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CPW: Learn how to field dress your animal

— With the big game hunting seasons approaching quickly, Colorado Parks and Wildlife is offering “Field Dressing 101,” another in a long line of free seminars geared toward helping hunters have a successful season, according to a news release.

The one-evening only class will be held at the Horsethief Canyon State Wildlife Area at 6:30 p.m. Aug. 26.

The class is detailed and will include the use of real animals to provide thorough examples of how to properly field dress big game.

Registration is required and is limited to the first 40 students who sign up. Visi register-ed.com/events/view/64851 or call 970-255-6100 to reserve your spot.

“Especially for the new hunters, field dressing is often the most challenging part of a successful hunt,” Dick Severin, assistant northwest region hunter outreach coordinator, said in a statement. “This is a great class for the beginner but even a seasoned pro might learn something new.”

Instructors will demonstrate gutting and gutless methods of field processing, deboning, quartering, the best cuts for table fare and suggestions for transporting the meat out of the field. Additional topics will include techniques for skinning with taxidermy in mind.

“If you are planning to mount your harvest, knowing how skin the animal properly is critical so that the taxidermist can have a properly prepared hide to work with,” Severin said.

The seminar is offered through the agency’s Hunter Outreach Program. Colorado hunting regulations require that all big game animals be prepared for human consumption as soon as possible after being killed.

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