Pack out

Missoula to Host ‘Plan to Hunt’ Workshop at Deer Creek Range Aug. 2
By Toby Trigger


            Missoula will host a workshop in the Plan to Hunt education series on Tuesday, Aug. 2 beginning at 6pm at the Deer Creek Shooting Center in East Missoula. 

            These free Plan to Hunt workshops are geared to adults that are new to hunting or just want to expand their skills and understanding in order to hunt more confidently in Montana.  Attend all or just one, and no pre-registration is required.

            Workshops are hosted and instructed by Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks (FWP), Backcountry Hunters and Anglers, Garden City Harvest, The Trail Head, and the Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation. The upcoming schedule includes:

·         Packed and sighted-in
Aug. 2—6pm —Deer Creek Shooting Center (E. Missoula, off Deer Creek Rd)
See what gear is in the pack of Montana’s hunters and the firearms and archery equipment you need for the animals you are pursuing.   Shoot at the range under the direction of experienced hunters.

·         From field to freezer         

      Aug. 23—6pm —-MT Fish, Wildlife & Parks (3201 Spurgin Rd)
Learn the steps—from field dressing, to transport, to wild game processing, that help you move an animal from the field to freezer.  This workshop includes hands-on field dressing and other demos.

·         Locally grown and served           

      Sept. 13—6pm —PEAS Farm (3010 Duncan Dr)

      Local hunters and Missoula farmers will show you how to take your harvest and turn it into easy, healthy and creative wild harvest meals.  Enjoy a meal as you learn.

·         Pre-season questions

      Oct. 4—6pm —The Trail Head (221 E. Front St)
Join us for an open-session Q&A with local experts to help ensure you are ready for opening day.

·         Celebrate the hunt!

      Dec. 6—6pm —The Loft (119 W. Main)

      A post-season potluck filled with locally harvested and gathered ingredients.  We’ll share stories, talk about what we learned and plan for the 2017 season, all while enjoying food and refreshments.

            Students can also opt to receive additional training and access to local expertise by enrolling in a more intensive field training and mentorship program.  To enroll, email vcrowser@mt.gov or call 406-542-5518.