Sunday, October 16, 2022

DEC: Hunting for Sustainable Fall Meals

Fall is here and that means hunting and trapping seasons are opening for deerturkey, and other game. Whether you are in the field or your kitchen, here are some tips to hunt, cook, and eat in a sustainable way:

  • Learn a variety of recipes to make the most of your game harvests. From jerky to meatballs to crockpot stews options abound.
  • Make compostable items part of your menu, this includes vegetables like carrots, potatoes, tomatoes, and more. They will provide a nice compliment to your meal and result in little or no waste.
  • Learn about venison donation programs in your area. If you have too much meat, there are ways to share with those in need so they too can have a healthy meal.
  • Make sure you properly field dress your game harvests. This helps to preserve the quality of your meat for future use.
  • Share your love of hunting with future generations. This will pass sustainable hunting and eating practices on to our youth and ultimately benefit our environment. Check out DEC’s special youth hunts. Of course, qualifying licenses and a hunter education course(s) are needed.
  • Hunt to fill your freezer and you will save on meat prices and not have to worry about supply chain shortages at the grocery store. This will also result in little or no packaging waste.
  • Make sure you know the hunting seasonstrapping seasons, and regulations in your area. This will promote an eco-system balance and safety in your game food acquisition. Remember, seasons and regulations are set for a reason – keeping our environment in mind.
  • Consider marinating your game meat to further promote tenderness and reduce any “gamey” flavor. Properly prepared deer, turkey, and other game are both good to eat and good for you. These protein sources are low in fat and can be an integral part of a healthy diet.
  • Follow the seven principles of Leave No TraceTM when afield to help protect and preserve our environment.


DEC provides information on hunting safety, seasons, and regulations. Also, check out these fall game recipes (PDF) for your next meal.

Want extra tips on how to be a friend of the environment? Visit the Living the Green Life webpage.

Mark your calendars for November 15th – NY Recycles Day! In honor of this event and recognizing the importance of recycling in our daily lives, be sure to check your inbox next month for useful recycling tips and facts.

Remember to share your favorite deer, turkey, and other game recipes with us by using #LiveGreenNY on FacebookInstagram, or Twitter.


Photo at top: A hunter and canine companion. DEC photo.

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Information attributed to NYSDEC is taken from press releases and news announcements from New York State's Department of Environmental Conservation.

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