The Gov't Guide For Exploding Animal Carcasses

Eric Scheiner
By Eric Scheiner | December 30, 2013 | 9:12 AM EST

As 2013 comes to an end many of us are in a rush to wrap up our ‘to do’ list for the year.

One item you may have not had the time to get to is obliterating those unwanted animal carcasses with explosives. Luckily, the government has some recommendations.

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It’s been almost two decades since the USDA and the U.S. Forest Service published their “Tech Tips” on the subject, but many believe the information is as pertinent now as it ever was.

Published in January of 1995, “Obliterating Animal Carcasses With Explosives” still remains an essential document on the proper “how to” for the obliteration of large carcasses.

Some important selections from the guide include:

“It is important to consider location, time of year, and size of the carcass when selecting the quantity and type of explosive to accomplish the obliteration task.”

“Place 1 pound (1.36 kilograms) of explosives under the carcass in four locations. The carcass then can be rolled onto the explosives if necessary.”

“Horseshoes should be removed to minimize dangerous flying debris.”

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“Carcasses that have been partially obliterated will generally not show any trace of existence the next day.”

Hopefully, you will find the link to this guide useful. But remember, it is important to “Consult a qualified blaster when explosives are to be used.”

Be safe, this year and into the next.

Eric Scheiner
Eric Scheiner
Eric is the Senior Video Producer for