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CPW offers hunters one-evening seminar on field dressing harvested animals

GRAND JUNCTION, Colo. – For both novice and expert hunters, one of the toughest challenges after a successful big game hunt is preparing the animal for human consumption. To help anyone with questions about how to field-dress big game properly, Colorado Parks and Wildlife’s Hunter Outreach Program is offering a one-time-only ‘Field Dressing 101’ at Horsethief Canyon State Wildlife Area, beginning at 6 p.m., Jan. 27.

Registration is required and is limited to the first 40 students that sign-up. Visit https://www.register-ed.com/events/view/154293 or call 970-255-6100 to reserve your spot.

The class is thorough and will include the use of real animals to provide detailed examples of the best methods and techniques, and the variety of tools required for the task.

“Especially for the new hunters, field dressing can be intimidating,” said Kathleen Mawhinney, northwest region hunter outreach coordinator. “This is a great class for the beginner but even a seasoned pro might learn some new tips about field processing.”

Instructors will demonstrate gutting and gutless methods, deboning, quartering, the best cuts for table fare and suggestions for transporting the meat out of the field. Additional topics will include techniques for skinning with taxidermy in mind.

“If you are planning to mount your harvest, knowing how skin the animal properly is critical so that the taxidermist can have a properly prepared hide to work with,” said Dick Severin, NW Hunter Outreach HuntMaster.

The seminar is offered through the agency’s Hunter Outreach Program. Through workshops, clinics, seminars, and educational hunts, the program appeals to diverse interests, backgrounds and levels of ability, preparing novice hunters for a lifetime of world-class outdoor recreation.

“For a few folks, a class like this is the first step toward becoming a participant in Colorado’s hunting heritage and traditions,” said Mawhinney.

Colorado regulations require hunters to prepare all harvested big game animals for human consumption as soon as possible after being killed.

Who: Colorado Parks and Wildlife

What: ‘Field Dressing 101’

When: Jan. 27, 6 p.m.

Where: Horsethief Canyon State Wildlife Area – Directions provided on the registration page.

Registration: https://www.register-ed.com/events/view/154293 or call 970-255-6100

For more information about hunting in Colorado, visit www.cpw.state.co.us/thingstodo/Pages/hunt.aspx

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