Here's a quote about lead poisoning in those who eat wild deer. But, by far, eating wild fish is THE most dangerous thing. Our cousins were told to NEVER eat wild fish again, as they nearly died from mercury poisoning and their nervous systems are irreparably damaged from mercury, despite the chelation. (They live on farms and now they farm their own fish, and the fish are tested for mercury regularly, and always test negative. As for deer and bear, they no longer eat this. They nearly lost their lives due to it. I'd personally rather eat "pink slime" in my meat than the parasites, mercury, lead, and other heavy metals in wild game. (But, I have a good butcher who ONLY takes our ground beef from either round or sirloin, no pink slime in his meat.
)But, the choice is your.... as long as you know the risks.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention tested 736 people, mostly adults, in six North Dakota cities and found that those who ate wild game had 50 percent more lead in their blood than those who did not eat it. The lead exposure was highest among people who consumed not only venison, but also birds and other game, according to the study published last month in the journal Environmental Research.
Those who ate wild game meat had average lead levels of 1.27 micrograms per deciliter, compared with 0.84 for those who ate no game. Most said they either hunted the animals themselves or obtained the meat from friends or family members.
“What was most troubling is that as wild game consumption increases, the blood-lead levels increase,” said study co-author Mary Jean Brown, chief of the CDC’s lead poisoning prevention branch. “The strong recommendation we would make is that pregnant women should not consume this meat.”
The CDC is planning a second round of testing this year involving hunters in Wisconsin, Brown said.
It sounds all cool and trendy and off the grid, but there's a reason our ancestors moved to farming instead of hunting, and health is only ONE of the many reasons.
It's up to the individual. But, if you want to catch and eat wild meat, you should know the risks, all of them. And the risks are an order of magnitude higher than with farmed meat.