*2020* Brain Tanning and Wild Game Butchery

$300.00$1,200.00 CAD

Dates: Feb 15 – 22, 2020
Price: $1200

Brand new for 2020!  Our Brain Tanning and Wild Game Butchery course has grown out of our popular “Life on the Trapline” trip.  We realized there was so much to cover and learn and practice when it comes to processing meat and furs, that it needed a course all its own!

Hide Included! Included in the price, you will take home one hide that you worked on yourself.  Because of the vagaries of wilderness trapping and because of the learning nature of this course we cannot guarantee the size or species of hide you will receive.  There may also be holes from the skinning and scraping process as these will be student-processed hides.  If you want to clean, preserve and take home a skull, that is included too!

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Description

Two Halves of a Whole: This course builds upon our “Life on the Trapline” expedition.  The two courses are completely different, but perfectly complementary.  If you want to take the full experience (2 weeks) from field to table and clothing, then we’ll provide $100 off each course.

This course takes place entirely at our wilderness lodge on “Golden Pond”.  You will hike in 8km (gear shuttle provided) to our beautiful remote retreat, and spend the week sleeping in our heated permanent wall tent cabins and working in the “skinning shack”.  We will cover all aspects of taking harvested game and utilizing as much of the animal as possible.

Topics Include:

  • Skinning, scraping and boarding hides for drying;
  • Brain tanning fur-on hides;
  • Butchering game;
  • Identifying and best utilizing different cuts of meats (fry meat, stew meat, ground meat, etc);
  • Packaging and Preserving meat (jerky making);
  • Preparing organ meat;
  • Rendering fat into grease;
  • Soap making utilizing grease;
  • Cleaning and preserving skulls;

Brain Tanning

For those unfamiliar with brain tanning, it is a traditional process of hide preparation and preservation that uses a combination of the animal’s own oily brains and your elbow grease to soften a rawhide, plus smoke as a preservative.  It makes a naturally soft, beautiful and durable product that requires no harsh chemicals.

Additional information

Dates

Feb 15 – 22, 2020

Location

Lure's wilderness basecamp "Golden Pond", near Espanola, Ontario (nearest airport: Sudbury, ON)

Difficulty

There is an 8km hike into and out of our wilderness property at the start and end of the trip. A gear shuttle is provided to make this hike easier. This is the least strenuous of all of our courses, primarily taking place indoors. However, you should still expect full days of standing, twisting, pushing, pulling, scraping, lifting, etc.

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