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Weapons: Tools of the Hunter

6-Month Skills Intensive Skills

Tools of the Hunter

Sign Up Now to Join the 2016 Program!

The tools of the Hunter have changed over the eons,
but throughout time their purpose has remained the same:
To Protect and To Feed the Tribe.


About the Program

Weapons: Tools of the Hunter
Over 100 hours of instruction!
Upcoming Session:     January – June 2016
Meets:                       One 2-day weekend each month (See dates below.)
Location:                   Practical Primitive, Great Meadows, NJ Sling
Registration Deadline: January 11, 2016
Sign Up Below (or by calling Julie at 908-637-8137)

The tools of the Hunter have changed over the eons, but throughout time their purpose has remained the same: To Protect and To Feed the Tribe. In this brand new Intensive Skills Program we'll be taking inspiration from Hunters throughout history and around the world to learn their skills and adapt them to our particular needs and our own environment.

Over the past 100 years or so, modern hunting techniques have become very standard across North America. Firearms and bows, with the occasional crossbow and atlatl, are all that remains of the hunters tools. But hunting has a rich history throughout time and across the globe and with this program we aim to bring more of that ancient knowledge back into your hands. We will be working with a multitude of different hunting weapons over the course of the program, and our focus will be on teaching you how to use each one. You will also have the chance to make some of your own hunting weapons, such as slings, throwing sticks, boomerangs, atlatls, and possibly crossbows, while learning to effectively use each weapon, under all different types of circumstances.

History has taught us that the more tools a person has in their toolbox, the more effective they will be at surviving and thriving under any circumstance. This program is designed to pass along the knowledge and skill of the many tools our ancestors carried with them in order to be effective and efficient hunters and protectors. This is your opportunity to learn those same skills and perfect those same arts, so that you too will be prepared for any situation, and will always be able to feed and to protect your tribe.


During Weapson: Tools of the Hunter you will learn to wield:


You will also learn Rules of Basic Marksmanship, how to hit your target under pressure, how to work around obstacles, the importance of silence, maintaining stillness, and much much more.
This is going to be a FUN and intense program that will prepare you for all sorts of situations. No previous experience with any type of hunting or weapon is required. We encourage men and women of all ages and skill levels to apply!
PLEASE NOTE: We will only be working with targets. No animals will hurt during the course of this program.

“Go afield with a good attitude, with respect for the forest and fields in which you walk. Immerse yourself in the outdoor experience.
It will cleanse your soul and make you a better person.”

      — Fred Bear

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Program FAQs

Q. How do I sign up and when is the deadline?
A. You can sign up for the Weapons: Tools of the Hunter program below, or give us a call at 908-637-8137. All registrations must be received by midnight January 11, 2016.


Q. Is there an age limit?
A. You must be at least 18 years old to apply for the Weapons: Tools of the Hunter program. There is no upper age limit and so long as you are physically able to complete the course-work we encourage you to apply!

Q. Where do the weekends take place and where will I stay?
A. All weekend get-togethers all take place at our Pracitcal Primitive location near Great Meadows, NJ. (Check out our Locations page for more detailed information and directions.) Participants can stay on-site overnight, have full access to facilities, and all meals will be provided over the course of the weekend.

Q. What is the schedule for the program?
A. Weapons: Tools of the Hunter participants will gather for one weekend each month (Saturday & Sunday) for 6 months, beginning in January. We will get started at 9am Saturday morning and finish up around 5pm Sunday afternoon. Each weekend will be filled with intense hands-on instruction, information and discussion, an outline of the homework assignments for the upcoming month, as well as a debrief of the homework and exercises from the previous month. See the Proposed Weekend Dates below.

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Q. I have a conflict for one of the weekends listed on the schedule. What can I do?
A. Until the rest of our workshop schedule is set, variations can be made and the final dates will be based on the schedules of accepted participants, and agreed upon by all.

Q. I live far away & can not commute. Do you have a Residential option?
A. Yes, we do have Residential spaces available for an additional fee. If you would like more information please e-mail us for details.

Q. What sort of skills / experience do I need to have to apply?
A. There are no minimum or maximum skill or experience requirements. All who have an interest are encouraged to apply.

Q. How much is the tuition and what is included?
A. The six-month Weapons: Tools of the Hunter program includes over 100 hours of instruction, all of the program supplies and materials, all of your meals during the weekends, as well as all facility rentals, fees and honorariums to Guest Instructors and Speakers, all for just $1500, or less than $15 per hour!

 Scheduled Dates and Registration

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January 23-24
February 27-28
March 26-27
April 30 - May 1
May 21-22
June 25-26
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Register in Full

Simply choose the "Pay with a debit or Credit card, or PayPal Credit" option below the "Log in" button.
(Use PayPal Credit for 6 month interest-free financing!)

A $250 deposit is due upon registration, with the balance payable using one of the following options:

Option 1: Five payments of $255, due at the January through May weekends. (Includes $25 fee for processing multiple payments.)
Option 2: Three payments of $425, due at the January, February & March weekends. (Includes $25 fee for processing multiple payments.)
Option 3: Single payment of $1250 balance on the first day of the program. (Use PayPal Credit to recieve 6 months interest-free financing!)


Weapons: Tools of the Hunter
Program Length:        6 Months
Upcoming Session:     January – June 2016
Location:                   Practical Primitive, Great Meadows, NJ
Tuition:                     $1500 ($250 deposit due upon registration.)
Registration Deadline: January 11, 2016



If you have any questions about the program feel free to give us a call,
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