Wild Game Care Tips

Congratulations on your harvest.  We would like to provide a few tips for the best care of your animal so your meat will be in the best possible condition.  And when your done, if you need a processor, call Pioneer Meats to help.

Completely dress the animal – Immediately

  •  Take pictures then start dressing the animal.
  • Be sure to remove the lungs and esophagus, especially in elk so the meat can cool properly.
  • Take the entire urinal track and manure from beneath the pelvic bone between the hind quarters.

Proper cooling

  • Temperatures above 45 degrees are not cool enough to hang or cool wild game.
  • Quartering your animal, placing it in ice, and making sure that air can get all around the animal are other ideas to help cool your harvest.
  • Get it to your processor for proper cooling.


  • Processors prefer to have all animals, even quarters, with the skin on.
  • Keeping the skin on helps protect the meat from debris and from dragging.

Meat Handling

  • Keep the meat clean.  Dirt, grass and pine needles will need to be cleaned off to make the meat eatable.
  • Use a tarp or blanket to work on.
  • Never put meat into garbage bags, they are coated with chemicals and pesticides.
  • Use game bags if you are going to skin the animal yourself.
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