Forest-to-Table: Czech Forest officials to open 65 new shops for direct sale of game meat

Instead of a traditional beef guláš, try out a wild boar guláš instead

Samantha Tatro

Written by Samantha Tatro
Published on 17.08.2020 15:13 (updated on 17.08.2020)

Starting this month, Czech residents around the country will be able to bring more wild game meat to their tables.

The Forests of the Czech Republic have partnered with Military Forests and Farms of the Czech Republic to launch the sale of game meat directly to the public at more than 65 locations across the country. The project, called “From the Forest to the Table,” will offer Czech residents the opportunity to buy wild game at affordable prices.

Instead of chicken or pork, forest managers are hoping that Czechs will opt for wild boar, venison and other game meat to replace traditional options. You can also buy roe deer, red deer, fallow deer, mouflon, boars and smaller forest game like hares, partridges and pheasants. Boar will be one of the cheapest game meats available for purchase.

“That game meat caught in the wild is unavailable and expensive is a myth that state foresters are refuting. We will deliver organic quality meat to people from the forest to the table, with a clear origin and a price comparable to the production of livestock meat,” Josef Vojáček, CEO of the state enterprise Lesy ČR, said. 

Forest officials plan to sell each piece of meat with certificates to detail the type of game and its origin, in accordance with the Hunting Act. The person who buys the wild game will have to cut the animal up themselves. It is unclear right now whether it will be possible to buy smaller cuts in addition to the entire animal.

In addition, the project provides recipes for wild game and instructions on how to prepare the meat for best results, so Czech residents do not have to be afraid of using the meat.

“We also want to show people that they do not have to be afraid of preparing game in the kitchen. We will recommend a number of recipes from our foresters, but also chefs from corporate restaurants, who will dispel all fears,” the head of military forests, Petr Král, said. 

Last year, overpopulated wild animals caused more than seven million Czech crowns worth of damage to Czech forests.

Compared to other countries in the EU, Czechs do not eat as much game as other residents in neighboring countries. The average Czech resident consumed more than 80 kilograms of livestock a year, Eva Jouklová, a spokeswoman for state forests, told Seznam Zpravy. Only about one kilogram of that total is game meat.