COLUMBIA CITY — The Purdue Cooperative Extension Service, in partnership with the Indiana Department of Natural Resources’ Division of Fish & Wildlife is once again sponsoring its award-winning series of September venison processing workshops.

During each workshop, a deer will be skinned, butchered and prepared in a variety of ways for the participants to taste. Food safety and handling procedures, as well as an update on deer health issues, will be presented.

These highly acclaimed programs are designed to provide hands-on opportunities for participants to practice what they have been taught. The personable and experienced instructors ensure that there is an informal atmosphere during the programs, and pledge to stay afterward until all questions have been answered.

The overall goal of the instructors is to equip participants with the skills and knowledge necessary to safely process their own deer and end up with a delicious, high-quality product that they will be proud to share with family and friends. Adult registration is $20, however children are admitted free of charge. All programs are 6-9 p.m.

Pre-registration is appreciated by calling the Wayne County Purdue Extension Office at (765) 973-9281.

Dates and locations:

Sept. 11 – Davis Purdue Ag Center, 6230 N. S.R. 1, Farmland

Sept. 12 – Pinney Purdue Ag Center, 11402 S. County Line Road, Wanatah

Sept. 13 – Northeast Purdue Ag Center, 4821 E. C.R. 400S, Columbia City

For more information contact Jonathan Ferris in the Purdue Extension Office of Wayne County by calling (765) 973-9281.