Wild Game Food Safety – From Field to Table (Virtual Recording)

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**Virtual Recording available beginning Monday, September 13, 2021**

Do you hunt or receive wild game meat from others? Are you confident in your safety practices in the field and kitchen to ensure quality meat for consumption and processing? Once you have dressed your harvest, now what? How do you handle wild game in the kitchen? How can you ensure the quality remains high and that foodborne illnesses will not become an outcome of future consumption?

Agents will:

  • Start this class with field dressing, focusing on deer, though concepts are applicable to other hunts as well
  • Discuss simple techniques to improve the food safety aspect of your harvest and help reduce the chance of any potential illness that could arise
  • Review common foodborne illnesses and outcomes related to wild game
  • Consider typical deer disease and trauma and view images of what to look for
  • Review proper food handling in the kitchen and the basics of different preservation methods

While you may not be hunting yourself, these are great tips and helpful information to know and share with those who are donating meat to you.

deer on gatorThis class is being offered through N.C. Cooperative Extension agents in Hyde, Washington, Tyrrell, and Dare Counties. Participation is open to residents in any county, as this is a virtual recording! This video was taught and recorded in September 2020 and is required to be “attended” and viewed before moving on to in-person processing classes. After registered, you will be sent a YouTube link to this recording along with a short survey that covers the main points addressed. If you attended this class in 2020, you do not need to retake it.

Our District 1 Biologist for the NC Wildlife Resources Commission also joined the class to answer more in-depth questions related to wildlife disease or trauma in our area and what you can do to help.

Registration is FREE and required: September 13 – December 7, ongoing, virtual class video

*Please note: This class will not go in-depth with preservation methods. We will be holding future classes for learning wild game processing and preservation and how to use and properly clean equipment for those methods. We will not be discussing in-depth techniques for full field-dressing of deer.


N.C. Cooperative Extension Agents:

CatieJo Black, Family & Consumer Sciences Agent, Hyde County

Rebecca Liverman, County Extension Director, Washington County & Interim Dare County

Dee Furlough, Family & Consumer Sciences Agent, Tyrrell & Dare Counties


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CatieJo Black, N.C. Cooperative ExtensionCatieJo BlackExtension Agent - Family and Consumer Sciences Call CatieJo Email CatieJo N.C. Cooperative Extension, Hyde County Center
Updated on Sep 9, 2021
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