This is a really tastey way to do meatloaf. The venison brings some extra complexities to your favorite classic dish. If venison is unavailable, this is still a great recipe for a regular meatloaf. Be sure to choose lean beef if you're going to use that. Additionally some people like to add crushed saltine cracker to give the loaf more hold. I don't like it and don't add it to this recipe. Having said that the loaf stays together pretty well on its own, but feel free to add 1/3 cup crushed crackers if desired.