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Bowjangle
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Do you NEED to wear gloves when clean a hog? I've heard it both ways. If you don't have a cut on your hands and forarms aren't you okay? Or,is it the safe thing to do to always slip on rubber gloves?
I don't think ole timers did and don't think Arkansas ole timers particularly did and don't remember any talk about the diseases they got from cleaning hogs.
I'd like both some advice and a poll of you hog hunters.
Charles

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The Vanilla Gorilla
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We trap hogs around here and if none of the local hunting ranches want them, we butcher them ourselves and keep the meat. Sometimes I wear gloves, sometimes I dont. I know what the risks are. Sometimes I don't wear my seatbelt in the car either. Both practices could take me off my feet.

Here's the thing, you could have a cut on your hands, fingers, or a forearm, and even see it. A microscopic cut in skin is all it takes for one microbe to enter the bloodstream. Then you're screwed. I have a patient on my caseload right now who is missing his arm up to his elbow because he cut himself and didn't take care of the wound.

If you do not wear rubber gloves, at least make sure you wash your hands afterward in antimicrobial soap with warm water, up to your elbows for a minute each arm. If you're skinning out in the field, then yes, wear them gloves.

Its just a good idea to be safe and wear the gloves. I remember some old saying...an ounce of prevention is worth a penny earned or something?

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razorsharptokill
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Gloves are cheap. I need my arms!

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Looper
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I have a buddy that lost his little finger and part of his hand from an infection he got while cleaning a hog back in the 1990s. He nicked his finger on the broadhead that was still in the chest cavity when he was field dressing it. Not having any first aid, he just rinsed it off in the creek. Long story short, he ended up with a pretty serious infection and lost his entire little finger and the metacarpal bone on his left hand.

I'm not sure even gloves would have prevented his cut, but he definitely got the infection from the hog. I carry gloves and some soap with me in my pack. There is no sense in taking a chance.

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I am a taxidermist and always wear gloves, so yes I would. Better safe than sorry!
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Its good to use gloves. You just never know what is in the blood or under the skin. I own a hunting ranch that is hog hunting only. I have butchered hogs that have had broadheads in them. There is usually a nasty greenish knot that smells horid. I wouldn't want to take a chance of getting that stuff in a cut.
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I stop immediatly to put blood of hog into my anisette...
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Bill Turner
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Surgical gloves are a good idea. They help combat infection, but they also make clean-up so much easier. I keep a box in my kitchen at home, as well as in my hunting vehicle. I always carry them in my fanny pack/back pack when in the field. [campfire]
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I always use gloves, buy the yellow thick ones made for bath cleaning. The surgical one ripe too easily on the ribs,ect. Also, I carry a small bottle of hand sanatizer in my pack.
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I have cut into many hogs and have not worn gloves, no problems yet. I would have to agree with the rest of this thread it is a good idea like wearing saftey glasses when you weedeat I know I should but don't always do what I should.
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+1 on gloves. Cheap - why not? This is one of those natural selection issues. H
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I have a buddy who contracted brucellosis (sp?) through cleaning a hog. Knocked the stuffing out of him big time! He will not kill or clean o hog to this day.

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same as M Sights....I buy a buch of the heavy yellow dish gloves at the start of each season and they go directly to the bottom of my pack/Also carry the hand sanitizer and baby wipes.
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Yes, even with deer.

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I agree with Fletcher! I use gloves with deer and hogs. I actually even use gloves with small game and fish. As Bill Turner said, they make clean-up easier. Since I put away my rifles I haven't had to clean too much game [Smile] If I put away my shotgun come next bird season, I may not need to buy gloves for a while. LOL [Smile]

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