, and harvested humanely and ethically – by you.

There’s one thing for sure: hunting really connects you with where your food comes from.

Find out from real Albertans why they choose to harvest their own.

Because, Health is Everything

Wild meat is a lean protein. It’s low in fat, thanks to the animal’s higher level of activity as well as its natural diet (i.e. no heavy grain and corn-based diets). Wild animals roam free, breed naturally, and do not need antibiotics. Truly organic by nature.

Feel good about putting healthy food on the table. Feel good about eating locally. Feel good about filling your freezer for a whole year.

Nutritional Values for Common Game Species in Alberta (100 g portions)

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

Proven and Planned

In Alberta, government biologists manage hunting by monitoring numbers and adjusting the available licences annually to reflect what's happening to animal populations in the different areas of the province. Hunting, backed by science, has long proven to be a valuable and responsible wildlife management tool.

Hunters play a key role in conservation of the wildlife and habitats we all value and enjoy!

Ready to harvest your own?

We have a series of articles to help you get started:

 

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