Monday, January 19, 2009

Buffalo Harvesting Workshop

My brother and I are teaching our first official class with Trackers Northwest on March 21st. We are going to buy a live 1000 lb. Buffalo at a ranch outside of town. For safety and out of respect for the animal we will have the owner dispatch it humanely. After we gut it, we will transport it to The Scout Pit where we will completely process the animal.

In addition to the meat (each student will take home 20 lbs.) we will attempt to make use of as many parts of the animal as possible. The hide will be racked for tanning. We will render fat for future projects. The sinew and bones will also be saved. We are planning to do much of the work using stone flakes and knives like those from my last post.

I believe this will be an amazing experience and am really looking forward to it.

To see the full class description check it out on the website.


Bleach n Sheets said...

Does Dispatch mean kill?

How many people have signed up so far?

Sassmouth said...

Yes, kill. I think we have 4-5 of the 15 so far.

Bleach n Sheets said...

The Bull isn't going to fight a fire, it is going to heaven. Use proper terminology.

In my line of work we use the term Expired. Because we all have a date on us.

If I was in Portland, I would take the class. Do you offer a Web based Bison gutting class?

Sassmouth said...


dispatch: the act of putting to death; killing; execution.

The best I can do is post pictures of the class on my blog. March might be a good time for you to come visit and slaughter.

fooiemcgoo said...

i also like how you substituted the word "kill" for "dispatch". Or, based on our last conversation about this, "shoot in the face point-blank with a handgun".

I hope the farmer has a steady hand!

If you run out of ideas for using up that bison carcass, please send me some bones and what-have-you to Cooper to munch on.