Preparing Game Open Fire

Course Description:

In this course, you will learn the skills you need to safely clean, butcher and prepare wild fish, rabbits and poultry from feathers, fur, scales and entrails- to the dinner table. We will practice a variety of open-fire cooking methods, adding a compliment of wild plants to each plate to create savoury, balanced meals. You will also learn about choosing an appropriate type of fire and fuel for your cooking needs.

The animals you will work within the course, come from a variety of local sources- either ethically farm-raised, harvested in the wild by commercial fisheries or in accordance with local Fish and Game regulations.

In accordance with our company philosophy, the meat used in our courses is humanely killed and we will explore the traditional and modern uses of each part of the body- leaving no waste.

We will work in a hygienic, indoor environment that respects food safety laws and then move outdoors to the open fire to cook. The majority of this course will take place at our base camp (which has an commercial kitchen facility). Be prepared for excursions outdoors in any weather and for walks into the woods for guided plant-foraging, kindling and fuel.

You will be assigned a rustic back-country campsite where you can set-up your camp, your way for the duration of the course. You are also welcome to park an RV in the Parking Lot or stay off site in a local hotel, bed and breakfast if you prefer.

The course will cover the following topics:

  • How to Prepare Meat Safely in An Outdoor Environment
  • Basic Anatomy of the Featured Game Species
  • How to Clean a Fish
  • How to Prepare a Game Bird
  • How to Gut and Prepare a Rabbit
  • How to Gut and Prepare an “Adventure” Species
  • Preparing a “Fond de chasse” or Broth Reduction for Making French Sauces

Prerequisite: None

Age Requirements:

  • You must be over 18 years of age to attend this course unaccompanied.
  • Anyone under the age of 18 must be accompanied by an adult. Each place booked is for one person only, so each course attendee must have their own booking.
  • This course is not suitable for young people under the age of twelve.*

*parent discretion required- some young people with hunting or farming experience really enjoy this course; others with little or no experience seeing meat prepared in the home may not be ready to handle the course content.


Having met at the West Kootenay Campus, we will take a short walk to a camping area where you have space to set up a personal camp.  There are level grassy areas for you to pitch a tent and more than enough trees to string a tarp or a hammock. You can camp in any style you like. However, you must follow the Base Camp Food Storage Guidelines.

In the best interest of keeping to an efficient schedule and eating as well as possible, the chores of food storage, preparation and cooking on this course will be supervised by a Timeless Journey® Camp Chef. Students will be cooking a hot breakfast and two hot meals on an open fire each day. Two snacks will be provided as well. Therefore, the food is included as part of the course fee.

At each hot meal, three-course participants will be assigned the duties of:

  • collecting firewood
  • assisting the camp chef in preparing the meal
  • cleaning up the camp kitchen

A duty rotation schedule will be posted at the beginning of the course.

The meal plan will reflect the course content and exercises planned for the day. We will provide you with a detailed menu in your booking confirmation. Please let us know in your booking package or feel free to contact the office if you have any special dietary requirements or allergies and we will try our best to accommodate your requests.

At the base camp, we provide fresh fruit, cookies, drinking water, tea and coffee.


You are welcome to make, or buy, your own gear. Although we would like to encourage you to be as self-reliant as possible, all gear used by students in the course must meet the safety standards of the Quartermaster. In some cases, it may be wise to contact the Quartermaster if you have any questions or doubts about gear crafting projects you would like to undertake in preparation or if you would like to make substitutions to the items listed on the Standard Clothing and Equipment Checklist (Overnight).

On the Preparing Wild Game, For Open The Fire course, we will try to help supply you with used gear for rent if you are unable to find, borrow or purchase gear for the course. To ensure a selection and availability of the items you require, please submit the Standard Clothing and Equipment Checklist (Overnight) to the Quartermaster at least two weeks prior to the start of the course.

Course Schedules and Specifications:

The Preparing Wild Game, For an Open Fire Course is offered several times a year, in different conditions, seasons and locations in Canada. Check the list below and read the specifications carefully to make sure that you are signing up for the right course.

Dates and Details copy

PWGF 10/12/19 • Preparing Wild Game, For an Open Fire (3 Days, 2 Nights) • Valhalla Pines Campground • $300.00

Course Dates: Saturday, October 12th, 2019 to Monday, October 14th, 2019

  • Start Time: 4:30 pm on Saturday, October 12th, 2019
  • End Time: 3:00 pm on Monday, October 14th, 2019

Registration Deadline: Saturday, September 28th, 2019, at 6:00 pm

Location: Valhalla Pines Campground


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PWGF 10/17/20 • Preparing Wild Game, For an Open Fire (3 Days, 2 Nights) • Valhalla Pines Campground • $300.00

Course Dates: Saturday, October 17th, 2020 to Monday, October 19th, 2020

  • Start Time: 4:30 pm on Saturday, October 17th, 2020
  • End Time: 3:00 pm on Monday, October 19th, 2020

Registration Deadline: Saturday, October 3rd, 2020, at 6:00 pm

Location: Valhalla Pines Campground


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