Caring for Your Venison
Every hunter wants to
reap the tasty rewards of a successful hunt.
Here are a few pointers to help you get the most
out of your venison and make that possible.
Proper care of your venison should begin with a
well placed shot. Try to get a good heart, lung
shot slightly behind the front shoulder.
As soon as you have shot, immediately track the
animal to where it is down, do not wait. It is extremely
important to get the animal field dressed as
soon as it is dead. If the carcass lays any
amount of time with the innards intact, it will
start to gas out and can taint the meat, no
matter what the outside air temperature is.
When you are field dressing be cautious and try
not to puncture the paunch, or bladder.
If you are dragging the animal, it sometimes
helps to wrap it in a cheap tarp to keep the
twigs, leaves and other debris out of the
As soon as you have access to one, use a garden
hose to wash out the cavity, especially if you
shot a little to far back, or nicked the paunch
when field dressing.
If the weather is cool prop the cavity open with
something sturdy and store the animal in an area
protected from predators until you can get it to
the processor, or, until it is thoroughly
chilled and you can cut it up yourself.
If the weather is warm, fill the clean cavity
with bags of commercial ice, or several frozen
gallon jugs of water.
If you are cutting it up yourself, it is best to
go about it as soon as the animal has cooled. If
you are taking it to a processor, it is best to
get it to them as soon as their hours permit.
If you follow these steps you will be enjoying
tasty meat all season!