CPW offers game dressing class

RBC I With the big game hunting seasons approaching quickly, Colorado Parks and Wildlife is offering “Field Dressing 101,” another in a long line of free seminars geared toward helping hunters have a successful season.

The one-evening-only class will be held at the Horsethief Canyon State Wildlife Area on Sept. 20, beginning at 6:30 p.m.
The class is detailed and will include the use of real animals to provide thorough examples of how to properly field dress big game.
Registration is required and is limited to the first 40 students that sign-up. Visit www.register-ed.com/events/view/87706 or call 970-255-6100 to reserve your spot. “Especially for the new hunters, field dressing is often the most challenging part of a successful hunt,” said Dick Severin, assistant northwest region hunter outreach coordinator. “This is 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 of field processing, quartering 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 Severin.
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, helping novices learn about Colorado’s hunting heritage and traditions.
Colorado hunting regulations require that all big game animals be prepared for human consumption as soon as possible after being killed.