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.
- 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.
- 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.