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.

Brief overview of the four-day Course

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.

 

course offerings

Note: All Big Game courses cover the same big game hunting curriculum. Courses that occur between April 15 and May 30 offer additional turkey hunting opportunities when time permits (usually means getting up at 4 AM for a morning hunt before breakfast). Otherwise the main difference between course dates is the size of the course (number of participants).

Learn to Hunt

Signature Big Game hunting course

  • May 2-5, 2019 w/ turkey hunting [sold out]

  • july 11-14, 2019

Maximum Attendees: 6 Adults
$1590-2350 sliding scale
$800 per accompanied child under 18

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Student/parent-child specials:

Big Game

  • June 27-30, 2019

Maximum Attendees: 10 Adults 
$950-1600 sliding scale
$400 per accompanied child under 18

learn to hunt turkeys

Turkey Hunting

  • April 25-28

Maximum Attendees: 6 Adults
$1200-1800 sliding scale
$600 per accompanied child under 18
Inquire for details

Learn to Hunt

semi-private Fall Courses | Big Game

  • September 26-29, 2019 [1 spot open]

Maximum Attendees: 4
Smaller, more intimate groups; more personal instruction
$1950-2900 sliding scale 

Learn to Hunt

Private Courses | Big Game Hunting 

  • May through September

Ideal for parties of two to six (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 at the conclusion of the course.

Total Course Fee (and Financial Assistance): We 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 some 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).

Included with Instruction: Gourmet meals prepared by a professional Danish chef (locally grown and wild food, breakfast, lunch & dinner - Thursday Lunch 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), guest speakers, lively dialogue, and access to online community of past participants, which is growing by the month.

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; Scouting
•    Equipment essentials and options

In-Field Skills
•    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

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

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State Wildlife Agencies:

Washington

Washington Department of Fish & Wildlife - HUNTING
Licensing
Regulations & Seasons (We go through these in detail at the course)
Hunting Prospects
Hunter Education
Hunting Access

Alabama

Alabama Department of Conservation and Natural Resources

Alaska

Alaska Department of Fish and Game

Arizona

Arizona Game and Fish Department

Arkansas

Arkansas Game and Fish Commission

California

California Department of Fish and Wildlife

Colorado

Colorado Parks & Wildlife

Connecticut

Department of Energy & Environmental Protection

Delaware

Delaware Division of Fish & Wildlife

District of Columbia

District Department of the Environment

Florida

Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission

Georgia

Georgia Department of Natural Resources

Hawaii

Hawaii Department of Land and Natural Resources

Idaho

Idaho Fish and Game

Illinois

Illinois Department of Natural Resources

Indiana

Indiana Department of Natural Resources

Iowa

Iowa Department of Natural Resources

Kansas

Kansas Department of Wildlife, Parks and Tourism

Kentucky

Kentucky Department of Fish & Wildlife Resources

Louisiana

Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries

Maine

Maine Department of Inland Fisheries & Wildlife

Maryland

Maryland Department of Natural Resources

Massachusetts

Massachusetts Division of Fisheries & Wildlife

Michigan

Michigan Department of Natural Resources

Minnesota

Minnesota Department of Natural Resources

Mississippi

Mississippi Department of Wildlife, Fisheries & Parks

Missouri

Missouri Department of Natural Resources

Montana

Montana Fish, Wildlife & Parks

Nebraska

Nebraska Game and Parks Commission

Nevada

Nevada Department of Wildlife

New Hampshire

New Hampshire Fish and Game

New Jersey

New Jersey Division of Fish & Wildlife

New Mexico

New Mexico Department of Game & Fish

New York

New York Department of Environmental Conservation

North Carolina

North Carolina Wildlife Resources Commission

North Dakota

North Dakota Game and Fish Department

Ohio

Ohio Department of Natural Resources

Oklahoma

Oklahoma Department of Wildlife Conservation

Oregon

Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife

Pennsylvania

Pennsylvania Game Commission

Rhode Island

Rhode Island Division of Fish & Wildlife

South Carolina

South Carolina Department of Natural Resources

South Dakota

South Dakota Game, Fish, and Parks

Tennessee

Tennessee Wildlife Resources Agency

Texas

Texas Parks & Wildlife

Utah

Utah Division of Wildlife Resources

Vermont

Vermont Fish & Wildlife Department

Virginia

Virginia Dept. of Game & Inland Fisheries

Washington

Washington Department of Fish & Wildlife

West Virginia

West Virginia Division of Natural Resources

Wisconsin

Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources

Wyoming

Wyoming Game and Fish Department