Notice to Hunters
Handling and Preparing Wild Meat
Hunters can ensure that any wild game they harvest is safe to eat by following a few simple precautions:
- Avoid contact with any wild animal that appears to be sick.
- During field dressing:
- Wear disposable rubber or latex gloves.
- Thoroughly wash hands and tools afterwards with soap and warm water.
- Alcohol-based hand cleaner can be used if hands are not visibly dirty.
- Dispose of game bird remains after field dressing in a way that will prevent scavengers from contacting them.
- Avoid handling and consuming brain, eye, lymphatic or spinal cord tissue.
- Cool meat immediately to a temperature of 4Â°C or lower.
- When preparing and cooking wild game use common food handling techniques;
- Thaw and marinate meats in the refrigerator.
- Never refreeze thawed meat.
- Use a meat thermometer to ensure wild game is properly cooked. As a general rule cook wild game until the juices run clear.