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EducationWinterCamp16TuesdayMarch122013AuroraCollegestudentsdelveintoallthingscaribouByRENEFRANCOEURKylaGrayofHayRivernowknowsrsthandwhatittakestoputdinneronthetableinthebush.Gray25shotandkilledherrstcariboulastWednesdayaspartoftheintensivewintercampexerciseforsecondyearstudentsinAuroraCollegesEnvironmentandNaturalRe-sourcesTechnologyProgramENRTP.Theadrenalinewasjustpumping.Wecameuponagroupofsixcaribou.FivewenttotheleftonewentrightstoppedandIshotherintheneckontherstshotGraytoldTheJour-nal.IttookherdownandIthoughtithadkilledhersoIwasexcitedbecauseIdidntwanttohaveherinpainbutwhenwegotclosershegotupandtookoffagain.IttookGraythreeshotsintotaltobringthe170poundfemalebarrengroundcariboudown.ItwasGraysrsttimekillingananimal.Herworkdidnotstopthereasshewasalsoresponsibleforbutcheringherkillandpreparingitforsupper.Afterherclassmatesperformedthenecropsyoutsidecampinbit-ter-28Ccoldshecarvedoutsteaksandstewmeat.Grayandfourotherrst-yearstudentsfromthepro-gramatFortSmithsThe-bachacampusleftMar.2tospend10daysinthefrigidwildernessoftheSouthSlavebolsteringtheirsurvivalskillsandknowledgeofcaribou.FlownbybushplaneouttoManchesterLakeapproxi-mately260kmnortheastofFortSmiththestudentssetuptheirowncampcompletewithtentsplatformsofsnowforbedscookstovesandsty-rofoamtoilets.Nextcametimeforthehunt.Eachstudenthadtoshoothisorherowncari-bouduringwintercampanddividedupintoteamswasalsoresponsiblefordissect-ingthecarcassandpackag-ingthemeat.Itsthepracticalhands-onsideoftheprogramwheretheydrawoneverythingtheyvelearnedGeorgePe-tersonanENRTPinstructorsaidatcamp.Someofthemhaveittheyvegrownupwithbushexperience.Some-timeswehavepeoplewhoarecompletelynewtotheCana-dianNorthlikeAlexthisyearwhoisfromtheUkraine.AlexanderYakupov36studiedmultipleCanadianprogramswhenitcametoThehighwindonthelakemadeitdifficulttoshootstraighthenoted.EarlEvansaMtishunterandtrapperbornandraisedinFortSmithwasonhandwiththeGNWTonwildlifesurveyswatchedcarefullyasstudentstookmeasurementsandpeeledbackthehideswiththeirknivesremindingthemtocutalongtheboneandsprinklesnowonbloodclotstocleanitoffbecausethemeatisstillgood.BrettElkinawildlifedis-easecontaminantsspecialistwiththedepartmentofEn-vironmentandNaturalRe-sourcesassistedstudentswiththenecropsiesopeningeveryorganandtakingsam-plessuchasthebrainstemandlymphnodestocheckfordisease.IfthisanimalhadanthraxitsspleenwouldbethesizeofahousewhichitsnotsowereallgoodhereElkinsaidholdingtheorganupforeveryonetosee.Lastyearapproximately440bisondiedfromthebac-terialdiseaseElkinnoted-thelargestoutbreakinNWThistory.WithElkinthegroupalsocheckedthecaribouforpara-sitesanddefectsndingtwocystsinoneliver.TriciaFlemingafourth-yearstudentfortheAtlanticVeterinaryCollegeinPrinceEdwardIslandalsotravelledwithElkintowintercampaspartofhernalpracticumro-tationperiod.Shetoreapartonecaribousthreestrong-smellingstom-achsburstingwithhalfdi-gestedfoodtoshowstudentshowtheanimalsabsorbextranutrientsfromthegrassbymeansoftheintricatehoney-combpatternontheinteriorofthereticulumchamber.Justlookateverythingandlookatasmanydifferentsam-plesaspossiblesowhenyoucomeacrossanabnormalityitllstickoutbecauseyouhaveallthesehealthysamplesinyourheadtocompareittoshetoldstudents.Fridaythegroupwasdroppedoffwithjustafewnecessitiesaboutonekilome-trefromcampandforcedtosurviveontheirown.Theyhadbeeninstructedtobuildlean-tosandquinzheesforshelter.IftheirsignalrewasbigenoughtheinstructorswouldpickthemupSundaymorning.Iftheycouldntseetheirsignalresthestudentswouldhavetowaitafewmorehours.Itsthepracticalhands-onsideoftheprogramwheretheydrawoneverythingtheyvelearned.GeorgePetersonENRTPinstructornaturalresourcemanagementwhenhedecidedtomakealifechangewhilelivinginEurope.HewassoldonAu-roraCollegeparticularlyfortheon-landexperienceitguaranteedintheNorthernenvironment.Ivebeenhuntingfor15yearsbutthiswasthersttimeIhuntedcaribouhetoldTheJournalashebeganslicingahindquartertowrapupandtakebacktothecom-munity.Thatwasincrediblyexcitingforme.Itdidtakemethreeshotsthough.fortherstfourdaystohelpstudentspickouttheirpreyandskintheanimals.Ithinkhesprobablythebestcaribouskinneraroundhecandoitin10minutesatChristopherBlechertastu-dentfromYellowknifesaid.ImnotgoingtolieIwasabitqueasythersttimeEarlwasskinning.ThenwhenIhadtodoitmyselfitwasokay...Ittooklongeranditsharderthanhemakesitlook.Evanswholedcommunityhuntsstartingasfarbackasthelate70sandalsoworkedPhotosReneFrancoeurChristopherBlechert26attemptstoremovecaribouteethtondouttheanimalsageonManchesterLakelastWednesday.ErinGoose26inredheavesafreshcaribouuptobeweighed.AuroraCollegeinstructorGeorgePetersoncentrebutchersthedayskillwithstudentsAlexanderYakupovleftandKylaGray.AtlanticVeterinaryCollegestudentTriciaFlemingrightexplainstoJoelJacksonwhatahealthykidneylookslike.PeelingbackthecaribouhideErinGooserightandChristopherBlechertinspecttheanimalforabnormalities.JoelJacksonpreparestosetupthemeatbutcheringtentwithNorthwesternAirsCessna185whichbringsincampsuppliesduringtheweekinthebackground.