HOG HUNTING STRATEGIES
How To Field Dress Wild Pigs, Wild Hogs & Sows
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HOW TO Field Dress a WILD Hog
Encouraging hunters to take precautions when dressing and handling
harvested wild hogs.
Wild hogs, though not originally native to Florida, are now found within all 67
counties, and like any wild animal, can carry parasites and diseases - some
of which can be transmitted to people. One such disease for hunters to be
concerned with is swine brucellosis.
The FWC is advising hunters handling wild hog carcasses to take the
following precautions to protect themselves from exposure to this bacterial
- Avoid eating, drinking or using tobacco when field-dressing or
open wounds or lesions will help provide protection.
- Use latex or rubber gloves when handling the carcass or raw meat.
- Avoid direct contact with blood, reproductive organs and fecal matter.
- Wearing long sleeves, eye protection and covering any scratches,
exposed surfaces when finished.
- Clean and disinfect knives, cleaning area, clothing and any other
- Wash hands frequently with soap and water.
When cooking wild hog, as with any wild game, care in handling is an
important part of disease prevention, and the meat should be cooked
thoroughly to 170 degrees. Swine brucellosis is not transmitted through
properly cooked meat.
Brucellosis in people is called undulant fever and could be transmitted if a
hunter cuts him/herself while field-dressing a wild hog or was exposed to
the animal's blood or bodily fluids. Symptoms include a recurrent fever,
chills, night sweats, weakness, headaches, back pain, swollen joints, loss
of appetite and weight loss.
Hunters who exhibit these symptoms or may have been exposed should
contact a physician.
Dogs, especially hog hunting dogs and dogs fed or exposed to raw feral
swine meat or offal, are also at risk for infection. Infected dogs not only may
develop swine brucellosis but could pass the disease on to people. Please
contact your veterinarian for further information.
We field dress hundreds of hogs each year during our wildlife nuisance
hog hunting. Hogs are three times the risk as deer for blood borne
diseases. Latex or Nitrile gut gloves are your best bet, very inexpensive
and a cost saver for us but safety is the primary concern while field
dressing a wild hog. Fit and feel is near perfect and without limitations,
gloves also help your grip on your knife and keep your clothing much
cleaner. Being disposable is best as you do not want to reuse anything
that has been in contact with wild animal fluids.
Field Dressing Wild Hogs
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