For many people the opportunity to dine on flavourful wild meat is one of the prime benefits of hunting. Others, out of sorry past experience, consider game meat quite unpalatable.
Which will it be: gourmet or “gamey”? The difference depends much less on the skill of the qualifed butcher who may cut the steaks and roasts for your table than it does on the care you take as a hunter in your initial treatment of the carcass.
The basic rules:
· Place your shot carefully for a quick, clean kill with little damaged meat.
· Clean the animal as soon as possible.
· Keep the meat free of hair, dirt and other contaminants.
· Cool the carcass out and keep it cool. Don’t expose it to heat from a car motor, fumes or road dust.