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Warm weather could be harmful to venison

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MADISON (WKOW) – State officials are warning deer hunters that the warm temperatures for opening weekend across Wisconsin could affect the quality of their venison.

Manager of the Bureau of Meat Safety and Inspection Cindy Klug said when temperatures are above 40 degrees harmful bacteria can grow quickly.

Klug said there are certain things the hunters can do to ensure the venison doesn't spoil quickly.

State officials recommend field dressing the deer carcass immediately after harvest.  The body cavity should be washed in cold, clean water and put on ice or in a refrigerator as soon as possible.

Hunters shouldn't leave venison or other wild game in the car trunk or hang the carcass in the garage in warm weather.

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