When butchering a downed animal such as caribou, moose etc. I have always worn rubber gloves, due to biting insects & easy cleanup and not in fear of cuties.
I know that when skinning varmints, one is wise to wear gloves as not to catch any creepy crawling disease.
However, for years I have hunted and de-breasted many ptarmigan and grouse with no thought to put on gloves. This year I had the opportunity to hunt with several other fine hunters who seem to be a bit squirmish and insisting on wearing gloves while handling the birds. They offered no advise when seeing me without and I did not ask why they glove up. I really didn’t think about it much till I saw another group of hunters I did not know “glove up” to take care of their bird kills. I wonder if they “glove up” to handle the meat prior to cooking?
Am I missing something- Am at risk for catching some cuties or are others just being too cautious.