Wild Game can be Nutritious, Delicious and Safe

Wild Game can be Nutritious, Delicious and Safe

picture of wild game meat

Further Processed Venison
Photo Credit: Jennifer Bearden

I often get questions about eating wild game by new hunters.  Questions like: Is it safe to eat? How do you process it? How nutritious is it for my family? Does it taste good? A group of agents and specialists joined forces and created 4 new publications to answer these questions and more.

Publication #1

WILD GAME: SAFETY AND QUALITY IN THE FIELD

This publication starts with safety during the hunt. It then talks about skinning the deer and getting the meat to below 40°F as quickly as possible. It also warns hunters about zoonotic diseases and how to protect from diseases such as tuberculosis, brucellosis, and leptospirosis.

 

Publication #2

WILD GAME: FRESH MEAT PROCESSING

This publication talks about aging of meats, carcass cutting, grinding, storing, freezing and thawing. The ultimate goal is safe and tasty wild game meat in the forms that you and your family personally enjoy.

 

Publication #3

WILD GAME: FURTHER PROCESSING OF WILD GAME MEAT

This publication focuses on food safety when making items such as sausage, jerky and other cured meats.

 

Publication #4

WILD GAME: FOOD SAFETY AND NUTRITION

This publication emphasizes food safety concerns such as storage temperatures, minimum internal temperatures when cooking, thawing frozen meats properly. It also outlines how nutritious wild game meat can be.

Do you want to get into hunting and enjoying this safe, delicious, and nutritious food supply? We welcome new hunters! For Florida residents, check myFWC.com for residency qualifications, exemptions, and hunter safety requirements.

PlayCleanGo Day 5: ATVs and Trailers

ATVs and Trailers: Don’t Let Invasive Species Catch a Free Ride!

In the final installment of our PlayCleanGo program, Rick O’Connor and Carrie Stevenson will look at how you can avoid spreading invasive species when you use a vehicle outside. Utilizing a hose and brush, you can clean your vehicles and remove any harmful invasive plants that may have hitched a ride.

 

PlayCleanGo Day 4: Camping and Firewood

Tents and Firewood: Don’t Let Invasive Species Camp with You!

In the 4th installment of our PlayCleanGo program, Rick O’Connor and Carrie Stevenson will show you how to avoid the introduction of invasive species when you go camping or use a firepit. In this video, we explain how you should source your firewood and how to clean your camping equipment.

 

PlayCleanGo Day 3: Watercraft

Watercraft and Fishing: Stop Aquatic Hitchhikers: Keep your Kayak and Other Paddle Craft Clean! 

In the 3rd installment of our PlayCleanGo program, Scott Jackson will show you how to keep paddle craft clean of invasive species that may be present in the water. Inspecting, rinsing, cleaning, and drying your equipment are important steps to reduce the transmission of invasive species which can wreak havoc on our wildlife and native plants.