Green University® LLC Presents... Meat Me in Montana
Deer Processing Intensive with Barnes River Camp: Cardwell, Montana November 1 - 14, 2021
Do you want to become an expert at skinning and butchering deer, canning meat, and tanning hides? Come to Montana this November for an immersive deer processing experience!
Join instructor Barnes for two weeks of fun. Work with roadkill game and learn to skin deer like an expert, without leaving holes or knife marks in the hides. Learn how to flesh and wet-salt fresh hides to preserve them for future tanning. And learn the brain-tanning process and make your own beautiful braintan buckskin. If you are passionate about buckskin, you will have the opportunity to bring home as many scraped and tanned hides as you can do! You will also have the opportunity to skin hocks for bags, pull deer toes for jingling, and extract tendons and bones for tools.
Learn how to collect, clean, skin, and butcher legal roadkill. We will collect and butcher multiple deer off the side of the road. Learn to dry jerky, pressure can meat, mash pemmican, make bone broth, and stock up on nutritious wild organic meat to enjoy all winter. Stay for Thanksgiving and make gourmet dishes out of wild venison: organ sausage, blood pancakes, stomach bread, tender roasts, and rocky mountain oysters.
In past years, students have honed their skinning skills at wild game processing shops, hauling multiple hides back to camp. With Covid-19, neither instructors nor students will work at game processors in 2020. Instead, we will seek to expand our roving for roadkill game to process, plus Tom Elpel has several sheep to be skinned and butchered, and the hides will be shared among the students.
Tuition includes lodging in wickiups and an earthlodge along the Jefferson River near the base of the Tobacco Root Mountains in Cardwell, Montana. Plan to take turns cooking communal meals. Groceries provided include roadkill venison, plus basic foods such as rice and beans, potatoes, carrots, and onions. Please plan to purchase additional groceries to contribute to the pot. We would also be grateful for your contribution of any additional food that you've grown, gathered, and preserved. Class includes several stewardship days to clean up the site and keep it nice for future students.
No Drugs, Alcohol, or Tobacco
Green University®: LLC is a drug, alcohol and tobacco-free learning establishment. Our staff maintains a sober environment for individuals who are excited about nurturing a deeper nature connection. Anyone distracted with alcohol, tobacco, marijuana, or other drugs is not focused on learning or optimizing their experience at Green University® LLC. Therefore, we have a zero tolerance policy for drugs, alcohol, and tobacco in any form. Anyone violating this rule will be asked to leave. This is not a joke. Please read this paragraph again before signing up. Thank you.
This is the most intensive animal processing class out there, and the cost is only $950! To register, please fill out and mail in the Medical History (PDF) and Liability Waiver and Release (PDF) forms, along with a check for $300 to reserve your spot. The balance can be paid upon arrival. Or register online through the shopping cart system and send the paperwork separately.