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The way you handle game after it’s harvested can have a significant impact on the quality of the meat.

Hunter with trophy game

Basic field dressing techniques will help cool game by removing entrails and will prevent the growth of bacteria, which can cause meat to spoil. Three major factors contribute to bacteria growth.

  • Heat is the number one concern. Bacteria grow rapidly in a carcass, especially if it is allowed to stay warm. Meat begins to spoil above 40° Fahrenheit.
  • Moisture also encourages the growth of bacteria.
  • Dirt can introduce bacteria.