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Health Benefits of Hunting

Health Benefits of Hunting

 

There is much debate around the issues of hunting these days. This article will not address gun laws, but rather the Michigan State University Extension nutrition and health benefits view from the sport. First off, no other sport provides both a nutritional and physical benefit. Some may say that the sport of fishing provides a nutritional and physical benefit. If you are stream fishing and have to walk to the stream or river, than yes, that is both a physical and nutritional bonus. It is true that if you sit in a blind to hunt, you are not getting as much of a cardiovascular workout as those who walk the woods. Another form of hunting is trapping. Setting traps and checking them daily is no small task. Regardless of what you hunt, hunters are people in motion.

Hunters are busy preparing blinds, tending food plots, scouting the woods, target shooting and some even train dogs. Some hunters even cut-up and package their own game, which can take more than a few days to process. Hunting is a natural physical activity that can be done alone, with friends and or with family. Many hunters state that they were taught to hunt from a family member and enjoy the quality family-time that hunting provides.

Besides the physical benefits of walking the woods, hunting provides social-emotional health benefits. Many hunters feel that they receive a therapeutic/relaxed feeling when out hunting or enjoy the quality time that it provides to be with family and friends. Many enjoy the challenges that temperature, inclement weather and terrains can add to their hunting adventure. Adding to the intrigue, there are many new reality hunting, fishing and survival television shows depicting the same message.

The objective of hunting is to bring home game meat. Game meat generally is a lean protein. Venison (meat from deer) and elk meat both are low in fat. Game birds, such as partridge and pheasants and game such as rabbit all are lean meats, meaning they have less fat too.

The benefits of hunting sports are that they provide exercise, social and emotional health benefits and a nutritious, low-fat protein. Good luck to all the hunters and if you haven’t tried hunting, fishing or trapping sports, go out and enjoy what nature has to offer, the benefits are numerous!

Source;  Author: Tracie Abram,  Michigan State University Extension

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