Once again the cultural moose hunt, sponsored by 4-H, the Safari Club and the Alaska Department of Fish and Game, was a success. On the second day of hunting, Joe Hardy of the Safari Club shot a barren cow. Students from Kenai Alternative High School and 4-H were able to field dress the moose with the help of Joe and Larry Lewis and Jeff Selinger from the Alaska Department of Fish and Game. Greg Wilbanks, principal of the Kenai Alternative, transported the kids on the hunt and helped, also.
Patrice Kohl from the Clarion was there writing a story about the hunt. Every so often she had to hold her pen over the bonfire so it would write. Echo Lake Meats allowed us to hang the meat in their facility until the Saturday following the hunt when everyone gathered at the high school to process the meat. Three butchers, Gordon Pugmire, Bruce Hall and Wally Martin, made short work of cutting up the meat. The students, under the able supervision of Billie Hardy, wrapped and labeled.
Phyllis Halstead, who works at the Kenai Alternative, opened the school on Saturday and helped the whole time. Country Foods (IGA) ground the hamburger meat and soon the kids had boxes of moose meat ready to take home. Plenty of burger was left at the school for a barbecue and also some canning meat was put in the freezer for the time when Linda Tannehill, who works with the Cooperative Extension Office, will help the students learn how to can it.
Kenai Subway donated some of the sandwiches we ate for lunch, while Safari Club donated the rest of the food we enjoyed.
Thanks to each and every person and organization that made this event possible. Through activities like this our young people gain experience and knowledge and the satisfaction of a job well done!
Youth development agent
Kenai Peninsula 4-H
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