For many people in Wisconsin, fall means deer season, this can be bow season on gun-deer season. The University of Wisconsin Extension has several resources to help you safely handle your harvest of wild game, especially deer.
Fall weather can be variable, from mild to freezing temperatures, bare ground to snow. The best information to help you safely harvest a deer is the Wisconsin Extension publication So You Got a Deer. Pennsylvania State University has condensed much of this information into a handy Pocket Guide to Field Dressing a Deer. This comprehensive publication has been around for several years but is still a standard. With the advent of Chronic Wasting Disease in Wisconsin several years ago, resources were developed to help hunters:
- Venison and CWD: What Hunters Should Know (Public Health)
- Chronic Wasting Disease in Wisconsin (DNR)
- Processing Your Deer (UWEX)
There is also a video prepared on Safe Deer Processing prepared by the Chronic Wasting Disease Alliance. Wisconsin has an active Deer Donation program that works with hunters to donate deer to feed the hungry.
There are several resources to help hunters, and their families, preserve venison once a deer is harvested and butchered.
- Freezing Meats (University of Georgia)
- Canning Meat, Wild Game, Poultry and Fish Safely (UWEX)
- Curing and Smoking Meat (University of Georgia)
- Instructions for Making Safe Jerky at Home (UWEX)
- Making Safe Jerky in a Home Dehydrator (UWEX)
Venison is a lean meat that many hunters and their family enjoy year-round. Safe preserving! Barb