Knowing how to properly care for wild game harvested in the field is important. Use the resources listed below to learn more about proper meat care, different field dressing techniques, processing, cooking and more.
To the best of your ability, you will want to keep meat cool and clean. Keeping meat cool prevents it from spoiling and keeping meat clean leads to higher quality table fare. Use these resources below to learn more about proper meat care.
Keeping Meat Cool
Field dressing your animal promptly and hanging it in the shade can be critical for cooling the meat and preserving it. Quartering big game is another way to cool the meat and prepare the animal for transportation out of the field. In warm weather, hunters should pay particular attention to keeping their animal out of direct sunlight and allow air to circulate as much as possible to cool the field-dressed animal.
Keeping Meat Clean
During field dressing, take special care to avoid touching glands and then handling meat, or puncturing the animals stomach. Keeping the meat clean and uncontaminated in the field preserves the quality of all cuts of meat for future consumption.
When harvesting a big game animal (except in the case of mountain lion or black bear) you are required to take the meat from both front quarters as far as the distal joint of the radius-ulna (knee), hindquarters as far as the distal joint of the tibia-fibula (hock), and the meat along the backbone between the front and hind quarters. While this is the minimum requirement, you should salvage as much of the edible meat as possible. Neck meat and shanks, for example, are not required to be taken but make for wonderful cuts of meat in the kitchen. Use the resources below to learn more about different cuts and see the diagram that outlines what meat is required to be taken after harvesting an animal.
After harvesting a big game animal and filling out your harvest information on your tag, you will need to field dress your animal. Use the resources linked here to learn about the different field dressing techniques you can use to do this.
Whether you are butchering and packaging meat at home or taking your harvest to a meat processor, we want to share resources with you here to make meat processing easier.
Cooking wild harvested game may seem intimidating, but with these resources you can learn how to prepare great food that you and your entire family will enjoy.
Wild harvested meat is some of the highest quality and most nutrient-dense food that can be found anywhere.These meats are generally lean protein sources that are lower in cholesterol and lower in fat in comparison to domestic products. Wild harvested meats are also free of any additives such as antibiotics or growth hormones. To learn more about the nutritional benefits of wild harvested foods use the resources listed below.
For those looking for meat donation opportunities, there are many local food banks, food assistance programs, and similar non-profit entities that happily accept meat donations.
Taxidermy services are provided by licensed taxidermists found throughout our state. A list of Nevada licensed taxidermists as well as information on how to properly cape an animal can be found in the links below.
Before you transport game mammals, tagged species, game birds, game fish, mammals taken by trapping, or raw furs, check to see if you need a transportation permit. Information on transportation permits and a list of vendors who sell them can be found in the links below.