Smoked venison ham

What is game meat?

‘Game’ is the word used to describe animals and birds that are traditionally hunted for food instead of raised on a farm.

Typically, it falls into two categories: ‘feathered’ or ‘furred’. Feathered game or game birds include grouse, pheasant, partridge, quail, snipe, wild duck, woodcock and wood pigeon. Furred game includes hare, rabbit, venison and ‘wild’ boar.

Game meat is lean and lower in fat and cholesterol than many other red meats and is a good source of protein and vitamins.

Pheasant and partridge are particularly high in protein and low in fat, cholesterol and sodium. Both also contain high levels of iron, Vitamin B(6) and selenium. Venison is high in protein, low in fat and has fewer calories than other red meats. Venison is particularly low in saturated fatty acids and contains higher iron levels than other meats.