Harrogate, Tennessee, May 29, 2018— The Lincoln Memorial University (LMU) Wildlife Society’s annual Wild Game Dinner is a mouthwatering good time for fans of food that doesn’t come from the store, and the money raised helps send students to the Tennessee Wildlife Society meeting to share research and network.
“These are foods you can't buy at a grocery store,” said Dr. Aggy Vanderpool, associate professor of biology and faculty sponsor for the Wildlife Society. “The annual wild game dinner gives people a chance to try foods they may never have eaten before. It provides support for our conservation biology students who are members of the state and national Wildlife Society, and it highlights the importance of management of game populations and responsible sport hunting. It's a wonderful community event and the food is fantastic.”
This year’s dinner, held April 13 at the LMU Convention Center in Cumberland Gap, included smoked wild boar, snow goose, rabbit, turkey, deer, duck, turtle and more. Also on the menu were an assortment of sides and desserts.
“A lot of it may taste like chicken because it is often cooked just like chicken with the same spices and techniques,” said Dr. LaRoy Brandt, assistant professor of conservation biology and co-sponsor of the Wildlife Society. “Last year, my wife and I made a big pot of turtle and noodles, which was one of the biggest hits of the night.”
Wildlife Society members are required to bring a side dish, pot luck style, to be served with the various game dishes that are prepared and served by members of the Wildlife Society, friends, and families. Community patrons have also been encouraged to bring side dishes to receive a discounted entry to the dinner.
The wild game served at the dinner can come from a variety of sources including students who hunt, TWRA staff members and numerous other wildlife agency representatives. In addition to the price for the dinner, a large portion of the fundraiser comes from the after-dinner auction, which includes crafts, wildlife and outdoor items donated from a local businesses, students and faculty, family and friends.
This dinner has been an annual fund raising event for over two decades at LMU, and is a common event for many Wildlife Society student chapters across the nation.
Funds raised last year helped pay for 18 students and two faculty sponsors to attend the 2018 Tennessee Wildlife Society meeting at no cost.
“Attending the meeting of the Tennessee Wildlife Society provides our students a great opportunity to show off their research projects, as well as a chance to network with professionals from various agencies for which are students hope to work,” said Dr. Brandt.
Lincoln Memorial University is a values-based learning community dedicated to providing educational experiences in the liberal arts and professional studies. The main campus is located in Harrogate, Tennessee. For more information about the undergraduate and graduate programs available at LMU, contact the Office of Admissions at 423.869.6280 or e-mail at admissions@LMUnet.edu.