Nov
8
to Nov 10

Hill Country Whitetail & Hog Hunt at Hidden Springs Ranch

November 8-10, 2019 (3 days/2 nights)

Location:  west of Fredericksburg

Class type:  Open Enrollment Public Hunting School (4 students)

Experience Level:  Beginner to Advanced

This incredible opportunity is new to us this year.  This amazing property spanning Baron’s Creek in the Hill Country not only has vibrant populations of native whitetail, but even the occasional rogue axis, fallow or sika deer, and of course, the ever-present-except-when-you-want-them-to-be feral hogs.

This hunt will follow our tried and true format:  arrive early on Friday for a hearty lunch of wild game, then go to the range for sighting in, some ranch history and a safety lesson.  Then, it’s on to the first hunt.  After each of three guided hunts, there will be hands-on (or hands-off; you decide) skinning and gutting demos to give you all the skills to go and do this on your own, or to learn a few new techniques to add to your bag of tricks.

Saturday brings a morning hunt, followed by more food (a constant theme) and a long afternoon butchery and cooking class featuring the game present on the ranch.  That night is the Guide’s Dinner, which any previous attendee of an NSTC Hunting School will tell you is robust, to say the least.  Sunday morning is time for the final hunt, a blowout brunch and packing your animals for taking home and applying your newfound skills to.

This hunt is also available as a private, 4-person event.  Contact jesse@daidue.com for more information and scheduling.

$2,500 per person

Includes:

3 fully guided hunts for a whitetail doe and unlimited hogs*

*additional does may be taken for $300 for the 2nd and $200 for the 3rd

Skinning and gutting demos, plus hands-on experience

Demo class on feral hog and venison butchery and cooking

Lodging

All meals from Friday lunch to Sunday brunch

A copy of Afield

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Nov
22
to Nov 24

Whitetail and Hog Hunt on Mount Lucas Ranch (November)

November Class:  November 22-24, 2019 (3 days/2 nights)

Location:  between San Antonio and Corpus Christi

Class type:  Open Enrollment Public Hunting School (6 students)

Experience Level:  Beginner to Advanced

We welcome our 6th season at this beautiful, sprawling South Texas spread on the shoreline of Lake Corpus Christi, in the heart of the Brush Country.  This ranch is heavily populated with whitetail and hogs, which thrive in both the verdant lake bottoms and the brushy, huisatche covered hillsides.

This hunt will follow our standard format of arrival early on Friday for lunch, range time to ensure everyone’s rifle is dialed in, some ranch history and a safety lesson.  Then it’s on to the first hunt.  After each of three guided hunts, there will be hands-on skinning and gutting demos to give you all the skills to go and do this on your own, or to learn new techniques to add to your bag of tricks.

Saturday brings a morning hunt, followed by more food and a long afternoon butchery and cooking class featuring the game present on the ranch.  That night is the Guide’s Dinner, which presents everything taught during the class in grilled, braised or even raw form.  Sunday morning is time for the final hunt, a blowout brunch and packing your animals for taking home and applying your newfound skills to.

This hunt is also available as a private, 6-person event.  Contact jesse@daidue.com for more information and scheduling.

$2,500 per person

Includes:

3 guided hunts for whitetail deer and unlimited hogs

Skinning and gutting demos, plus hands on experience

Demo class on feral hog and venison butchery and cooking

Lodging

All meals from Friday lunch to Sunday brunch

A copy of Afield

 

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Dec
20
to Dec 22

Spot and Stalk Axis Hunt on the Roam Ranch

December 20-22, 2019 (3 days, 2 nights)

Location:  Stonewall area

Class type:  Open Enrollment Public Hunting School

Experience Level:  Intermediate to Expert

This exquisite bison ranch along the banks of the Pedernales River is getting quite the name, not only for the high-quality meat being raised on the ranch, but for the innovative and regenerative practices being implemented to restore these native bottomlands to their previous natural balance. 

Part of this includes managing the land of invasive species, most notably the hyper-delicious and wary Axis deer, along with the mercurial feral hog.  Huge herds of Axis now populate the Stonewall and Fredericksburg landscape, due to long-ago stockings, and these free-ranging and very much wild animals compete with extreme efficiency with native whitetail deer and the reintroduced, once-native bison.  The local whitetail population is also in a state of needed management, so guests are strongly encouraged to take these, as well as axis and hogs. 

These hunts on the Roam Ranch are an NSTC first: all hands-on skinning, gutting and butchery, and limited to only two students per hunt for a very intimate and focused trip.  Join Jesse and Taylor Collins, co-founder of Roam Ranch, on these spot-and-stalk axis and hog hunts, and then experience the entire process of converting these animals to food to sustain you for months.  There are four hunts included in this package:  one evening, two mornings and one nighttime thermal/night vision hunt on Saturday.

This hunt is also available as a private, 2-person event.  Contact jesse@daidue.com for more information and scheduling.

$3,200 per person

Includes:

4 fully guided hunts for an axis doe*, up to 2 whitetail does and unlimited hogs, including night vision/thermal (equipment provided)

*larger axis bucks are available for additional cost

Hands-On skinning and gutting demos

Hands-on class on venison and/or feral hog butchery

Lodging

All meals from Friday lunch to Sunday brunch

A copy of Afield

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Feb
21
to Feb 23

Whitetail and Hog Hunt on Mount Lucas Ranch (February)

February Class:  February 21-23, 2020 (3 days/2 nights)

Location:  between San Antonio and Corpus Christi

Class type:  Open Enrollment Public Hunting School (6 students)

Experience Level:  Beginner to Advanced

We welcome our 6th season at this beautiful, sprawling South Texas spread on the shoreline of Lake Corpus Christi, in the heart of the Brush Country.  This ranch is heavily populated with whitetail and hogs, which thrive in both the verdant lake bottoms and the brushy, huisatche covered hillsides.

This hunt will follow our standard format of arrival early on Friday for lunch, range time to ensure everyone’s rifle is dialed in, some ranch history and a safety lesson.  Then it’s on to the first hunt.  After each of three guided hunts, there will be hands-on skinning and gutting demos to give you all the skills to go and do this on your own, or to learn new techniques to add to your bag of tricks.

Saturday brings a morning hunt, followed by more food and a long afternoon butchery and cooking class featuring the game present on the ranch.  That night is the Guide’s Dinner, which presents everything taught during the class in grilled, braised or even raw form.  Sunday morning is time for the final hunt, a blowout brunch and packing your animals for taking home and applying your newfound skills to.

This hunt is also available as a private, 6-person event.  Contact jesse@daidue.com for more information and scheduling.

$2,500 per person

Includes:

3 guided hunts for whitetail deer and unlimited hogs

Skinning and gutting demos, plus hands on experience

Demo class on feral hog and venison butchery and cooking

Lodging

All meals from Friday lunch to Sunday brunch

A copy of Afield

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Aug
5
6:00 PM18:00

Wild Boar Butchery Class SOLD OUT

Feral hogs are a constant conversation for us, and Texans in general.  What to do with this invasive, destructive pest has become a bit of an obsession for us (#eatahogsavetheworld) and a daily reality for ranchers, farmers, biologists and even people in charge of golf courses.  Fortunately, these tricky pigs are very good if approached with a simple, conceptual butchery and cooking plan, and we are here to help.  

This class covers the butchery of feral hogs, including chops, ribs, bellies, hams, tenderloins, shoulder roasts, shanks and cutlets.  Increased focus is placed on differing sizes, sexes and fat content of hogs in order to discern the highest and best use of each individual hog that's been trapped or hunted.  Stock-making, lard rendering, sausage-making and slow cooking are all part of this 3+ hour class. Classes are held in our butcher shop at 2406 Manor Road, Austin, Texas. Tickets are transferable, but non-refundable.

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Jul
8
6:00 PM18:00

Wild Boar Butchery Class SOLD OUT

Feral hogs are a constant conversation for us, and Texans in general.  What to do with this invasive, destructive pest has become a bit of an obsession for us (#eatahogsavetheworld) and a daily reality for ranchers, farmers, biologists and even people in charge of golf courses.  Fortunately, these tricky pigs are very good if approached with a simple, conceptual butchery and cooking plan, and we are here to help.  

This class covers the butchery of feral hogs, including chops, ribs, bellies, hams, tenderloins, shoulder roasts, shanks and cutlets.  Increased focus is placed on differing sizes, sexes and fat content of hogs in order to discern the highest and best use of each individual hog that's been trapped or hunted.  Stock-making, lard rendering, sausage-making and slow cooking are all part of this 3+ hour class. Classes are held in our butcher shop at 2406 Manor Road, Austin, Texas. Tickets are transferable, but non-refundable.

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Jun
24
6:00 PM18:00

Wild Boar Butchery Class SOLD OUT

Feral hogs are a constant conversation for us, and Texans in general.  What to do with this invasive, destructive pest has become a bit of an obsession for us (#eatahogsavetheworld) and a daily reality for ranchers, farmers, biologists and even people in charge of golf courses.  Fortunately, these tricky pigs are very good if approached with a simple, conceptual butchery and cooking plan, and we are here to help.  

This class covers the butchery of feral hogs, including chops, ribs, bellies, hams, tenderloins, shoulder roasts, shanks and cutlets.  Increased focus is placed on differing sizes, sexes and fat content of hogs in order to discern the highest and best use of each individual hog that's been trapped or hunted.  Stock-making, lard rendering, sausage-making and slow cooking are all part of this 3+ hour class. Classes are held in our butcher shop at 2406 Manor Road, Austin, Texas. Tickets are transferable, but non-refundable.

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Jun
10
6:00 PM18:00

Wild Boar Butchery Class SOLD OUT

Feral hogs are a constant conversation for us, and Texans in general.  What to do with this invasive, destructive pest has become a bit of an obsession for us (#eatahogsavetheworld) and a daily reality for ranchers, farmers, biologists and even people in charge of golf courses.  Fortunately, these tricky pigs are very good if approached with a simple, conceptual butchery and cooking plan, and we are here to help.  

This class covers the butchery of feral hogs, including chops, ribs, bellies, hams, tenderloins, shoulder roasts, shanks and cutlets.  Increased focus is placed on differing sizes, sexes and fat content of hogs in order to discern the highest and best use of each individual hog that's been trapped or hunted.  Stock-making, lard rendering, sausage-making and slow cooking are all part of this 3+ hour class. Classes are held in our butcher shop at 2406 Manor Road, Austin, Texas. Tickets are transferable, but non-refundable.

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Apr
26
to Apr 28

Culinary Ranch Retreat with Explore Ranches

Join us in conjunction with the Explore Ranches team at Llano Springs Ranch for a wild game culinary retreat at the headwaters of the South Llano River. Participants will learn to prepare wild game and flora with hand-made pairings. Join the landowner and New School staff on foraging outings through the property and receive cooking instruction and an education on sustainable land management. Learn a wide range of refined cooking techniques with ingredients harvested from the ranch.

Transportation to and from Llano Springs Ranch is not included. Participants will be accommodated in a rustic ranch house in either single or double occupancy rooms depending on the composition of the group.

Day 1. Arrival, brief introduction by the landowner and a tour of the Blue Hole. Dinner and relax under the stars on the banks of the river.

Day 2. Breakfast prepared by the New School. After breakfast, we will explore the clear waters of the South Llano River and maybe catch a few fish for dinner. Lunch provided by the New School and then an optional tour of the ranch and foraging with the landowner and Jesse Griffiths. Cooking class will begin after the ranch tour and cover wild game preparation and instruction on preparing a multi-course meal with wild ingredients direct from the land. After class, guests will have an hour and a half to relax and enjoy the scenery before dinner.

Day 3. Breakfast by the New School and departure.

Included in this experience:

All lodging, meals, beverages and activity equipment.

Class on preparing and cooking wild game and preparing a multi-course meal with natural ingredients.

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Apr
15
6:00 PM18:00

Wild Boar Butchery Class SOLD OUT

Feral hogs are a constant conversation for us, and Texans in general.  What to do with this invasive, destructive pest has become a bit of an obsession for us (#eatahogsavetheworld) and a daily reality for ranchers, farmers, biologists and even people in charge of golf courses.  Fortunately, these tricky pigs are very good if approached with a simple, conceptual butchery and cooking plan, and we are here to help.  

This class covers the butchery of feral hogs, including chops, ribs, bellies, hams, tenderloins, shoulder roasts, shanks and cutlets.  Increased focus is placed on differing sizes, sexes and fat content of hogs in order to discern the highest and best use of each individual hog that's been trapped or hunted.  Stock-making, lard rendering, sausage-making and slow cooking are all part of this 3+ hour class. Classes are held in our butcher shop at 2406 Manor Road, Austin, Texas. Tickets are transferable, but non-refundable.

SOLD OUT


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Mar
25
6:00 PM18:00

Wild Boar Butchery Class SOLD OUT

Feral hogs are a constant conversation for us, and Texans in general.  What to do with this invasive, destructive pest has become a bit of an obsession for us (#eatahogsavetheworld) and a daily reality for ranchers, farmers, biologists and even people in charge of golf courses.  Fortunately, these tricky pigs are very good if approached with a simple, conceptual butchery and cooking plan, and we are here to help.  

This class covers the butchery of feral hogs, including chops, ribs, bellies, hams, tenderloins, shoulder roasts, shanks and cutlets.  Increased focus is placed on differing sizes, sexes and fat content of hogs in order to discern the highest and best use of each individual hog that's been trapped or hunted.  Stock-making, lard rendering, sausage-making and slow cooking are all part of this 3+ hour class. Classes are held in our butcher shop at 2406 Manor Road, Austin, Texas. Tickets are transferable, but non-refundable.

SOLD OUT


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Mar
4
6:00 PM18:00

Wild Boar Butchery Class SOLD OUT

Feral hogs are a constant conversation for us, and Texans in general.  What to do with this invasive, destructive pest has become a bit of an obsession for us (#eatahogsavetheworld) and a daily reality for ranchers, farmers, biologists and even people in charge of golf courses.  Fortunately, these tricky pigs are very good if approached with a simple, conceptual butchery and cooking plan, and we are here to help.  

This class covers the butchery of feral hogs, including chops, ribs, bellies, hams, tenderloins, shoulder roasts, shanks and cutlets.  Increased focus is placed on differing sizes, sexes and fat content of hogs in order to discern the highest and best use of each individual hog that's been trapped or hunted.  Stock-making, lard rendering, sausage-making and slow cooking are all part of this 3+ hour class. Classes are held in our butcher shop at 2406 Manor Road, Austin, Texas. Tickets are transferable, but non refundable.

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Feb
22
to Feb 24

February Open Enrollment Hunting School SOLD OUT

Located on a sprawling, hog- and deer-infested ranch amongst the oak covered hills along the banks of Lake Corpus Christi, this class includes 3 guided hunts, along with cleaning, butchering and cooking classwork.

Day 1.  Arrival, and lunch (you guessed it - wild game).  After lunch, we will head to the range and sight rifles in and discuss hunting basics, shot placement and safety.  After this, as the afternoon shadows get long, we head to the blinds in search of feral hogs and whitetail deer.  That evening after the hunt, we will convene at the cleaning station to begin the next step of game processing.  Here, our staff will demonstrate the vital steps of efficient animal skinning and eviscerating, and students are encouraged and assisted in "getting in there" and learning, hands-on.  Once the first hunts' animals are cooling down in the walk-in, it's time for dinner by the fire.

Day 2.  Up early.  Again, we head to the blinds and reconvene at the cleaning station after another hunt for more instruction.  After a quick shower and lunch, we begin the first part of the class: butchery.  Here, hogs and deer are broken down into manageable and cook-able pieces by chef Jesse, with a distinct focus on empowering the home cook/hunter to utilize their animals to the absolute fullest.  Post-butchery, we move on to the cooking, charcuterie, packaging and final uses of these animals.  In this section, we spend a good deal of time on sausage and maximized use of feral hogs and venison.  That night, many of the day's preparations are presented at the Guide's Dinner, where our team of guides, the ranch owner and all of the clients enjoy a huge wild game feast prepared by our Camp Chef, Morgan Angelone.

Day 3.  Up early again, and on another hunt.  After this hunt, we have another meal, and begin packing up everyone's animals for them to take home and apply their new skills on.  We cannot stress enough bringing BIG coolers to this class; our clients often go home with lots and lots of beautiful game.

Included in these trips:

All lodging 

3 guided/semi-guided (depending on skill level) hunts

All meals prepared with local ingredients

Skinning and eviscerating demonstrations

Class on butchery, cooking, charcuterie and packaging of feral hogs

A signed copy of Afield: a chef's guide to preparing and cooking wild game and fish

Open Enrollment Hunting School $2,500 per person

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Dec
10
6:00 PM18:00

"The Taco Pig" Wild Boar Butchery Class

SOLD OUT

This class, inspired by our downtown Taqueria but held at our Butcher Shop at 2406 Manor Road, will approach the issue of feral hogs from the perspective of wrapping them in tortillas.  With hundreds of years of food culture and influences from all over the world, Mexico kills it with their cuisine.  We will use Mexican techniques, ingredients and styles to butcher feral hogs and discuss their myriad preparations for tacos, tortas and tamales. Included in the class is a rambling masa-based series of foods to go along with the instruction on how to make carnitas, tamales, milanesa, pibil, picadillo, longanisa sausages, suadero, rendered lard and even cookies, all made from the destructive and delicious feral pig. 

$175 per person.

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Nov
26
6:00 PM18:00

Wild Boar Butchery Class

SOLD OUT

Feral hogs are a constant conversation for us, and Texans in general.  What to do with this invasive, destructive pest has become a bit of an obsession for us (#eatahogsavetheworld) and a daily reality for ranchers, farmers, biologists and even people in charge of golf courses.  Fortunately, these tricky pigs are very good if approached with a simple, conceptual butchery and cooking plan, and we are here to help.  

This class covers the butchery of feral hogs, including chops, ribs, bellies, hams, tenderloins, shoulder roasts, shanks and cutlets.  Increased focus is placed on differing sizes, sexes and fat content of hogs in order to discern the highest and best use of each individual hog that's been trapped or hunted.  Stock-making, lard rendering, sausage-making and slow cooking are all part of this 3+ hour class. Classes are held in our butcher shop at 2406 Manor Road, Austin, Texas. 

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Nov
16
to Nov 18

November Open Enrollment Hunting School

SOLD OUT

Located on a sprawling, hog- and deer-infested ranch amongst the oak covered hills along the banks of Lake Corpus Christi, this class includes 3 guided hunts, along with cleaning, butchering and cooking classwork.

Day 1.  Arrival, and lunch (you guessed it - wild game).  After lunch, we will head to the range and sight rifles in and discuss hunting basics, shot placement and safety.  After this, as the afternoon shadows get long, we head to the blinds in search of feral hogs and whitetail deer.  That evening after the hunt, we will convene at the cleaning station to begin the next step of game processing.  Here, our staff will demonstrate the vital steps of efficient animal skinning and eviscerating, and students are encouraged and assisted in "getting in there" and learning, hands-on.  Once the first hunts' animals are cooling down in the walk-in, it's time for dinner by the fire.

Day 2.  Up early.  Again, we head to the blinds and reconvene at the cleaning station after another hunt for more instruction.  After a quick shower and lunch, we begin the first part of the class: butchery.  Here, hogs and deer are broken down into manageable and cook-able pieces by chef Jesse, with a distinct focus on empowering the home cook/hunter to utilize their animals to the absolute fullest.  Post-butchery, we move on to the cooking, charcuterie, packaging and final uses of these animals.  In this section, we spend a good deal of time on sausage and maximized use of feral hogs and venison.  That night, many of the day's preparations are presented at the Guide's Dinner, where our team of guides, the ranch owner and all of the clients enjoy a huge wild game feast prepared by our Camp Chef, Morgan Angelone.

Day 3.  Up early again, and on another hunt.  After this hunt, we have another meal, and begin packing up everyone's animals for them to take home and apply their new skills on.  We cannot stress enough bringing BIG coolers to this class; our clients often go home with lots and lots of beautiful game.

Included in these trips:

All lodging 

3 guided/semi-guided (depending on skill level) hunts

All meals prepared with local ingredients

Skinning and eviscerating demonstrations

Class on butchery, cooking, charcuterie and packaging of feral hogs

A signed copy of Afield: a chef's guide to preparing and cooking wild game and fish

Open Enrollment Hunting School $2,500 per person

SOLD OUT

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Oct
29
6:00 PM18:00

Venison Butchery Class

SOLD OUT

Purposely scheduled for right before Texas deer season opens, this class aims to teach our students rudimentary venison butchery, along with detailed descriptions on venison cookery, processing concepts and efficient packaging.  Included in this 3 hour demonstration-style class are butchery methods on cutting loins (backstraps), tenderloins, ribs, roasts, shanks, steaks and cutlets.  Discussion on differing cooking techniques, stock-making and sausage-making is also included.  This class is a must for someone who wants to get the most out of their game this season. Classes are held in our butcher shop at 2406 Manor Road, Austin, Texas. 

$175 per person.

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Sep
24
6:00 PM18:00

Wild Boar Butchery Class

SOLD OUT

Feral hogs are a constant conversation for us, and Texans in general.  What to do with this invasive, destructive pest has become a bit of an obsession for us (#eatahogsavetheworld) and a daily reality for ranchers, farmers, biologists and even people in charge of golf courses.  Fortunately, these tricky pigs are very good if approached with a simple, conceptual butchery and cooking plan, and we are here to help.  

This class covers the butchery of feral hogs, including chops, ribs, bellies, hams, tenderloins, shoulder roasts, shanks and cutlets.  Increased focus is placed on differing sizes, sexes and fat content of hogs in order to discern the highest and best use of each individual hog that's been trapped or hunted.  Stock-making, lard rendering, sausage-making and slow cooking are all part of this 3+ hour class. Classes are held in our butcher shop at 2406 Manor Road, Austin, Texas. 

SOLD OUT

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