Awaken the Hunter | Learn to Hunt
Holistic Hunting & Connection to Nature
This four-day hunting 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 (paleo-based) meals are included and sleeping arrangements will be outdoor camping style with limited indoor facilities available. There are limited sleeping arrangements available in wall tents/cabins. 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. All participants from the year are eligible to join the instructors for a planned group hunt in October.
dates | course offerings
Note: All Big Game courses cover the same big game hunting curriculum. The main difference between course dates is the size of the course (number of participants). See * notes below.
Signature Big Game hunting course
May 14-17, 2020
May 28-31, 2020
June 25-28, 2020 *
July 16-19, 2020
Sept. 17-20, 2020
Sept. 24-27, 2020 **
Limited “Pay-it-Forward” Scholarships available thanks to past participants who want to help make this available to more folks. See details, below.
Group Size: 6 Participants
$1800-2400 sliding scale
* parent/chilD/student June 25-28 only
Group Size: 10 Adults (+kids)
$950-1600 sliding scale
$500 per accompanied child under 21
Same curriculum as the Signature Course, larger group size
** semi-private Course sept. 24-27 only
Group Size: 4 Participants
Smaller, more intimate groups; more personal instruction
$3000 per participant
Private Courses | business retreats
May through September
Ideal for parties of two to six (recommended max 10) 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 (to secure your spot): $500 per participant +$200 for optional full serve sleeping accommodations - sleeps two). Total Course Fee due at the conclusion of the course. Courses (particularly the smaller group sizes) can fill up 8 months or more in advance.
Total Course Fee (and Financial Assistance): We offer sliding scales and varying packages in an attempt to make the courses available to everyone. 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.
ALUMNI SCHOLARSHIPS: Past participants who recognized the value of this program and wanted to pay it forward have contributed to a scholarship fund. If you require financial assistance to participate please inquire for details or send an in-depth written request outlining your desire to participate, your ability to help us share the mission, and reason(s) for your request.
Included with Instruction: Expert instruction and mentoring by Bruce McGlenn (present for entire course) and other guest instructors, gourmet meals prepared by professional Danish Chef, Taus (locally grown and wild food, breakfast, lunch & dinner - Thursday Breakfast to Sunday Lunch), a small portion of lamb from the butchering (wrapped for your freezer), custom engraved Buck knife (for field dressing and boning - yours to keep), course materials, tools, and equipment, on-site camping (camping tents available on a limited basis, and upgraded accommodations available), lively dialogue, and inclusion in our community network of past participants.
Schedule: The course will officially begin at 9:00 AM on the start date, though it is highly recommended that you arrive the evening prior to settle in.
• Ethics, safety, history & philosophy of the hunt
• Regulations, laws, seasons, cost of entry
• Where to hunt (maps & research); Public lands; Scouting
• Equipment essentials and options
• Hunting strategies and approaches
• Tracking, scouting, reading sign
• Simulated Hunts
• Stalking, walking with awareness
• Wildlife identification and habitat
• Reading topographic maps, using a compass
Marksmanship & Firearms
• Shooting: small & large caliber shooting skills, ballistics, how to choose a rifle, reloading
• Shooting in the field: off-hand, kneeling, field conditions
• Archery shooting
• Muzzleloader basics
After the Shot
• Following a blood trail
• Ungulate/Ruminant anatomy lesson
• Field dressing a large animal (gutting, skinning, quartering)
• Field processing (quartering, boning out the carcass)
• Processing/Butchering (boning the quarters, identifying different cuts, grinding, wrapping for the freezer)
• Transporting game in the field
• Caring for the meat in the field and at home
• 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