Outdoor Skills - Hunting Q&A

A friend of mine tells me that you can get infections from mule deer blood when you're gutting a carcass. I've never heard of this happening with whitetails. Is it true?

Field & Stream Online Editors

I believe it is. I've seen cut fingers, particularly cut cuticles, become badly infected after contact with mule deer blood. It's a good idea to wear surgeons' gloves when doing this kind of work whether your hands are intact or not.