Chico TX | Hunter Gatherer | September 17th-19th, 2021
Dates: September 17th 8:00AM through September 19th 12:00PM
Location: Private Road 1574, Chico, TX 76431
Hunter Gatherer Course
The Primitive Hunter Gatherer course takes you back in time to live as our ancestors did in the past. Sustenance counted on the skills of the individuals and tribe at employing effective traps for fish and game, as well as the ability to produce deadly hunting implements like the bow and atlatl. Stone tools were also a very large part of our existence back then. To supplement the meat and fish, our ancestors were very skilled at identifying wild edibles. During this course, students will learn to construct and stay in primitive shelters from the landscape and create fire by friction to protect themselves from the elements. Primitive trapping passive fishing techniques will be learned and employed in an attempt to earn a meal for the day. In addition, local and seasonal wild edibles will be identified and used to supplement any harvest as applicable. Students will be introduced to basic flintknapping techniques to create valuable stone tools. Primitive weapons will be constructed from the landscape and you will be taught to use them effectively. Campfire Cooking Techniques will be taught and used for immediate meals, and students will also learn how to preserve the harvest for more long term sustainability.
- Primitive Shelter Techniques
- Friction Fire
- Making Natural Cordage
- Introduction to Trapping, Fishing, and Hunting
- Foraging for Wild Edibles
- Processing, Preserving, and Campfire Cooking
- Introduction to Flintknapping Techniques
- Making Useable Green Bows
- Arrow Making Basics
- Making Atlatls and Darts
Hunter/Gatherer Course Required Equipment List HERE
Please see our course cancellation policy HERE
Do I bring food?
No. Food will be provided. If you're diabetic, you may bring snacks.
Can I bring my gun?
No, guns will not be allowed during the course.
Are we using the bathroom outside?
No, porta johns will be available on site, close to Basecamp. One for men, one for women.
What gear do I need to bring?
The packing list link is listed on the event. Please bring everything that is required on the list. If a piece of gear is not on the list, you do not need to bring it.
What about clothing?
You will be in the field for the duration of this course. Please dress appropriately and plan to have the proper clothing layers needed based on changing weather conditions.
What about water?
Drinking water will be available for students at base camp. (You will procure water while not at basecamp)
What is the age requirement?
18 and older. Students under 18 may attend as long as a parent is also attending, and students under 18 years old must stay with the parent at all times during the course.
Where will I be sleeping during the course?
You will be building a shelter and sleeping in the shelter during the course. Please bring a Jon Pack or GB2 Bed Sleeve so that you can sleep off the ground during the course. (2) 6mil heavy duty contractor trash bags can work in place of the Bed Sleeve.
Will we be able to take showers?
Showers will not be available. You may bring sanitary wipes for hygiene purposes.