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Wilderness Weekend (Mead Longbows & American Survival Co)

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Macon, GA

10518 Zebulon Rd

Forsyth, GA 31029

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Explore the outdoors with American Survival Co and Mead Longbows

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Join American Survival Co. & Mead Longbows for a Wilderness Weekend in Macon, GA as you explore the outdoors, learning to safely navigate wildlife, edible and medicinal plants, game stalking and have the opportunity to build your own bow and learn archery. This is going to be an action-packed weekend, getting back to your primitive ancestry and enjoying the wilderness. You can attend the full weekend or pick and choose the courses that most interest you.

FRIDAY

9:30-11:30 AM - Plant Walk - Identify the edible and medicinal uses for plants all around you on our 2 hour hike through the wilderness.

11:45 AM - 12:45 PM - Lunch Break & Archeological Discussion

1:00 - 4:00 PM - Land Navigation & Archeological Hunt

SATURDAY

9:00 AM - 5:00 PM - Build a high-quality composite bow and learn archery in one day with Dave Mead of Mead Longbows and Joel Graves of American Survival Co. Must register 3 weeks in advance for time to custom make bow kit ($159)

SUNDAY

9:00 AM - 5:00 PM - Intuitive Zen Archery and Game Stalking

CLASS DETAILS:

Edible & Medicinal Plant Walk - Take a walk on the weedy and the wild side with Joel Graves of American Survival Co. Trek through the woods with our expert survival instructor, identifying edible and medicinal plants that are readily available in your area. Learn the benefits and modern uses for these plants, as well as how indigenous cultures used every day weeds as essential medicine and cooking ingredients. You will leave with a valuable knowledge of every day weeds that can be brought into your kitchens and medicine cabinets.

WHAT TO BRING: bug spray, tick spray, water proof boots/shoes, pen/paper for taking notes, small bag for collecting specimens

COST - $20/adults | $10/kids 4-12 years (2 hour walk, may not be suitable for very small children, but we allow parents to make that decision)

Land Navigation & Archeological Hunt - Many modern navigation tools are excellent, but do you know what to do when they fail? Can you find your way without devices? In American Survival Co.’s outdoor navigation class you will learn multiple techniques for wilderness navigation, so you can get yourself safely to your destination. This class is great for hikers, backpackers, hunters, campers and adventurers. However, outdoor navigation is useful in many survival situations for those who never expect to be lost or stranded in the wilderness, this skill set is extremely valuable for all people to hone. While we are learning to safely navigate the wilderness we will also be looking for archeological finds that we learned about during lunch.

WHAT TO BRING: bug spray, tick spray, compass (optional), notebook/pen, waterproof foot wear

COST: $45/adults | $30/child age 4-12

Build a Composite Bow & Learn to Use it

Make a high-performance composite bow and arrow with your hands and learn primitive archery all in one day. We have partnered with Dave Mead Longbows to provide hand-crafted kits for a unique, primitive bow with impressive quality at an affordable price. Upon completion of our class you will leave with a great shooting bow, handmade arrow and the skills required to use them effectively.

This bow does not disappoint. Stable, accurate and smooth to draw, the horse bow is very compact with no stack, finger pinch, or hand shock. These bows can be made as takedowns for ultra portability or as a sing high-performance unit.

Takeaway: Students will leave with a hand-crafted, great quality horse bow and the knowledge to use it.

WHAT TO BRING: bug spray, bushcraft knife

COST: $249/person - a $159 bow kit is included in the cost. This ticket is required 3 weeks prior to ensure we have time to custom make each bow

Intuitive Zen Archery and Game Stalking - Learn to shoot a primitive bow using intuitive archery with a Zen-like approach. This approach is about "letting go" of your daily distraction and "taking aim" at yourself to forge the spirit and create the life you wish to lead. As we explore game stalking, we will learn to hunt whitetail deer without modern tools or technology by getting closer to nature without the pressure of making the kill. You will journey into the woods with no trail cams, food plots, or feeder - just knowledge and a bow. Get out of the stand and challenge yourself to survive and thrive without modern technology. You will learn the basics of hunting, about animals and their movements, tracking, blending into the natural environment without disturbing it, and how to effectively hunt in tight spaces. This is perfect for beginner hunters, modern hunters who wish to hone primitive skills, and even those who are not hunters but wish to learn more about tracking and getting close to animals. This is a great add-on to the bow class happening Saturday, but the bow class is not required to participate.

WHAT TO BRING: bug spray, tick spray, bow, appropriate clothing and footwear for treking through the woods

COST: $149/person

INSTRUCTORS:

Dave Mead, Mead Longbows -

Dave has been a craftsman and artist since childhood. Bow making began as a young child and with his martial arts background, archery was always a big part of his life. From the beginning, he enjoyed making and using many different primitive weapons. He always felt a tight relationship with nature and everything it provides. When he decided to hunt to provide food for his quickly growing family, he wanted to do it as spiritually respectful as possible. Since he had been a woodworker and mechanically trained for many years, he decided to try his hand at bow making; now as an adult with the knowledge of wood and with nature at his disposal. His first attempt was a success and he was hooked. He felt an immediate connection with his roots and what he was meant to do. He likes a challenge and learning as he goes where others have not. He developed his high performance, efficient, powerful, innovative bamboo bows through years of trial and error and countless hours of experimentation. Part of the challenge to himself was to build a lightweight bow (around 40lbs) that could do the job of a 60+ pound bow...and do it better. He teaches a form of archery that if he had to label, would refer to it as natural archery. It is very reminiscent of some of history's greatest archers, hunters, and warriors. Also, very similar to how our ancestors would have shot a bow and arrow. This style is of more use to a hunter, zen practitioner, or combat soldier. He helps his students reconnect to their natural abilities by living in the present moment.

Dave builds hundreds of his bamboo bows every year in his humble shop in the sticks of Kentucky. He also travels the country year round teaching bow building and instinctive archery workshops. He was an active firefighter/EMT and volunteer firefighter for over 5 years. When Dave is not building bows and teaching, he enjoys spending time homesteading with his wife, 5 young children, and animals.

Joel Graves, American Survival Co. - Joel brings an extremely extensive military and tactical background. Completing 355 missions as Naval Special Warfare EOD on Seal Team 2 & 4, which is arguably one of the most elite and highly trained bomb squads in the world. He has served tours in Iraq, Bahrain and Afghanistan, personally disarmed improvised explosive devices with minimal tools in some of the most austere environments in the world. He has provided secret service protection in multiple countries for President Bush, President Obama and VP Biden. Today, Joel leverages his tactical and combat experience to prepare civilians, military personnel and organizations for international and domestic threats. Training and consulting opportunities with Joel include: international traveler, SERE, active shooter preparedness, self defense and organizational security.

Joel’s bushcraft and survival skill set is as equally impressive. Following his retirement from special forces, Joel spent six months in a long-term survival program where he slept in the field for 5 months, living off the land and honing his craft.. Since a very young age, Joel has been hunting and fishing all over the country. He currently lives in Jacksonville, Florida and spends much of his time fishing on the coastal waters, gator hunting, building bows, and keeping his self reliance skills sharp. He also put up fierce competition in Discovery Channel’s Bushcraft Build-off and truly has a great love for teaching people of all ages the skills they need to survive!

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