Elk Mound (WQOW) – Archery and crossbow hunting for deer starts Saturday, and some hunters may want to hold off because the forecast heat can impact your harvest.
Randy Grossbier, a hunter and owner of Spring Brook Meats, said the meat of arrow-shot game could already be spoiled by the time it’s tracked down, rotting in the 80-degree sun. Hunters should track their game within three hours to make sure it’s safe to eat.
“Don’t be afraid young people, ask for help from either their parents or somebody you are hunting with and so forth, instead of celebrating their kill right away maybe you should celebrate after you got the deer is taken care of properly because that’s all part of the hunt too,” Grossbier said.
The arrow-shot game must be gutted as soon as possible, rinsed with cold water, and hung outside in the shade to release the animal’s body heat. After that process is done, Grossbier said the animal needs to be packed with ice.