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Whatever your previous experience with net, rod or gun, it is likely that spending a weekend in the company of Roger Harrington’s team will improve your knowledge and skills. That was the conclusion Steve and I reached when we heard about the Countryman’s Course run by Bison Bushcraft and decided to go along.
Longer than the standard weekend course, we arrived in East Sussex (along with 5 others) on the Friday lunchtime and transferred our kit into tipis which were up and ready to be our home for the next two and a half days. As promised by the joining instructions, it’s a secure site with open fields flanking a large block of woodland and very straightforward to find. The course briefing promised much hands-on experience, including preparation of a wide variety of game which would be expertly converted by JP into our fully catered meals.
In the middle of the very wet summer of 2007 I arrived at the meeting point to attend a Backwoods Cookery weekend run by Bison Bushcraft http://www.bisonbushcraft.co.uk/page18/page18.html ” this will surely test anyone’s cooking techniques A Friday evening and made the short journey to our woodland site to set up our bashas and get straight into the basics of the course. Our training would be delivered by Roger Harrington, who runs Bison Bushcraft, supported by Neil, Steve and Helen. As it turned out, each would bring their own specialism to a very full weekend’s activities and Neil, as a professional chef, would provide very effective and imaginative leadership throughout.
After a short session meeting the other participants including a briefing on the course structure, it was hands on preparing the evening meal. This was just the start of our introduction to a wide range of equipment and techniques, so our fare comprised a basic yet tasty meal of vegetables and unleavened bread to provide a base for the training to come and encourage us into the swing of things. The opportunity was taken to develop our understanding of fire management, a variety of cooking utensils and the techniques of quick and slow cooking. The next two days would deal with backwoods cookery both travelling light on the trail and in basecamp on expedition.