** Registration is FULL for 2021
*** USA & International Participants are Welcome to Join!
I wasn't raised in a hunting family. This program filled in many gaps for me, and gave me some amazing tools to progress. What they are sharing is essential. This is some high level teaching, presented in a really accessible and engaging way.
— Steve Leckman, 2020 Particpant.
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The live online mentoring sessions will begin in September 2021 and run on weekday evenings (dates & times to be announced soon). The classes will be held on Zoom, be approximately 1.5 hours long, and be recorded if you cannot attend live.
The September sessions will focus on preparing for the hunt (both mentally, physically & legally). Oct - Dec classes will focus on developing all the skills of the hunt.
Each class you will be given activities to perform out in the woods to develop your hunting skills.
Live classes will be a mix of educational "stories from the field," ( Chris & Caleb will be actively hunting throughout the course), lessons to build on all of the videos & materials inside the course, student Q & A sessions, opportunities for group sharing, and activities to help you develop in your hunting journey.
Many of the skills related to the hunt are better taught by demonstration. Throughout the course, we will be releasing videos to SHOW you how to implement many of the skills we discuss in the class with instructions for how you can go practice and apply them in the field.
On top of the videos, the course also includes a comprehensive workbook including items such as:
The private online community is a place where you can ask questions, post your lessons and stories and even organize training and hunts with other students.
In-between the live sessions, a lot can be learned to make the most of this experience. How much (or little) you spend on the assigned activities is up to you. Just attending the calls, you will still learn a lot.
If you have time for the assignments, they will take you even further in your journey.
Assignments will be a mix of research, "scouting" and practical skill building activities to perform outdoors to get you ready for the hunt and help you harvest. Activities can be applied to hunting this season. If you are not ready to hunt yet, you can perform them with a camera and even in an urban park.
Each of us is here for a different reason, interested in a different strategy or species, may use a different tool (ex: traditional bow, firearm, camera, etc.), or be at a different place in our journey and deciding on our ethics.
Some participants may be hunting this season, while others may be vegetarian and just exploring the possibility of hunting their food in the future.
The Hunter's Journey is nothing short of life-changing in how it impacts our relationship with the land, our food and ourselves. We will explore hunting ethics, land stewardship, taking life and more. You will be guided through a process to craft your personal hunting story, ethics, and strategy related to all of these.
This is a resource I am VERY excited about and have been dreaming up for years. It will be produced in a "beta version" and likely updated as we go.
To hunt ethically and effectively, it is essential to be tuned into nature year-round and always be learning. There are also many important dates to remember (ex: applying for tags, seasons, etc.) and preseason planning that needs to happen.
This resource will help you capture all the lessons from this season, guide you in your development, and help you plan and prepare for next season strategically and holistically.
I personally have been hunting for over 12-years now. I have developed an approach, specific expertise and strategies I use. There are lifetimes of knowledge and experience to be acquired and many different strategies. Throughout the program, various guest instructors will be woven in to share their subject matter expertise and personal experiences. See the list of guest instructors below.
I was a vegetarian for 8-years and against hunting at one-time. As my understanding of ecology and sustainability grew, I began to realize there was a different way to hunt than I had experienced, a "Good Way" and a sustainable way.
Hunting to me is about so many things, it is part of my identity as a human. To me, hunting is about a deep connection to the land, being part of the food chain, providing for my family while being a steward of the earth, and achieving some degree of self-reliance and independence from the modern industrial food system.
I have taught ecology and wilderness survival for close to twenty years now. I teach through stories and personal experiences. I will share lots of information but I also teach in a way that guides students to come to their own conclusions, to learn directly from nature, wildlife and themselves. That is why I call myself a "mentor" and not a "teacher".
Caleb Musgrave is a Mississauga Anishinaabe Woodsman and Hunter. He is a generational hunter who grew up learning his techniques and mindset from his father, uncle and grandparents.
In his early twenties he began branching out his hunting companions, learning new morals and philosophies that took him into an even broader perspective.
With a background in ecology as well as archaeology, Caleb has a deep understanding of humankind and hunting.
From tracking, to traditional camouflage and scent covering tactics, to ways to make the most use of the kill, Caleb is an experienced instructor with a mental toolkit that covers a little about everything.
The 2021 live online classes are where we conduct real-time mentoring. If you are not able to attend live (or if you register after the calls have started), you will have access to all the recording.
These will be a mixture of:
The live online mentoring sessions will start in September 2021.
Many of the skills required of the hunter are better demonstrated. Throughout the course we will be dripping out videos on many aspects of hunting skill development. Some example of videos include:
** You will have lifetime access to the course video library and can watch them at your own convenience.
Last year we created a "BETA" version of the workbook for this course. In 2021, we will be adding lots of updates to this priceless resource. The workbook is full of practical resources to help you make the most out of the course and your "dirt time" out in the woods.
Examples from the workbook and "cheat sheets" include:
This is where A LOT of additional learning happens. As we mentioned, learning to hunt is a powerful journey. Having a supportive community to capture your stories and share your experiences with is an important part of making hunting a holistic experience.
Inside the community you can post pictures and stories, share resources you come across, check out top resources posted by the instructors, ask questions and more.
Looking for other people to go shoot with, track and scout, or hunt? Utilize the online community and live calls to network with other students near you and organize your own outings, training sessions and hunts.
As long as the course is up (hopefully for many years to come), you will have access to all the materials including the recordings of the live sessions. With this, you also get access to all future updates.
If you fall behind during the course, no sweat, you can go through the material at your own convenience.
Learning to track and interpret all the signs of nature is an essential part of The Hunter's Journey. Will will cover some hunting specific tracking skills in this course, but really, this is a course in and of itself.
All students will be offered 60% of our focused wildlife tracking and nature awareness course, Reading Nature's Language.
- Deer - Grouse
- Moose - Bear
- Small Game
- Ducks & Geese
- Bow & Gun - Stalking
- Blinds & Tree Stands
- Group/Party Hunting