Awaken the Hunter | Learn to hunt

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 small groups, there will be minimal classroom time with emphasis on hands-on, outdoor active learning. Gourmet meals are included and sleeping arrangements will be outdoor camping style with limited indoor facilities available. In some cases wall tents and sleeping arrangements are available/included. 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 instructors and 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.

 

course offerings

 Learn to Hunt

Spring Courses | Big Game & Turkey

  • May 17-20, 2018 [sold out]

Maximum Attendees: 8
$1200-1600 sliding scale
$800 per accompanied child
Camping, or limited frame tent upgrades for $200
One financial assistance package available*

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Summer Courses | Big Game

Maximum Attendees: 12 (or 10 adults) 
$1000-1500 sliding scale
$600 per accompanied child
Camping, or limited frame tent upgrades for $200
One financial assistance package available*

 Learn to Hunt

Fall Courses | Big Game

  • September 20-23, 2018

  • September 27-30, 2018

Maximum Attendees: 6
Wall Tents and sleeping arrangement included
$1950-2400 sliding scale

 Learn to Hunt

Private Courses | Big Game Hunting 

  • May through September

Ideal for parties of five to eight (or more) who want a unique group experience; or for a Parent/Child or Family team that wants an intimate experience with maximum one-on-one instructor time in a private setting. Inquire for details and pricing.

Registration Deposit: $500 (additional $300 per accompanied child) due six weeks prior to start of course to secure your spot. Total Course Fee due by the end of the course.

Total Course Fee (and *Financial Assistance): We strive to keep costs down and offer sliding scales and varying packages to make the courses available to a more diverse group. Our goal is to create a quality experience and we ask for final payment at the end of the course to allow time for individuals to evaluate what the experience is personally worth. For the spring and summer courses we offer a partial financial assistance to one participant per class. Please inquire for details (application for assistance due 2 months prior to course). 10% discount available for repeat participants.

Included with Instruction: All meals (mostly locally grown and wild food, breakfast, lunch & dinner - prepared by a professional chef), a small portion of lamb from the butchering (wrapped for your freezer), custom engraved Buck knife (for field dressing and boning), course materials, tools, and equipment, on-site camping (camping tents available on a limited basis, and lodging available with some courses), guest speakers, lively dialogue, and access to online community of past participants. 

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


COURSE TOPICS

Introduction
•    Ethics, safety, history & philosophy of the hunt

Preparation
•    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, orienteering 

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
•    Ungulate/Ruminant anatomy lesson
•    Field dressing a large animal (gutting, skinning, quartering)
•    Processing (boning the quarters and carcass, identifying different cuts, grinding, wrapping for the freezer) 
•    Transporting game in the field
•    Caring for the meat in the field and at home

Packing/Camping/Survival
•    Setting up base camp, camp essentials
•    Orienteering (map and compass) 
•    Foraging/wild edibles breakout session
•    Fire building and knot tying breakout session

See FAQ's for general gear requirements. More information on suggested gear will be provided with Registration Confirmation