Field Dress and Transport Deer Safely
To field dress and transport deer safely:
- Dress the carcass as soon as possible.
- Remove any visible dirt, feces, hair and bloodshot areas.
- For starters, you need to keep the carcass clean and quickly cool it to 35-40° F to prevent bacterial growth.
- Clean your knife frequently between cuts to avoid contaminating the meat.
- Wipe out the cavity with individual paper towels and prop the cavity open with a clean stick to aid in air circulation.
- If you wash the cavity with water, dry the area quickly to prevent spoilage.
- After cleaning the cavity, you can add ice or snow sealed in plastic storage bags and pack them in the cavity.
- Keep the carcass out of direct sunlight. Don't tie the carcass across the hood or roof of a car or put it in the trunk while it is still warm.
- If the carcass is skinned in warm weather and flies are a problem, keep surfaces clean, sprinkle with ground pepper and cover with cheesecloth.
- For immediate use, store the venison in the refrigerator and use within two to three days or freeze.
- Care and Handling of Deer From Field to Table — Kansas State University
- Game & Fish – North Dakota State University
Revised by Kathy Brandt 2015