Once a hunter has bagged a deer, the work is only half over. Knowing how to field dress it, skin it, process the meat, and store it for future tasty meals are skills hunters need to know.
Hunters interested in learning how to process their deer will have an opportunity to do so at a Missouri Department of Conservation’s “Field to Freezer” virtual program from 6:30-8 p.m. on Nov. 2. This program is open to all ages. People can register for this online program by clicking or tapping this link.
At this free event, MDC Conservation Educator Lyle Whittaker will provide tips on how to field dress, skin, and butcher a harvested deer. Field dressing is an important skill for hunters, even if they plan to take their deer to a processing facility. For those who want to butcher their deer, this clinic will demonstrate how to turn a harvested deer into neat packages of lean, healthy meat. Other topics covered will include the supplies needed and regulations about stored venison.
Although this program is free, registration is required to participate. Use the link above. Registrants must provide an email so a program link can be sent to them. This program will include a chat-based question-and-answer period where participants can interact with the presenters.
Staff at MDC facilities across the state are holding in-person and virtual programs. A listing of these programs can be found at this link.