Big Game Hunting – How to Prepare Your Harvest

Learning to prepare your harvests, when big game hunting, is key to great tasting meals on the table. One of the most overlooked parts of hunting is what we do after the shot. Learn how to field dress big game at a hunter’s workshop. 

Hunters, learn to prepare your harvest during CPW’s Field Dressing 101, Sept. 20 in Grand Junction


FRUITA, Colo. – 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. The one-evening only class will be held at the Horsethief Canyon State Wildlife Area, Tuesday, Sept. 20, beginning at 6:30 p.m.

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 that sign-up. 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,” said Dick Severin, assistant northwest region hunter outreach coordinator. “This is great class for the beginner but even a seasoned pro might learn some new tips about field processing.”


Instructors will demonstrate gutting and gutless methods of field processing, quartering, 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,” said Severin.

The seminar is offered through the agency’s Hunter Outreach Program. Through workshops, clinics, seminars, and educational hunts, the program appeals to diverse interests, backgrounds and levels of ability, helping novices learn about Colorado’s hunting heritage and traditions.

Colorado hunting regulations require that all big game animals be prepared for human consumption as soon as possible after being killed.

Who: Colorado Parks and Wildlife

What: ‘Field Dressing 101’

When: Sept. 20, 6:30 p.m.

Where: Horsethief Canyon State Wildlife Area – Directions provided on the registration page.

CPW is an enterprise agency, relying primarily on license sales, state parks fees and registration fees to support its operations, including: 42 state parks and more than 350 wildlife areas covering approximately 900,000 acres, management of fishing and hunting, wildlife watching, camping, motorized and non-motorized trails, boating and outdoor education. CPW’s work contributes approximately $6 billion in total economic impact annually throughout Colorado.


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