This special four-day (two weekends) course, taught by visting master teacher Bruce McGlenn of the Human Nature Hunting School, 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 holistic approach to learning the entire process from planning and preparation 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 just 10 participants, the course is a combination of classroom time and field and range time, with emphasis on hands-on, active learning. This course takes place outside the general hunting season with the objective of participants feeling confident to get out and hunt on their own later in the year.
+ The course will run 8-4PM daily on March 11-12 and April 8-9 at the Sportsmen's Club on Bainbridge Island.
+ We’ll break for a one-hour lunch at 12PM; local cafes abound on Bainbridge or you can bring a sack lunch.
+ Local lodging is easy to find via AirBnB.
+ Minimum age is 18, however we encourage parent/children teams so please talk to us if you’d like to bring a young hunter with you.
+ Additional information on what to bring (suggested gear, clothing, and equipment if you have it) will be included with registration.
• Ethics, safety, history & philosophy of the hunt
• Regulations, laws, seasons, cost of entry
• Where to hunt (maps & research); Public lands
• Equipment essentials and options
• 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
Spots are limited; sign up today!