Game meat safety for recreational deer hunters
Recent changes to laws mean that recreational hunters with a Game Licence endorsed for deer can now have their wild deer butchered and processed for their personal consumption by certain recreational harvest service providers.
It is important for hunters to note that these service providers are not licensed by PrimeSafe (the Victorian meat safety regulator) and can only process harvested deer for the hunter’s personal consumption.
If you decide to use these recreational harvest service providers, you should ensure that the operator has sufficient practices in place to process your product safely and hygienically.
The quality and safety of wild game is also directly related to the health of the animal and how safely, quickly and competently it was field dressed, stored, cooled and transported, prior to processing.
This guide will help you to manage the risks under your control: