Mississippi State Department of Health

Hunters: Safe Handling for Venison
When temperatures rise above 41 degrees, bacteria can grow quickly in deer meat. Follow these guidelines to help avoid contamination and illness.


Field Dressing

Dress your deer as soon as possible during warm weather. When the air temperature is over 41 degrees Fahrenheit, harmful bacteria capable of causing foodborne illness grow quickly. Follow these steps to make sure your venison stays safe to eat.

Remember, bacteria grow quickly in warm locations.


A good meat processor or butcher will:


To keep your venison fresh, observe the following guidelines.

Adapted from the Wisconsin Department of Agriculture

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