Is wild venison safe to eat?

Overwhelmingly, evidence suggests that, yes, deer meat is safe to eat. Always be sure to avoid the common dangers of eating wild game meat. The discovery of CWD infected deer that were raised in captivity on farms in Crow Wing and Meeker Counties means that wild deer caught in the authorized areas surrounding those farms will undergo CWD testing during the first two days of the firearm deer season. A number of studies are currently being conducted to determine with certainty that humans cannot get CWD by eating venison from infected deer.

Hunters should always capture healthy-looking deer, follow safe processing procedures for all wild game animals, check with the state Department of Natural Resources or CDC for updates, and test deer if they have any questions. Winters also likes that the wild game he harvests is free of possible artificial hormone residues. When considering enjoying wild fish and game, here are some things to consider about the health and safety benefits of meat. Wild game seeks food in natural habitats all year round by eating grasses and nuts, resulting in “grass-fed” meat that is very lean and also contains some healthy fats, such as conjugated linoleic acids (CLA) and omega-3 fats (mainly ALA).

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