Awakening the Hunter

This four-day course, located on private hunting ground in Kettle Falls, Washington, will cover in-depth big game hunting training and education for those wanting to deepen the human-nature connection by awakening and honing the senses that arise during the hunt. Not to be confused with a guided hunt or the pursuit of trophies; this is a more holistic approach to learning the entire process from planning and prep to stalking and hunting to field dressing and butchering. The underlying purpose is to heal the connection between humans and nature by experiencing the essence of the hunt, which requires time in the field and thinking like a wild animal. This process is a slow, thoughtful immersion to establish the strongest bonds possible to the land and our ecosystem, at which point hunting becomes more an act of giving and receiving than of conquering and taking.

Limited to eight participants, there will be minimal classroom time with emphasis on hands-on, outdoor active learning. Meals are included and sleeping arrangements will be outdoor camping style with limited indoor facilities available. Minimum recommended age is 18, (or 10 if accompanied by parent). We encourage parent/children teams so please talk to us if you’d like to bring a young hunter with you who is younger than 10.

This course takes place outside the general fall hunting season with the objective of participants feeling confident to get out and hunt on their own. Remaining involved with the instructor community after the completion of the course is encouraged as a resource to answer future questions and aid in the realization of successful outings. Anyone born after January 1, 1972 wishing to hunt in Washington is required by law to pass a WDFW hunter safety course, which typically fill up fast towards the end of summer.

Browse photos from previous courses here:  View Past Photos 

Read an Article in Crosscut written from a past participant: 

Life, death and the dinner table

At a four-day hunting school in backwoods Washington, students ponder what it means to eat meat, and whether they’d be willing to kill for it.

Samantha Larson

course dates:

  • May 4-7, 2017  Big Game & Turkey Hunting (Turkey hunting opportunities)  [SOLD OUT - Wait List]
  • August 17-20, 2017  Big Game Hunting Parent/Child Emphasis (Discounts available for accompanied children under 25) Open to single participants as well. 
  • September 28 - October 1, 2017  Big Game Hunting 

Registration Deposit: $300 to reserve your spot in the course. (Additional $200 for each child under 21.)

Total Course Fee: $900 - $1500 sliding scale; Accompanied Child under 21: $600. (balance due by completion of the course.) By contributing more, you help further our mission and make it more attainable for others to participate. Thank you. We strive to keep the cost to a minimum; please contact us if cost is a deterrent, or if you'd like to make a donation. Discounts available for group registrations.

Includes: Custom engraved Buck knife (for field dressing and boning), meals (mostly locally grown and wild food), on-site camping (tent platforms and small cabins in the works for 2017), access to outdoor solar heated shower and outhouse facilities, limited access to cabin with indoor plumbing, course materials and equipment, guest speakers and lively dialogue. 

Arrive by noon on the start date. Contact us about arriving the night before if that is more convenient. 

Minimum/Maximum number of participants per course: 5/8


•    Ethics, safety, history & philosophy of the hunt

•    Regulations, laws, seasons, cost of entry
•    Where to hunt (maps & research); Public lands
•    Equipment essentials and options

In-Field Skills
•    Hunting strategies and approaches
•    Tracking, scouting, reading sign
•    Stalking, walking with awareness
•    Wildlife identification and habitat
•    Using topographic maps 

Marksmanship & Firearms
•    Shooting: small & large caliber shooting skills, ballistics, how to choose a rifle, reloading
•    Archery & Muzzleloader basics; emphasis on modern firearms

After the Shot
•    Following a blood trail
•    Field dressing a large animal (gutting, skinning, quartering)
•    Transporting game in the field
•    Caring for the meat in the field and at home

•    Setting up base camp, camp essentials
•    Foraging/wild edibles breakout session

What to Bring

Tent & sleeping arrangements (we have extra gear if you don't have your own)
Water bottle
Camp chair (if you have one)
Hiking boots or sturdy shoes
Layers for temperature variations
Rain gear
Swimming suit

Expect warm days and cool nights.

(More information will be provided with Registration Confirmation)