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Meat Me in Montana

Kenny butchering a deer. Bartle cooking in the roasting pan. Kevin tanning a hide.

Loading a roadkill deer in a car.

Deer Processing Intensive
with Bartle and Kris Reed
River Camp: Cardwell, Montana
October 8 - 23, 2022

      Do you want to become an expert at skinning and butchering deer, eating the whole animal, tanning its hide and making clothing out of buckskin? Come to Montana this October for an immersive deer processing experience!

      Join instructors Kris and Bartle for sixteen days of fun and intensive learning. Work with legal roadkill game and learn to skin deer like an expert, without leaving holes or knife marks in the hides. Learn the art of braintanning and make your own beautiful braintan buckskin. Then sew up a pair of moccasins and learn some fancy stitches. 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 butcher roadkill deer for nutritious, free wild venison.

Fresh deer hides hanging on a fence.       This class encompasses and includes the three-day Sheep Processing Class with a full sheep butchering experience where you'll have the opportunity to learn how to use every part of an animal for food and craft.

      Green University LLC raises a flock of Icelandic sheep on the wild grasses and forbs surrounding the Tobacco Root Mountains. This class includes instruction on how to humanely kill an animal with only a knife. We teach a traditional cut that leaves the windpipe intact so that the animal can breathe throughout the whole process of its death and fully pump out all the blood so the meat doesn't spoil.

      We will then learn how to eat every edible part of the animal through making gourmet dishes such as intestine stuffed organ sausage, blood pancakes, stomach bread, tongue tacos, maximally nutritious bone broth, tender roasts, and rocky mountain oysters.

Foraging the Mountain West.       For a good primer on processing roadkill game, be sure to read Kris and Tom's book Foraging the Mountain West: Gourmet Edible Plants, Mushrooms, and Meat.

      The first week of this class you will learn the basics of skinning and tanning. Each student will first tan a small whitetail deer and then team up with another student to tan a large whitetail or mule deer. When weather forces us inside we will process sinews for sewing and crafting with, along with learning the basics of collecting and working bone, antler, hoof, and horn. We will have a buckskin fashion show-and-tell to see all the amazing things you can make with buckskin, then finish up the class by learning how to sew. We will make a small pouch to learn all the necessary stitches - and some fancy ones too - and then we will sew the big hides we co-tanned into moccasins! Class also includes a stewardship day to clean up the site and keep it nice for future students.

Holding a freshly smoked deer hide.       Your instructors, Bartle and Kris, have over 30 years of combined experience braintanning, sewing, killing and processing the whole animal with various traditional and modern methods and are excited to share these skills with folks of all experience levels.

      Tuition includes lodging in wickiups and an earthlodge along the Jefferson River near the base of the Tobacco Root Mountains in Cardwell, Montana, or bring your own tent, car or camper.

Christmas lights in the camp kitchen.       We will be working hard and eating hearty. Plan to take turns cooking communal dinners out of all the wonderful meat we will be processing. The River Camp kitchen often has plenty of communal rice, fruit and veggies, but please bring any additional food or snacks you know you'll want.

      We will check in with each student by phone prior to the class to make sure you come fully prepared, but you won't need much more than a knife, sleeping bag, and appropriate fall clothing. Also consider bringing a swimsuit and towel as we often go to a local hot springs to relax at the end of the day.

      We Look forward to sharing this fall harvest and tanning season with you!

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 $1,250! To register, please fill out and mail in the Medical History (PDF) and Liability Waiver and Release (PDF) forms, along with a check for $400 to reserve your spot. The balance can be paid upon arrival. Or register online through the shopping cart system and send the paperwork separately.

Deer Processsing Intensive

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