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Hunters plan for warm weather

Early season big game hunts have started and hunters are already in the field to take advantage of what looks to be another great season.

But with daytime temperatures reaching the mid-90’s and the high risk for wildfires, Idaho Fish and Game encourages early season hunters to plan ahead and keep these weather-related precautions in mind.

Meat Care

A critical part of any hunt should be a plan for taking care of meat so it doesn’t spoil. The key to preserving meat in hot weather is to begin the cooling process as quick as possible. Animals should be immediately skinned, reduced to quarters in most cases, and quickly transported to cold storage.

“Having a plan in place to get meat out of the heat and cooled is the first thing to consider for early season hunts,” said Matt O’Connell, Fish and Game assistant enforcement chief. “Hunters need to remember it takes more preparation, and there’s less room for error in handling game meat, than during fall hunts when the weather is cooler.”

Wildfire Danger

With the threat of wildfire danger currently high-to-extreme in much of the state, hunters must know and abide by fire and land-use restrictions that may be in effect in the areas where they plan to hunt. Hunters are encouraged to visit for current information regarding fire restrictions or contact their local land management office.



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