Forest to table: A lesson in venison

Jackie Nunnery

by Jackie Nunnery

About 20 students, ranging in both age and hunting experience, gathered Saturday, November 9, at Dug In Farms, 155 Fleets Bay Road, White Stone, for a venison processing class developed by the Virginia Department of Game and Inland Fisheries (DGIF).

Volunteer master hunter William Bush took the class through an extensive lesson titled From Field to Freezer, designed for hunters to “stay safe” and “stay legal.” Everything from licensing, field dressing and transporting a carcass was addressed before moving on to a hands-on lab.

Volunteer master hunters Bush, Bill Hicks and Anthony Carambia instructed two smaller groups where students had the opportunity to practice knife skills and butchering. The two deer were provided by…

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