on Oct 18, 2012 08:44 AM • Views 7133

Bacon-wrapped venison was very popular in the first deer-processing clinic.

Media Contact: Kimberly Burge

RALEIGH, N.C. (Oct. 18, 2012) — Somebody’s seriously jonesing for some venison.

Deer hunters and venison connoisseurs alike have filled the pre-registration enrollment for a repeat of a deer-processing clinic scheduled for Nov. 8 in Raleigh, prompting the N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission and the Quality Deer Management Association to coordinate a third clinic on deer processing the following week.

The Wildlife Commission is accepting registrations for a “Deer Processing, From Field to Freezer” clinic to be held on Nov. 13, from 6:30-9 p.m., at the Centennial Campus Center for Wildlife Education in Raleigh. This will repeat the standing-room only deer-processing clinics held on Sept. 11 and scheduled for Nov. 8. The clinic is free.

Guy Gardner and Howard Walters, both from the Cape Fear River Branch of Quality Deer Management Association (QDMA), will provide information on field dressing, processing techniques and taxidermy. They also will have a taste testing to show different ways to cook and serve venison.

“We knew the second deer-processing clinic would be popular because the first clinic reached registration capacity and people who missed the first clinic were asking us to schedule another,” said Kimberly Burge, a wildlife educator with the Commission. “But we didn’t expect this second deer-processing clinic to reach capacity so quickly. It’s like the clinic is growing in popularity as the word gets out.”

The Nov. 8 clinic reached its pre-registration limit of 90 people three weeks before its scheduled date.  

Burge attributed the registration spike to the opening of gun season for deer, the free registration for the deer-processing clinic and the culinary prowess of QDMA volunteer Judy Gardner.

“Judy’s bacon-wrapped jalapeno venison bites and venison chili were very popular in the first deer-processing clinic,” Burge said. “Judy will prepare those for the second clinic on Nov. 8, but I think she’ll take the ‘comfort food’ approach and make venison meatballs for the third clinic that we just scheduled on Nov. 13. They’re less time-consuming but equally tasty.”

The deer-processing clinics are free, but space is limited, with advance registration required. For more information or to register, contact Kimberly Burge at 919-707-0204 or kimberly.burge@ncwildlife.org.

The Quality Deer Management Association is a non-profit wildlife conservation organization dedicated to ensuring the future of white-tailed deer, wildlife habitat and the hunting heritage.

The Centennial Campus Center for Wildlife Education is one of four wildlife education centers operated by the Wildlife Commission. The Centennial Center is located on the first floor of the Wildlife Commission headquarters at 1751 Varsity Drive on N.C. State University’s Centennial Campus in Raleigh.