Field to Fork



Upcoming Workshops:

  • Deer Field to Fork, December 13th & 14th, Woodford County, KY

    Spots for this workshop are extremely limited! Woodford County Cooperative Extension and the KY Department of Fish and Wildlife have partnered to host a Field to Fork workshop for adults who are beginner or novice deer hunters. Topics to be covered will include: deer biology and behavior, deer hunting licenses and regulations, hunting equipment, hunting strategies, practice on the range with hunting equipment, field dressing, skinning, butchering, and how to cook venison (recipes included). The workshop and mentored hunt will take place in Woodford County, Kentucky.  NOTICE: Registration for this event is currently full. To be added to the waiting list please contact the program coordinator.

    Cost: Free  

    Schedule: December 13th, 9:00 AM – 5:00 PM & December 14th, 7:00 AM – 5:30 PM

     For more information please contact: or 502-330-8487

  • Field to Fork, Venison Processing, December 14th, Woodford County, KY

     This hands on workshop is for those who are unfamiliar with the post-harvest process of deer hunting. Topics to be covered include: skinning, quartering, butchering, meat safety, canning, cooking venison (recipes included), vacuum sealing, grinding, and more! We encourage all those with an interest in cooking wild game meat to attend. Register Here​.

    Cost: Free

    Schedule: December 14th, 10:00 AM – 6:00 PM

    For more information please contact: or 502-330-8487

Field to Fork is a learn-to-hunt program for adults (18 y/o and up) who are new to hunting in general, or who have little-to-no experience hunting the featured game for the workshop. At this time, we host workshops featuring deer hunting, turkey hunting, dove hunting, and upland bird hunting (new 2019!).

Topics covered in Field to Fork workshops include:

  • Biology of game animals
  • History of hunting in Kentucky
  • Habitats of featured game
  • Hunting regulations
  • Basic hunting equipment
  • Scouting and hunting tactics
  • Field dressing
  • Butchering game
  • Preparing game for the table
  • Much more!

The workshops also include hands on range time with certified instructors, using typical hunting equipment, including but not limited to crossbows and shotguns!

Some workshops are combine with a mentored hunt. For the hunt, each participant is paired with a skilled mentor who will assist them during a hunt on public land in Kentucky. The mentor is there to answer questions, share hunting knowledge and skills in the field, and to assist if an animal is harvested. There are also follow up hunt opportunities (that are not mentored) where staff are stationed at a centralized location to assist with post-harvest processing.

Each participant must have their hunter safety certification prior to the workshop. You can find information about classes and online courses here Each participant must also purchase a hunting license prior to the workshop. You can do so here


  Venison Meal


Presented by:


Hunter's Legacy  

Hunter's Legacy

The Hunter's Legacy Program fosters recruitment of new college aged hunters by developing opportunities for positive in the field experiences that include proper hunter ethics, responsibility, and safety demonstrated by dedicated sportsmen desiring to pass on the hunting legacy.

The Kentucky Department of Fish and Wildlife Resources currently hosts clinics, workshops, and mentored hunts with six different colleges and universities across Kentucky. Programs run from 1-3 days and all necessary equipment is provided.

Types of Programs

  • Hunter Safety Education Certification
  • Introduction to Hunting Equipment Clinics (Crossbows, Shotguns, Rifles, Archery, etc.)
  • Field to Fork workshops featuring deer and turkey
  • Mentored Hunts for a wide variety of game

Current Partnerships

  • Eastern Kentucky University
  • Murray State University
  • Western Kentucky University
  • Morehead State University
  • Campbellsville University
  • University of Kentucky

How to Get Involved

  1. Get your college or university involved by contacting the state coordinator.
  2. Organize a workshop or clinic.
  3. Host a mentored hunt.
  4. Be a peer mentor in the field anad at the range.

Contact Us!

Becky Wallen
Hunter's Legacy Coordinator
Explore Bowhunting Coordinator
1-800-858-1549 X 4475
(502) 330-8487
1 Sportsman's Lane
Frankfort, KY 40601