Once a hunter has bagged a deer, the work is only half over. How to field dress it, skin it, process the meat and store it for future tasty meals are skills hunters need to know.

Hunters who are interested in learning how to process their own deer will have opportunities at two Missouri Department of Conservation’s (MDC) “Field to Freezer” programs in October in southwest Missouri. Both programs are free. Attendees will learn how to field dress and properly care for their harvested deer and how to process the venison for freezer storage. Regulations and supplies needed for processing deer meat will also be discussed.

On Oct. 20, a Field to Freezer program will be given from 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. at the Wildcat Glade Conservation & Audubon Center, 201 W. Riviera Drive in Joplin. Pre-registration is required because space is limited. This program is for ages 7-up. Ages 7-15 must be accompanied by an adult. To register, call MDC’s Joplin Office at 417-629-3423.

On Oct. 28, a Field to Freezer program will be held from 9 a.m. to noon at MDC’s Andy Dalton Shooting Range and Outdoor Education Center, 4897 N. Greene County Farm Road 61 near Ash Grove. To register for this event, call 417-742-4361 or e-mail:

https://mdc-event-web.s3licensing.com/Event/EventDetails/150747

Information about deer and deer hunting in Missouri can be found at mdc.mo.gov.