Walk with your ancestors.

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A part of hunting is art. The understanding of the prey, the rhythm of the environment in which it is hunted- and always the tools must be equal to the task. Have you ever wondered what it was like to be a stone age person- you will have a better idea by the end of this course!

It is not the fact that we use tools; nor that we use tools for hunting but rather, their sophistication and the ways in which we employ tools that separate us from the rest of the animal kingdom.

As always, its the adaptation of the tool, within the environment to the task. A bone or an antler in its own right, has some but very little utilitarian value. But if split, or broken and the ends ground against a rock, then points and complex curves can be achieved- producing articles of function and strength. The same could be said of varying types of rock; some are only useful when they are round, whilst others achieve their usefulness with the fineness of the edge that can be achieved using various techniques. These alone start into the complex- but they do not compare to tools that employ rock or pieces of bone with handles or cords or tension.  Here, we see the birth of the modern Homosapien. What we can do today, is to look at the tools, the materials and the process- to create these tools and with patience and skill, learn to employ them just as fruitfully as our forbearers.

In this course, you will learn about timeless hunting tools, their uses, their history and their limitations. You will be instructed on the techniques of using these tools responsibly, appropriately, accurately and safely.

The course will cover the following topics:

  • rocks and sticks
  • the sling
  • longbow and arrow
  • atlatl
  • stone and bone knives
  • scrapers

Prerequisite: None

Age Requirements:

  • You must be over 18 years of age to attend this course unaccompanied.
  • Anyone under the age of 18 must be accompanied by an adult. Each place booked is for one person only, so each course attendee must have their own booking.
  • This course is not suitable for young people under the age of sixteen.

Hospitality: 

We will provide a hot lunch and two snacks for this single day course.

The meal plan on speciality courses will reflect the course content and exercises planned for the day. We will provide you with a detailed menu in your booking confirmation. Please let us know in your booking package or feel free to contact the office if you have any special dietary requirements or allergies and we will try our best to accommodate your requests.

At the base camp, we provide fresh fruit, cookies, drinking water, tea and coffee.

Gear:

You are welcome to make, or buy, your own gear. Although we would like to encourage you to be as self-reliant as possible, all gear used by students in the course must meet the safety standards of the Quartermaster. In some cases, it may be wise to contact the Quartermaster if you have any questions or doubts about gear crafting projects you would like to undertake in preparation or if you would like to make substitutions to the items listed on the Standard Clothing and Equipment Checklist (Day).

On the Exploration of Timeless Hunting Tools course, we will try to help supply you with used gear for rent if you are unable to find, borrow or purchase gear for the course. To ensure a selection and availability of the items you require, please submit the Standard Clothing and Equipment Checklist (Day) to the Quartermaster at least two weeks prior to the start of the course.

Course Schedules and Specifications:

The Exploration of Timeless Hunting Tools Course is offered several times a year, in different conditions, seasons and locations in Canada. Check the list below and read the specifications carefully to make sure that you are signing up for the right course.

Dates and Details copy

ETHT 08/31/19 • Exploration of Timeless Hunting Tools (1 Day) • Vallican Whole Community Center • $180.00

Course Date: Saturday, August 31, 2019

  • Start Time: 9:00 am on Saturday, August 31, 2019
  • End Time: 5:00 pm on Saturday, August 31, 2019

Registration Deadline: Saturday, August 17, at 6:00 pm

Location: Vallican Whole Community Center

Instruction:

  • Bushcraft Instructor: Leo Stephens
  • Assistant Bushcraft Instructor: Jim Adams

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ETHT 08/29/20 • Exploration of Timeless Hunting Tools (1 Day) • Vallican Whole Community Center • $180.00

Course Date: Saturday, August 29, 2020

  • Start Time: 9:00 am on Saturday, August 29, 2020
  • End Time: 5:00 pm on Saturday, August 29, 2020

Registration Deadline: Saturday, August 15, at 6:00 pm

Location: Vallican Whole Community Center

Instruction:

  • Bushcraft Instructor: Leo Stephens
  • Assistant Bushcraft Instructor: Jim Adams

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