Whew. Interesting first post.
My ex and his parents were big time hunters and I do have to say if you are going to eat meat, this is the "better" way to go about it. (Ducks rotton vegetables being thrown). At least you're aware of the process your meal goes through from living, breathing creature to backstrap steak for dinner.
I had some Adventist influence growing up as well, and though it may have influenced my growing up vegetarian somewhat, my compassion for God's creation has been what's strongly influenced my choice to live a vegan lifestyle. You do realize it's whole lifestyle, right? Not just a diet like "Atkins" that you can't stay on forever or it'll damage the heck outta your kidneys...but I digress...
I agree with the others that you can't be "Vegan except for...". It's definitely admirable that you want to be healthy and eat less meat. There's many people out there who ascribe to this sort of eating and it's definitely more healthy than many of the alternatives.
You do realize, however, that the title of this board is "VEGGIE" Booards? Meaning that people here are most likely going to support those who are vegetarian, vegan, or those who are really trying to be. (Not trying to be argumentative) but it doesn't sound like you are interested in those catagories. My question, I guess, is: What exactly are you looking for, from VB
Most of us are going to want to encourage you to be vegetarian or vegan... if you aren't interested in that, what can we offer you? Your wife sunds like she needs to understand the whole carbs concept better. If she's eating a whole foods diet with whole, unprocessed grains as part of it, she won't be having a problem with wanting less carbs and more protein. There's a lot of info here on VB
about healthy food choices and ways to lose weight as a veg*n. If that's what you're looking for, check out some of the relevant threads using the search function. Pretty handy that.
If you're wanting us to condone your "not vegetarian/hunter/sometimes eat fish" lifestyle, that may be a long tme in coming. I am sure you're welcome to read, ask questions, discuss and learn. But the whole "I still am planning to hunt, kill and eat meat" thing is going to be a little tough for some of us to swallow (no pun intended).
While eating some venison probably isn't going to hurt you - healthwise - I think there's many of us here who still can't get past the fact that it still does hurt another creature in the process...the deer. (I know, you've heard it all, sorry).
I always tell new vegetarians to this board "Vegetarianism is a journey, the path will have ups and downs - good luck on that journey"... I guess I'd wish you the same thing, just not alltogether sure where you want to be headed on your journey.