I'm working on a project and am wondering if any of you have captured data on the rate of post-kill body temperature drop on big game animals up here? If you are preparing for a hunt this fall and would not mind the additional hassle, would you mind taking a few readings for me? All you need is a meat thermometer and a notepad. Here's what I need:
1. Strip off a small chunk of hide on the biggest part of the hindquarter and plunge a meat thermometer in as deeply as possible into the quarter as soon as possible after the animal is dead. Record the temperature.
2. Record a reading of the ambient air temperature.
3. Take similar temperature readings every hour until the base temperature remains constant.
It would be great if we could do this with a bull moose and with a caribou, but I'll take what I can get. Thanks to anyone willing to help with this!