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Stephen S. McDaniel, Director

News Release: October 19, 2017

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Gary Foster, Wildlife Resources Section, 304-637-0245 Gary.M.Foster@wv.gov

Wild game: an excellent nutritional alternative to beef and other farmed meat

FRENCH CREEK, W.Va. — West Virginia's abundance of wildlife provides opportunities for many families to fill their freezers with an ample amount of highly nutritious wild game.

Wild game can provide a healthy, high-protein alternative to beef and other commercial meats. For example, white-tailed deer (venison) has fewer calories and contains approximately five times less fat than an equivalent serving of beef.

"Wild game that is legally harvested during one of West Virginia's hunting seasons provides a healthy source of protein for many West Virginians," said Tyler Evans, wildlife biologist with the West Virginia Division of Natural Resources. "Many families incorporate venison, wild turkey and other wild game into their diets on a regular basis."

Hunters and their families are not the only West Virginians who benefit from the state's abundance of wildlife resources. The DNR-sponsored Hunters Helping the Hungry Program processes deer for needy families and individuals in the Mountain State. Since the program’s inception in 1992, 941,066 pounds of hunter-donated venison has provided more than 1.2 million meals for needy West Virginians. The 2017 hunting season will mark this successful program’s 26th year.

For more information about the Hunters Helping the Hungry Program, visit the DNR website at www.wvdnr.gov or call the DNR district office in French Creek at 304-924-6211.