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King George Outdoor Club turns deer into meals

Last Wednesday, Dec. 4, we had an anonymous person donate a deer for us to cut up and grind into meals. There was only room for ten people to be there. There were three girls and seven boys.

Mr. Fike showed us a video on how to field dress a deer, followed by one on how to cut the meat and pull the skin on the deer. After he showed us the two videos, Mrs. Brobjorg (a teacher at the school) walked in and asked what we were doing, and Mr. Limbrick told her to look into the cooler.

When she did, Mr. Limbrick tapped her on her shoulder, and she jumped back, and we all laughed at her. It was so funny. After she left, Mr. Fike got the deer meat out and showed us how to cut up a shoulder properly.  

Mr. Fike then asked if anyone wanted to try cutting the other shoulder. I wanted to do it so bad, but I gave it a second for a boy, maybe to step up. A few seconds passed, and no one said anything, so I jumped up and shouted out “ME!!”  (I was surprised that none of the guys had stepped up before me.) I began cutting the shoulder meat off to allow someone to grind it into burger.  

When I looked up and noticed that everyone was watching me, I asked, “Are any of you going to do anything? I mean, come on, I’m a girl, aren’t the boys supposed to be doing this?”

So I was technically “the leader.”  It ended up that some of us were cutting the deer, some were taking pictures, and some were grinding the meat, while the rest were sealing the meat so we each could take some of the venison home.

As always, safety procedures were in place because we were using knives and a meat grinder. We made breakfast sausage, deer burger, and roasts from the deer meat.  We also got to talking about doing the outdoor club in a bigger room in the building next to the middle school, because Mr. Fike’s room is really small.

It worked though, for this meeting, but we might be doing something bigger, and we would definitely need the room. So we thank the people who hopefully have and will let us use that building.

The outdoor club will be also learning how to properly shoot with a bow and arrow. That is a different activity affiliated with the Outdoor Club but run by Mr. Woods. Hopefully, the same people from outdoor club will participate in that, too. I know I’m going to try and do it.

Anyways, taking part in the activities with this club is so fun, and it gives me something after school to do instead of homework. Trust me, it isn’t and wouldn’t be a waste of your time! All the meetings we have had are so fun.

The second to last meeting we had was on Halloween, and we went on a little trail at the back of the school. We were determining what trees were which to find out where the squirrels lived. Then, when we went back to the classroom, and Mr. Woods showed us how to skin a squirrel. It was kind of funny because the squirrel was frozen a little still, so it didn’t turn out exactly the way he wanted it to. I think we all got the concept of it, though.

 In the end, I think this will be a very good experience. The last outdoor club we had, I think, was the most fun out of all the meetings so far. I can’t wait till we get another deer; maybe next time we can make some jerky.

A Note from Mark Fike: Miss Amy Minter is a student and a member of the King George Outdoor Club. She is an active participant in our activities and has a strong desire to learn about the outdoors. I enjoyed reading her story and know you will, too.

Amy Minter

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