Do you have a desire to learn how to source your own protein?
Have you always wanted to learn more about hunting but weren’t sure who to ask?
Would you like to introduce others to the many benefits of hunting while also helping to ensure the future of hunting?
If you answered yes to any of these questions, or if you are just curious about the Field to Fork program, then we invite to you learn more about the program and how you can get involved!
The first thing to do as a new hunter is let us know where you are and get our list of compiled recommended resources at this link. If you’re a current hunter willing to mentor please do the same at our mentor page.
About Field to Fork
The National Deer Association’s (NDA) Field to Fork is a food-focused hunter recruitment program for adults from non-hunting backgrounds piloted in Athens, Georgia in 2016 by NDA Director of Hunting Hank Forester and Charles S. Evans, the Georgia R3 Coordinator with the Georgia Wildlife Federation. Hinging on a unique approach involving recruitment at a local farmer’s market, visitors were asked if they wanted to sample from a spread of venison sausage, grilled backstrap or venison jerky, and they were provided with a handout titled “Why Should You Hunt Deer?” They were then offered the chance to participate in a season-long mentored hunting program that would teach them how to hunt and acquire a wild, healthy, local, sustainable source of food on their own.
As a cooperative program, Field to Fork included additional support from the Georgia Department of Natural Resources/Wildlife Resources Division and the National Wild Turkey Federation. The Field to Fork name, logo and branding were used with permission from the Kentucky Department of Fish and Wildlife Resources.
Since 2017, NDA and the Georgia R3 Initiative have supported replication efforts of Field to Fork around the country through their members as well as a diverse list of partners. For more information on Field to Fork, or if you are interested in replicating or participating, email Hank Forester.
Field to Fork Testimonials