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Couch to Deer Camp: Lean advice for low-fat venison

Kick-off your deer season prep with a hearty, healthy venison meal.

When cooking venison, here’s how to keep it safe and low fat. Chrisanne Urban, a Marshfield Clinic dietitian, offers some lean advice.

Deer meat and wild game in general contain lower fat than meat from domesticated animals,” Urban said. “This is because animals in the wild are more active and naturally have lower body fat. But with less fat, lean meats can easily become dry when cooking and may be harder to tenderize.”

To preserve the healthful qualities of venison from forest to table, Urban recommends you:

  • Follow food safety guidelines when transporting or storing your deer for processing.
  • Wear gloves when handling internal organs.
  • Discard meat portions exposed to ammunition or fragments.
  • If you need to add oil when baking, broiling or grilling, choose unsaturated oils.
  • Use low-fat and low-sodium sauces/marinades for tenderizing and enhancing flavor.

Relive the success of last year’s deer hunt with this savory venison roast recipe.

plate of venison, carrots and red potatoes, with a salad on the side

Deer meat and wild game in general contain lower fat than meat from domesticated animals.

Slow Cooker Apple-Scented Venison Roast

Prep time: 15 minutes

Cook time: 6 hours 15 minutes

Servings: 8


  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 3 pounds boneless venison roast
  • 1 large apple, cored and quartered
  • 2 small onions, sliced
  • 4 cloves crushed garlic
  • 1 cup boiling water
  • 1 cube beef bullion


Spread olive oil on the inside of a slow cooker. Place venison roast inside and cover with apple, onions and garlic. Turn to low and cook until the roast is tender, about 6 to 8 hours.

When the roast has cooked, remove it from slow cooker and place onto a serving platter. Discard the apple. Stir the water and bouillon in the slow cooker until bouillon has dissolved. Serve this as a sauce with the roast.

Nutrition information

Each serving contains about 220 calories; 5.5 g fat; 35.2 g protein; 129 mg cholesterol; 120 mg sodium; 5.9 g carbohydrates.

Source: allrecipes.com

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This information is part of Couch to Deer Camp, a series of fitness and health tips offered by Marshfield Clinic to help you get ready for the hunt.

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Couch to deer camp provides health information and is not intended to be medical advice. Talk with your doctor prior to beginning a program of regular physical activity.

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