OBTAINING YOUR OWN MEAT
The purchase of hunting tags, licenses, and equipment are the primary funding source for wildlife and habitat conservation in the United States, contributing an average of 60% of the budget for state wildlife agencies.
Conservation funding is in peril as fewer and fewer hunting licenses, tags, and hunting and fishing equipment are purchased. However, more than 80% of Americans still believe hunting is an appropriate method to obtain food. Urban population are increasingly looking for locally grown meat as a sustainable source of high quality protein. This includes game meat, but is often expensive or impossible to obtain.
The Heritage Hunting Camp is for 22-35 year olds as a way to teach ethical hunting to obtain food for themselves and their families, as well as advocate for the continuation of the hunting tradition. The camp includes 5 1/2 days of hunter education, archery instruction, wildlife management, several days hunting, field dressing, butchery, and game meat cooking.
Instruction goes beyond just the course. Post-course instruction can be given by virtual appointment to ensure attendees have the means to continue developing the tools and knowledge needed to be successful hunters and introduce others to it. Alumni will not only create their own network of like-minded hunters, but they will also be able to teach family and friends about about hunting, bridging the knowledge gap between hunters and the general public.
BRIEF COURSE OVERVIEW
Day 1. Hunter education, archery instruction, wildlife management
Day 2. Hunter education, archery instruction, rabbit hunt, field dressing
Day 3. Rabbit hunt
Day 4. Javelina hunt
Day 5. Javelina hunt
Day 6 (½ day). Butchery, cooking