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 4°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.