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Health Benefits of Hunting Wild Food


Today’s America is much different than the America of just 100 years ago. Back then, hunting your own food wasn’t just an option; if you had access to good hunting zones, you hunted to feed your family. Fresh food sourced from nature was the best way to stay healthy, ensure a self-sustaining food source, and just plain really look forward to a delicious meal at the end of the day.

What Changed?

whitetail deer hunting

Over the years, something changed. Supermarket access and fast food chains slowly weaned many people off of hunting. By as recently as 20 years ago, the vast majority of Americans were surviving off of factory-farmed meat instead.

Sure, it’s convenient ... but it isn’t necessarily healthier. In fact, the evidence for hunting being a better option is almost overwhelming, all the way from the level of physical activity to the healthier nutritional profile of meats from Texas exotic hunts, local hunting, and more. Let’s take a deeper look.

Increased Physical Activity

Hunting is a physically arduous task; even when you’re waiting in a blind for hours, you still need to hike out, set up your blind, be patient, and develop nerves of steel to succeed. On-foot hunting is obviously even more physically demanding, making it an excellent source of activity and exercise. Even the effort you put into hunting your own meat contributes to the fact that this is a better option than buying in the supermarket—at least where wellness is concerned.

Venison vs. Beef

Wild Boar

Let’s take a look at the difference between nutritional values for venison and beef. A standard 6-oz. steak of venison contains around 200 calories, yet it provides nearly 40 grams of protein, 3 mg. of iron, and just 86 mg. of sodium. In contrast, the same cut of beef contains about 400 calories, just 30 grams of protein, and a whopping 112 mg of sodium. Venison’s nutrient-dense, high-protein, and low-sodium profile makes it the healthier choice.

Other Non-Exotic and Exotic Game Hunting Targets

Nutritional profiles for other exotic and non-exotic game hunting targets also reflect similar differences. For example, 6-oz of wild turkey contains just 2 grams of fat and 44 grams of protein compared to around 3.30 grams of fat and 38 grams of protein for the same amount of domesticated meat.

Results for wild boars and pigs, ruffed grouse and chicken, and other domestic/wild comparisons are pretty much the same—leaner, more packed with nutrients, tastier, and generally better for the human body, too. Combine that with the physical health benefits of actively hunting, and you have a recipe for improved wellness.

Montgomery Properties Ranch is a self-sustaining 6,000-acre ranch with a long list of exotic game hunting animals on site. We raise and cultivate all the animals and land on our property ourselves. Start your new wild exotic food diet off the right way, or just get in a few days of high-impact exercise, with a Texas exotic hunt. Spend three or four days on a hunting trip; get a freezer full of fresh wild meat as a reward.