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Get Your Deer Processed Quickly In Warm WeatherSubmitted: 11/19/2012
Story By Matt Doyle

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RHINELANDER - The warm November temperatures might make the gun season more enjoyable for some hunters.

But for those who killed a deer, there's less time to get it field dressed and processed.

Harmful bacteria can grow quickly on dead deer - especially in warm weather.

That could put your fresh venison at risk.

Jamie Cline from the Trig's Smokehouse says people need to cool the deer down quickly.

"With the high temperatures, the 50 plus degrees, or summer temperatures," Cline said.

"With the hide on it, it's just like cooking the deer. This warm weather, they need to get the hide off, get it quartered out, get it in refrigeration. The meat will just start spoiling."

The state recommends field dressing the deer right away and washing the body cavity with clean, cold water.

Cline says they've had about 40 people bring in deer for processing.

He expects those numbers to keep increasing over the next few days.

"They should get it skinned out and quartered and at least put in a cooler with bags of ice to keep it cooled down," Cline said.

"Get it in the freezer or the cooler and get it cooled down until they can get it in to us and we can take care of it for them."

If you can't get the deer to a processing facility quickly, you need to get it in a refrigerator or a freezer ASAP.

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