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Barry Camp Wild Game Culinary Adventures

Back by popular demand, registration is now open for the Barry Camp Wild Game Culinary Adventure, a weekend exploring wild game preparation and cooking to be held at Barry Conservation Camp in Milan, N.H., September 27-29, 2013. The cost of the event is $150, which includes meals, instruction and rustic lodging. All proceeds benefit the Barry Camp Fund. A print-and-mail application is available at http://www.huntnh.com/barrycamp/game_weekend.html or call 603-271-3211. Register right away if you are interested — this event is limited to 35 participants and fills up fast.

The wild game weekend is sponsored by the N.H. Fish and Game Department, the New Hampshire Wildlife Federation and the Belknap County Sportsmen’s Association.

Participants will get hands-on instruction and practice dressing wild game, cutting meat, planning game menus, and preparing wild game for cooking. Come experience the taste of the wild! The event is open to men and women age 18 and older. At last year’s event, several groupings of family and friends signed up to enjoy the adventure together.

On Friday evening (September 27), check-in begins at 5 p.m. and the program starts at 7 p.m. Saturday is a full day of hands-on instruction and cooking, followed by a game dinner and entertainment ’round the campfire with music by Don Watson. The program wraps up at noon on Sunday, September 29.

“This is a real backwoods culinary adventure that will prepare you to savor the flavors of the wild,” said event organizer Gary Sleeper of the Belknap County Sportsmen’s Association. “Come enjoy a fall weekend in the natural beauty of the White Mountains while you learn from experienced wild game chefs.”

“Since this is a fundraiser for Barry Conservation Camp, you’ll also be supporting a good cause, helping to ensure that the camp will be there to connect future generations of youth to the outdoor life,” said Sleeper.

In recent years, the state’s outdoor community, led by the Belknap County Sportsmen, have renovated facilities at Barry Conservation Camp, which provides overnight summer youth programming sponsored by N.H. Fish and Game and 4-H Cooperative Extension. A campaign is also underway to build the Barry Camp Fund to provide operating expenses and ensure the camp’s future financial stability. To donate to the Barry Camp Fund or learn more about the project, visit http://www.wildnh.com/barrycamp.

Organizations or businesses can support the event through donations or sponsorships; contact Mark Beauchesne at Mark.Beauchesne@wildlife.nh.gov or 603-271-6355.