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Warm Weather Raises Venison Safety WorriesSubmitted: 11/19/2012
Story By Associated Press

MADISON - State officials warn deer hunters that the relatively warm temperatures can affect the quality of their meat.

Cindy Klug, manager of the Bureau of Meat Safety and Inspection, says harmful bacteria can grow quickly when temperatures are above 40 degrees.

She says there are some things hunters can do to ensure the venison doesn't spoil.

The state recommends field dressing the carcass immediately after harvest.

It also recommends washing the body cavity with cold, clean water and putting it on ice or refrigerating it as soon as possible.

Hunters should not leave venison or other wild game in a car trunk and should avoid hanging the carcass in the garage in warm weather.

(Copyright 2012 Associated Press - All Rights Reserved)


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