Lean or Fat Game

When you are deciding on how you are going to prepare or preserve wild game meat, you may need to know if the species is considered to be lean or fat. Here is a guide for that determination.

Lean Game

Antelope
Buffalo
Caribou
Chukar partridge, white meat
Deer
Dove, dark meat
Elk
Hungarian partridge, dark meat
Moose
Pheasant, white meat
Pigeon, dark meat
Quail, white meat
Ruffed Grouse, white meat
Sharptail grouse, dark meat
Snipe, dark meat
Turkey (wild), white meat
Woodcock, dark meat

Medium Lean

Rabbit
Squirrel

Fat

Bear
Beaver
Duck, dark meat
Goose, dark meat
Muskrat
Opossum
Raccoon
Woodchuck

Keep your fork

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