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A Practical Primitive Intensive Skills Program

The Ultimate Hunter: Spirit of the Hunt TEXAS

Natural Camouflage

 

BEGINS THIS WEEKEND!
One Last-Minute Space has Re-Opened for this amazing year-long program! It's not too late to join us for this incredible journey to becoming the Ultimate Hunter!

» Build You Own Bow

» Make Your Own Arrows

» Knap Your Own Stone Arrow Points

» Don't be Scented, Don't be Seen, Don't be Heard

» Know the Right Place, Be there at the Right Time

Learn how to Become Invisible on the Landscape
      Learn the True Skills of the Spirit of the Hunt

 

About the Program

Ultimate Hunter: Spirit of the Hunt TEXAS
Over 200 hours of instruction!

Upcoming Session:     September 2016 – September 2017
Meets:                       One 3-day weekend every other month (See dates below.)
Location:                   Starhaven Ranch, Clifton TX
Application Deadline:  Last minute space has Re-Opened!
Apply:  Apply Online (or by calling Julie at 312-375-4795)

Buck in velvet

When most people think of hunting today they envision tree stands, feeders, high-fence game farms and guided hunts on private land. A far cry from the ways used by our ancestors long (and not so long) ago!

Our focus for this program will center around the Hunt in it's traditional form — on-the-ground, fair-chase hunting where you match your wits with those of the animal through knowledge, instinct, skill and stealth using a bow and stone-tipped arrows you made with your own two hands. You will learn to track, and to pattern game so that you will not only know their movements now, but where they will be at any given time of year. You will discover how to become virtually invisible on the landscape, move silently through the woods, and stalk closer to animals than you have ever thought possible. Your awareness of all that goes on around you will increase exponentially, so that you will soon be able to tell when an animal (two-legged or four) is moving through an area that you can neither see nor hear.

You will be one of a small group of people learning from Eddie Starnater, one of the best, most highly skilled and experienced instructors in the world of primitive skills. Eddie has been hunting since the age of 10, when he killed his first two deer with one shot each. He has hunted with firearms, bows (from compound bows and laminated longbows through to his own hand-crafted selfbows with flint-tipped arrows) throwing sticks & thrusting spears. Over the past 40+ years Eddie has hunted deer, turkey, hogs, elk and more all over the United States. While he has hunted from tree stands and ground blinds, his most preferred hunting style is spot-and-stalk fair chase hunting — exactly what you will be learning in this program.

Tracking  …  Trailing  …  Concealment

Sitting silent and still

Learn the Skills of the Primitive Hunt
You will gain a thorough and hands-on understanding of the Skills of the Ancient Hunter. You will discover the secrets of moving through the woods silently and stealthily, without being seen or heard or noticed by the animals with whom you are sharing the area. You will learn how, when and where to move, the importance of silence and the art of stillness. Tracking, trailing and patterning will become second nature and you will realize just how much you have been missing all this time.

Self Bow

Build Your Own Bow
You will also build your own bow; beginning with a bark-on stave, you will learn what to look for when selecting your materials and how to remove the bark. You will then take your stave down to a ring, lay it out, file, scrape and sand it down to 'floor tiller'. You will go through the full final tillering process, file in your nocks and make your own string. A process that must be experienced to be understood, there is nothing that can compare with holding in your hands a bow that you have transformed from a simple piece of wood into a dynamic extension of yourself.

Make Your Own Arrows
As the saying goes, "Any old stick will make a bow. An arrow is a lot of work." The right arrows make all the difference when shooting your bow, and no arrows are going to be as perfect for you as the ones that you have made yourself. Without a well-made arrow, the best bow is virtually worthless, and a well-made arrow starts with the selection and harvesting of the right shaft. You'll learn how to identify, select and process arrow shafts from a wide range of "off the landscape" materials, as well as how to cure and straighten them into top-knotch arrows. You will also make "split timber shaft" arrows from straight-grain wood, and learn how to choose the proper nock-style for your needs. You will strip feathers into fletching and attach them to your shaft using sinew, then tip your arrows with your own flintknapped stone points. A finely crafted arrow takes time, skill and dedication. Over the course of this program you will create your own functional works of arrow art, worthy of taking game.

Stone Arrow Point

Flintknap Your Arrow Points
Stone points on arrows you made, shot out of a bow you built. What could be more thrilling? Go back to the World of Ancient Hunter, a world before steel, when stone was THE technology. You'll learn how to flintknap your own arrow points that are the right size for your arrows, and sharp enough to cut through hide, muscle, tendon and veins. The final component of the Primitive Hunt, knapping your own stone points will take skill and persistence, but Eddie's 9 Step Knapping method will having you creating beautiful arrow points in less time than you believe possible. You'll haft your own points to the arrows you hand-crafted, finishing off your Ultimate Hunter gear and preparing you for your own Ultimate Hunt.

 

The Ultimate Hunter: Spirit of the Hunt — The Purpose and Philosophy behind this Program

Learning the art of tracking

There was a time when The Hunt was considered sacred. The chosen animal had been "set aside" in order that the people might continue to survive, and it was the responsibility of the hunter to harvest that animal in an honored and respectful manner. This is the goal of the Ultimate Hunter — to return to the mindset in which the hunter tracked and stalked his prey, and fed his people through skill, stealth, cunning and art.

Drawing on his decades of "in the woods" and hunting experience, Eddie has choosen each skill and every project carefully and specifically to build your hunting, tracking and awareness skills in a manner that will grow exponentially. You will receive intense and personalized instruction that simply can not be matched, all in an environment that is positive and fun and enjoyable. If you have been wanting to learn to hunt, or have been frustrated with your success (or lack thereof) to this point, the Ultimate Hunter program will take you places you have, until now, only dreamed of being able to go.

It is through the learning of these skills that the sacred aspects of the hunt will emerge for you. The entire experience will be enhanced by building your own self-bow, making your own arrows and knapping the stone points for their tips. There is simply nothing in modern hunting that can match this. To sit in a tree stand or wait in a ground blind in the hope that an animal might come down your path or to your feeder will no longer be enough. Instead, you will be drawn into the world of the ancient hunter, where you must match your wits with those of the animal and prove yourself worthy to take home the prize.

The timing of this program is such that it begins and ends in bow season. Throughout the course of the year your projects, exercises and homework assignments will all be working toward preparing you to take part in a hunt unlike any other you have experienced. It is here that you will enter the Realm of the Ultimate Hunter. It is here that you will find the true Spirit of the Hunt.

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Program FAQs

Flock of wild turkeys

ABOUT THE PROGRAM

Q. What will be covered in the program? What sorts of skills will I learn?
A. Over the course of your program you will learn many more skills than there is space to list here, but below are a few of the main subjects we will be covering and expanding on as the program goes on:

Raccoon tracksQ. Will be be doing any actual hunting during the program?
A. Your camera will be your tool during this program and we are not planning on taking any animals during the Ultimate Hunter: Spirit of the Hunt TEXAS weekends. The goal of this program is to teach you HOW to hunt in an ethical, honorable and sacred manner. You will be using a camera to document your homework, to show how close you were able to get, what tracks you found, etc. We may conclude with a hunt, but that will be an optional addition, not part of the Ultimate Hunter program.

Q. What do you mean by "Homework"?
A. The Ultimate Hunter: Spirit of the Hunt TEXAS is a hands-on program and you will be expected to practice and apply the skills we work on during our weekends together in your home environment, and in the woods and meadows you plan to hunt. Each weekend we will cover certain skills and work on associated exercises together. You will then be given "homework projects" to complete on your own in your local hunting area.

Eddie pointing out tracks

Q. How do I apply and when is the deadline?
A. You can apply for the Ultimate Hunter: Spirit of the Hunt TEXAS program online, or give Julie a call at 908-637-8137. All applications must be received by midnight September 5, 2016.

Q. How many people do you accept into the Ultimate Hunter program?
A. Everything we do is all small groups. The number of students accepted will be based on the applications received, but as with all of our Intensive Skills programs, spaces are limited to no more than eight.

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

Q. Where do the weekends take place and where will I stay?
A. The weekend get-togethers all take place at Starhaven Ranch near Clifton, TX. (Check out our Locations page for more information.) Participants will stay on-site overnight and have full access to facilities. All meals will be provided over the course of the weekend.

Camouflage  … Cunning  … Strategy

How many tracks do you see?

Q. What is the schedule for the program?
A. Program members will gather for one 3-day weekend every other month, beginning in September. (See below for the proposed Ultimate Hunter: Spirit of the Hunt TEXAS weekends.) We will get started at 9am Friday morning and finish up around 5pm Sunday afternoon. Each weekend will be filled with intense instruction and exercises to help you practice your hunting skills, an outline of the homework assignments for the upcoming month, as well as a debrief of the homework and exercises from the previous month.

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

Bear track

 

 

 

Q. Do I have to have taken a Practical Primitive workshop in order to apply?
A. No, it is not mandatory to have attended a workshop in order to apply for the Ultimate Hunter: Spirit of the Hunt program. We have several alumni for whom an Intensive Skills program was their first Practical Primitive experience.

Q. How much is the tuition for the Ultimate Hunter: Spirit of the Hunt program and what is included?
A. The Ultimate Hunter: Spirit of the Hunt TEXAS includes over 200 hours of instruction, all of the program supplies and materials, including bow staves, flintknaping rock and tools, as well as accommodations and all of your meals during the Ultimate Hunter weekends, all for just $2500, or less than $13 per hour. (See our Payment Options below.)

Awareness  … Silence  … Stealth

 

Tracking wild turkey

PAYMENT PLAN OPTIONS
A $500 deposit is due upon acceptance into the program, with the balance payable via one of the following options:

Option 1: A single payment of the full balance amount of $2000 on or before the first day of the program.
Option 2: Three equal payments of $675, due at the September, November & January weekends. (Includes $25 fee for processing multiple payments.)
Option 3: Seven equal payments of $290, automatically withdrawn each month, September through March. (Includes $30 fee for processing multiple payments.)
Option 4: Use PayPal Credit to recieve 6 months interest-free financing.

Proposed Weekends:
Here are the currently proposed weekends for the 2016-2017 Ultimate Hunter: Spirit of the Hunt TEXAS program. We still have flexibility with many of these dates so if you would be unable to make one of the weekends below please indicate it on your application so alternative dates can be examined. The final schedule will be agreed upon by all group members.
September 23-25
November 25-27
January 20-22
March 17-19
May 12-14
July 21-23
September 15-17

Ultimate Hunter: Spirit of the Hunt TEXAS
Program Length:        12 Months
Upcoming Session:     September 2016 – September 2017 (Delayed due to a fire at our Texas facility.)
Location:                   Starhaven Ranch, Clifton, TX
Tuition:                     $2500 ($500 deposit due upon acceptance.)
Application Deadline:  Last Minute Space has Re-Opened!
Apply:  Apply Online (or by calling Julie at 312-375-4795)

If you have any questions about the program feel free to give us a call,
or send an e-mail to info@practicalprimitive.com.

 

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