MDC to offer deer processing workshop at Runge Nature Center Nov. 4

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JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. – Once hunters harvest deer, they need to know how to skin them, process the meat, and store it for future meals. The Missouri Department of Conservation (MDC) will offer a free “Field-to-Freezer” deer processing class at Runge Conservation Nature Center, 330 Commerce Drive in Jefferson City, Nov. 4 from 1 – 4 p.m.

Participants will receive simple, step-by-step instructions on how to skin and butcher deer meat themselves, with minimal equipment. MDC staff and volunteers will demonstrate how to process venison into steaks, roasts, and ground meat. The class will also cover safe knife handling, and other tools needed to correctly prepare venison for the freezer, as well as proper packaging techniques. 

Participants must be at least 6 years old, and children must be accompanied by an adult. Participants must preregister by calling the nature center at (573) 526-5544.

Conservation makes Missouri a great place to hunt, and MDC remains committed to providing free educational programs to help enable all Missourians to safely enjoy the outdoors.

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