Founder of the Human Nature Hunting School and lead instructor, Bruce McGlenn, has over 30 years of bird and big game hunting experience in the Pacific Northwest. Prior to that he learned the ways of hunting from atop his father's shoulders during bird hunting trips in eastern Washington. Primarily a deer and elk hunter, he has also hunted antelope and caribou as well as waterfowl, upland birds, and turkey.
Additionally, Bruce has been teaching introductory hunting and shooting classes with the non-profit Washington Outdoor Women for the last 15 years and has been a fly fishing and a whitewater rafting guide. He is a certified Master Hunter, shooting instructor, holds a Master’s degree in sustainable business and is a licensed professional engineer in the state of Washington.
Bruce is a conservationist and steward of the land, primarily due to his understanding and appreciation of our ecosystem from engaging in it as a participant. He views his role as a healer as much as a guide and instructor.
A lifelong hunter born and raised in Montana, John has taught shooting and hunting skills with Washington Outdoor Women for the last 15 years, as well as his sons and daughter how to hunt and fish. He has served on numerous committees and boards of conservation-based NGOs and is a founding board member and past president of The Washington Wildlife & Recreation Coalition and the current president of the Washington Wildlife Federation. John served two six year terms on the Washington Fish & Wildlife Commission (receiving the NWF Conservationist of the Year award during that time).
He is a certified Master Hunter, a consulting engineer, and a Distinguished Marksman and Expert in rifle and pistol for the Navy. John learned to hunt from his father in the Flathead Valley.
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Kelly White, Hunting Guide
Kelly was born and raised in Kettle Falls and has been hunting here and in neighboring states for more than 50 years. He has archery hunted for more than 40 years with his longbow and recurve, and has been guiding for 20 years.
Having successfully hunted moose, elk, mule deer and whitetail deer, bear, and turkey, by way of archery, muzzle loader, and modern firearm, Kelly primarily hunts with his re-curve bow. He served on the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife Commission for over 10 years, has been active with the Kettle Falls Gun Club, formed a local archery club, and was on the board of directors for Washington State Bowhunters.
With his family, Kelly runs the Mingo Mountain Retreat, established in 2010 as a way to share their historic home with others so they might enjoy the property, hiking and hunting just as their family has done for generations. It's a popular destination for spring turkey hunters and late summer/fall deer hunters, with year-round hiking.
Kelly is a longtime family friend and helped Bruce with his first deer in the early '90's.
Kyle Chamberlain, Forager
Kyle has worked as a survival skills instructor, conservation educator, wilderness therapy counselor, trail crew leader, freelance writer, and as a botany technician for the Colville National Forest. His Human Habitat Project, based in Kettle Falls, Washington, pioneers in feral food forestry and integrating ancestral skills with modern life. Kyle has taught for Rabbitstick, Saskatoon Circle, Between the Rivers, the National Park Service, and various museums and private groups. His writings have appeared in Permaculture Activist and The Permaculture Research Institute blog. He co-hosts the annual North Columbia Knap In.
Kyle began foraging and trekking in his teen years, guided by the writings of Larry Olsen and Tom Elpel, and inspired by the stark sagebrush deserts of Eastern Washington. He lived by foraging, alone, for as long as a month at a time. Kyle still wants to be a hunter/gatherer when he grows up. He is presently fascinated with the co-evolution of food plants and humans, critiques of civilization in classical philosophy, and tertiary paleontology.
Kyle lives on 20 acres outside of Kettle Falls and is in the process of restoring this land by creating a food forest which will include hundreds of tree and shrub species while providing food with little or no inputs.
Rick & Kriss Douglass, Biologists
Rick and Kriss are both life-long outdoor enthusiasts with a passion for the natural world. Rick, a retired biology professor at Montana Tech, has spent many years studying hantavirus and associated deer mice. Kriss, a retired biologist for the state of Montana, spent a good portion of her career at FIsh, Wildlife & Parks, where she was one of the first and few women to work at hunting check stations. They are long-time hunters and enjoy eating their locally hunted deer, elk, and antelope throughout the year.
Todd Baarstad, WDFW
As a Private Lands Biologist in Northeast Washington, Todd manages private lands hunting access and wildlife habitat development projects in district 1, and Lincoln County in district 2. Graduating from the University of Idaho in 1991 with a Bachelor of Science degree in wildlife biology, he worked for the US Forest Service for 3 seasons. He joined the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife at the Wells Wildlife Area in 1994 before moving to the Sunnyside Wildlife Area in 1996 where he was hired as the assistant manager at Scotch Creek Wildlife Area in Region 2 in 1997. Todd moved to his current position in 2002 and lives on the Swanson Lakes Wildlife Area. Todd and his wife, Jeanne have raised three children and are now helping teach their four grandchildren to hunt, fish, and enjoy the outdoors.
J.D. MARSHALL, Archer
J.D. grew up in a bowhunting family in Oregon. One of his earliest memories from around the age of 3 or 4 is clinging to his great aunt Gladys’ leg while a cow elk thundered towards them, certain to run them over in an attempt to elude the rest of their family nearby. Mostly a deer and elk hunter, he has always used traditional bowhunting equipment: longbows and recurves and wood arrows homemade from local materials. Since that first encounter he has been within yards of deer, elk, bear, bobcat, moose, and countless other non-game animals that seemed unaware or accepting of his presence. J.D. has taken away more memories from hunting trips than he has animals. For him that is bowhunting.
realigned my soul and shifted my priorities
My son, Parker and I both had an extremely memorable time with you and would definitely do it again and recommend your school to others. The time we spent together actually changed me, Bruce, and it is difficult to explain. Our time together realigned my soul and shifted my priorities, almost as though a window opened inside me that I did not know existed. It all started on a trip to Alaska this summer, which is how I found out about you and your school. Hunting was always a mystery that I felt I would never be able to learn about not having been taught as a child. You made it accessible and highly educational, creating a confidence in me that I thought I would never get. My 12-year-old son has ADHD and took to your training better than I ever thought. You showed patience with him that made his time something he will talk about for a long time to come.
I’m a yogi and mostly vegan, and many of my vacations are spiritual retreats in India. Never did I think I would attend a hunting school and actually be totally open to hunting as a way of life and source for food. The meat one hunts for simply cannot be compared to the meat one purchases, however conscious that meat is. Furthermore I will go so far as to say that eating wild meat can actually be compared to the vegan lifestyle to which I am accustomed. You presented hunting not as a sport but as a way of tuning in and connecting to the natural environment, living in harmony with nature.
One story you told really framed your approach, how you talked about traipsing around in the woods for hours through the snow enduring all sorts of physical hardships when finally you came upon a buck. You got it in your sights and were about to pull the trigger when something didn’t feel right…so you let it go. That story made me realize what a sacred act hunting can be. I also appreciate how you taught us to use all parts of the animal and waste nothing.
Please let me know when the next class is, and this time I want to bring both of my kids.
- Jason & Parker Freskos, Ross, CA
Ps. Taus is a culinary God, and having that level of food set you apart and in a league of your own. The food was better than available in most restaurants, and to have that level of food out in the wild is simply epic!
much needed for the state of my soul
I cannot thank you enough for the course and the experience. It was at once a retreat and a time of learning for me and much needed for the state of my soul (in the language of my people) so to speak. I very much enjoyed the conversations and the time with you, your dad, and your friends. Honestly I’d sign up again for the course just to have the time with you folks…
Since completing your course, I have been dreaming about hunting and my time at your place, which is an endorsement for how it touched me even if I don’t yet have the words for it fully… When I started surfing (which changed my life!) I often dreamed of surfing (still do) so it says a lot about how you and the course touched me. I’d love to do your spring course as well schedule permitting.
- Mark Cordes, San Francisco, CA
hunting as a way to connect with nature, and with our own human nature
The spring course gave me everything I needed to launch into big game hunting this fall. Bruce and his staff explained how to find game, where to find the rules of the hunt, what to consider when selecting a rifle and ammunition, and how to field dress, quarter and butcher an animal. With that foundation, I was able to purchase and practice with a rifle, find a place to hunt, pack for a successful backpack hunt, and spend 3 days in the high alpine wilderness pursuing a deer.
My favorite part of the course was the camaraderie of the group. That process started with the individuals who chose to attend. Everyone was interested in hunting as a way to connect with nature, and with our own human nature. And then undertaking the adventure of learning about (or teaching) hunting skills built camaraderie among the group.
The most memorable part of the course was the food--the sights, smells and flavors. The front shoulder roasted in the net was a novel and very cool way to use a part that rarely gets eaten. I won't forget the sight of locally foraged greens and seared elk steaks all served on cast iron pans on the Coleman stove.
The aha moment: Visiting with the WDFW biologist and learning that they are willing and able to share information with individuals.
- Nina Mitchell, Bainbridge Island, WA
a masterful job of demystifying the hunt
Hunting can seem like a deeply mysterious and intimidating process. I had always wanted to learn the ins and outs of it, but without growing up in a hunting family I had very few places to turn. Bruce and his co-instructors at HNHS did a masterful job of demystifying the hunt while also capturing the primal timelessness of why we do it. Our course included in-depth conversations on hunting ethics and wildlife conservation without skimping on the tactical details of how to execute a successful hunting trip from beginning to end.
Field dressing really stuck with me the most. This is probably because it's the most intimidating and mystifying part of the experience for me, and it naturally brings out some very primal feelings in the process. I feel a million times more capable and comfortable with the entire hunting process simply as a result of learning this skill set alone.
I cannot recommend this course enough. I've been trying to find something like it for ages, and Bruce has managed to craft his knowledge into the perfect offering. With his help, I've gained a lifelong hobby and taken the first steps toward reconnecting with the ecosystem I live in.
- Joe McNulty, Seattle, WA
incredible memories for Rachel and me
I have been looking for a way to get in touch with nature and learn how to successfully and safely learn about hunting. Having not grown up hunting, the idea of just going out into the woods with a deer tag didn't sit well with me. Also, I very much wanted to learn while having my daughter be a part of this journey. And no, I wasn't looking to just go shoot a trophy deer on a guided trip.
I learned about the HNHS by way of the staff at Outdoor Emporium. One of the guys spoke very highly of the McGlenn family. So I did my research and spoke with Bruce numerous times. It is a huge step driving someplace you have never been with your child to learn about hunting! Bruce answered all of my questions and engaged me on what I was looking to learn. That was enough to get my daughter and me enrolled.
The experience that we had in Kettle Falls has created some incredible memories for Rachel and me. In fact, my Father's Day gift this year was a book that Rachel created (with Mom's help) detailing our time there and what we learned. We both came away with some incredible new skills. The detailed portion on processing your animal was amazing and literally a start to finish task. I now understand the preparation needed for what happens after you make the kill. Rachel did struggle at first with the idea of killing in order to get meat. I am glad she did and understood that connection between "Life" and what we put into our bodies and how that meat sustains us. This is something that our culture has lost certainly with regard to food being so readily available at the grocery store. The beauty of this process was that Rachel came to it in her time through the help of those at the school, without being forced. Having made that decision then to join in she readily went to work with processing and by the end couldn't wait to get to the grinder with the meat.
I simply can't say enough about Bruce and the school (concept) that he is offering to his students at his cabin. There is NO ONE doing what the HNHS is doing with regard to hunt tactics, hunt preparation, overall safety, processing, etc. with such passion and humility. This is one of those experiences that you will never forget and to be able to include your child in that process is amazing. This school is geared so well to children because it is indeed more of an outdoor skills school. By going out into the forest and foraging for your vegetables/roots and breaking down your own meat, you have the satisfaction of knowing that you can feed yourself in healthy ways.
- Michael Nelson, Seattle, WA
I had a life-changing time participating in Awakening the Hunter.
I can't more highly recommend this experience, especially for those who wish to explore their relationship with the hunt, nature and themselves.
Words can't do justice to this amazing and transformative experience, and I greatly look forward to attending their future offerings. Much gratitude for all who make this possible.
- Nick Vail, Seattle, WA
unwavering commitment to teach others
As an aspiring new hunter in 2007, I met Bruce McGlenn who shared his multi-skilled approach to the craft and passion of hunting big game, his stories of physically challenging pursuits and his unwavering commitment to teach others to embrace the value of our outdoor experiences. Just hearing the level of effort to prepare, encouraging safe marksmanship skills by practice and the reality of earning that notch in a game tag through personal responsibility jutted me forward in annual pursuit.
I often enjoy the feeling of pride that comes from a resurging confidence now that I have experienced the reward of tucking that sacred, red meat into my own freezer by a well-placed shot – the capstone to a thoughtful and engaged pursuit in the wild.
- Kristie Miller, Tacoma, WA
hunting as a conscious practice
I strongly recommend this program to anyone interested in hunting as a conscious practice. I learned a lot about all aspects of hunting from start to finish, and I have a much better sense of how the practical aspects of hunting are entwined with ethical, spiritual, and global issues. Bruce is an excellent instructor and he's put together a strong supporting cast of kind, patient, and experienced guides. To top it all off, the food was great, I had a lot of fun, and made some new friends in the process.
- Robert Lee, Whidbey Island, WA
deep respect for the animals
Alex and I had a great time learning and hunting with Bruce. We were almost complete newbies when we headed out with him to his hunting grounds, and we left at the end of the day with the knowledge of how to set decoys, clean ducks, and many other skills you can't learn very well on your own. Bruce has a deep respect for the animals and the land, and we have a tremendous respect for him. For those of us who weren't lucky enough to learn from a family member, this was a great opportunity to start to gain the practical skills necessary to build confidence and enjoy the hunt in a safe, ethical way.
- Eric & Alexandra, Seattle, WA