Join MDC for online Venison Burger and Sausage Making class Dec. 7

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DEFIANCE, Mo. — Locally-sourced foods have become more popular than ever.  If you’re a successful deer hunter, you’ve already taken the first step in procuring healthy, naturally-sourced protein.  After the shot is fired or arrow released, and the deer field dressed, what’s the next step to get it to the dinner table?

The Missouri Department of Conservation (MDC) is offering a free, online class to help get you from field to fork by showing you how to create two of the most popular types of meats.  A Venison Burger and Sausage Making class will be held Tuesday, Dec. 7 from 6-7:30 p.m.  It will take deer hunters through the step-by-step process needed to process fresh venison into ready-to-eat delicacies.

This event will provide instruction on how to make burger and sausage out of venison. It will cover how to grind and season your harvested deer meat to make it into tasty burgers and sausage.  Besides traditional hamburgers, hunters will find lean and healthy ground venison a perfect enhancement for other dishes too, such as spaghetti sauce, chili, tacos, sloppy Joes, and casseroles.

Hunters will learn how to make sure burgers and sausages created with their venison are the best quality possible at this special Field to Fork event, hosted by the staff at MDC’s August A. Busch Shooting Range and Outdoor Education Center in Defiance.

Venison Burger and Sausage Making is a free program, but advanced online registration is required at for each person attending. 

The August A. Busch Shooting Range and Outdoor Education Center is located at 3550 Route D, approximately five miles west of Highway 94, in Defiance.

MDC asks all visitors observe current local COVID-19 social distancing and masking guidelines.  Bringing and wearing face coverings is encouraged when appropriate.

Program registrants should note that families now have the option to link their children’s accounts to their own which will streamline the program registration process.  Once a group account is set up, parents will be able to register their children to an event without having to logoff and login for each person.  This allows parents to register an entire family or select family members to an event at the same time.

Stay informed of MDC latest programs by going to the MDC St. Louis regional events page at