West Virginia Division of Natural Resources promotes wild game as healthy alternative

Highlights success of the Hunters Helping the Hungry program

SOUTH CHARLESTON, W.Va. – West Virginia’s abundant wildlife resources provide many West Virginia families with the opportunity to fill their freezers this season with an ample amount of low-fat foods, when compared to traditional meats. As an example, deer (venison) has fewer calories and nearly five times less fat than an equivalent serving of beef.
“Wildlife species that are legally taken during West Virginia’s hunting and trapping seasons provide a very healthy source of protein for many West Virginians,” according to Paul Johansen, chief of the Wildlife Resources Section of the Division of Natural Resources (DNR). “Many West Virginia families supplement their diets with nutritious venison.”
Hunters are not the only West Virginians who benefit from the state’s wildlife resources. The DNR-sponsored Hunters Helping the Hungry program processes deer for needy families. Since its inception in 1992, hunter-donated venison has provided more than 1 million meals for needy West Virginians. This year will mark the 25th consecutive year of this successful program.
For more information about the HHH program or hunting and trapping seasons regulations, consult the 2016-2017 West Virginia Hunting and Trapping Regulations Summary available at all DNR Offices and license agents or visit the DNR website at www.wvdnr.gov.

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