EatWild invites you to participate in a three-day field skills development workshop at Arosa Ranch in the heart of BC’s Grassland country. Participants will have the opportunity to learn and practice the necessary field skills to have the knowledge and confidence to become successful hunters. Arosa Ranch offers an amazing place to experience and learn about wildlife and their habitat. This event is catered by Gourmet Wild Chef Jody Peck who will create wild harvest inspired feasts throughout the workshop.
Our goal is to ensure that HFSW Graduates have a systematic approach to finding game, the basic skills to confidently harvest an animal, and have the knowledge to take care of their harvest. This is a comprehensive field skills course. Participants will have the opportunity to build skills in orienteering, finding game, habitat identification, stalking game, basic hunting methods, field butchering, hunting camp set up, and much much more.
Live on the Land at Arosa Ranch
The Hunter Field Skills Workshop is held @ Arosa Ranch, Bridesville. To learn more visit their website here.
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When you arrive
You must arrive the evening before Day 1 of the workshop. You are welcome to arrive any time during the afternoon. Feel free to arrive early and get to know the ranch and lend a hand as we prepare for the workshop. There will be a pot of stew on the fire, so you can count on being fed whenever you pull in. Please try to arrive before 7 pm if possible so we are all well rested for an early start. This means leaving Vancouver before 4 pm! The workshop begins at 8 am on Day 1. If you know that you will arrive past 7 pm, please let us know and we will give you specific directions to where your bunk is. We will get checked-in and enjoy an evening around the campfire.
Agenda Day 1
Breakfast and EatWild workshop orientation:
Overview of course and field exercises
The foundations of hunting – "Keeping it legal and safe"
Overview of where you can go hunting in BC and what you can hunt for
Morning field exercises:
Learn to get around in wilderness - orienteering with map, compass, and GPS
Get to know the land – understanding terrain and habitat
Finding wildlife - understanding animal behaviour and spotting animals
Afternoon Field Exercise:
Learn hunting techniques – still hunting, blinds, and tree stands
Find a spot to build a blind – evening hunt with a camera
After dark we will be hosted in the lodge for a gourmet EatWild dinner. Dinner will include a variety of BC harvested food including elk, wild mushrooms, and wild salmon. Dinner will be follow by a short review of course content and field exercises.
Agenda Day 2
Morning field exercise:
Learning to hunt with a mentor. Sneaking around and finding deer
Survival and safety – emergency shelter, building fires, and calling for help
Setting up a hunting camp
Afternoon field exercises:
Field dressing and handling game
For dinner, Jody will demonstrate fire cooking techniques as she prepares a long table feast for us to celebrate the harvest. Fireside storytelling and/or a hunting adventure slide show.
Agenda Day 3
Go for a hunt with a camera!
Head out on your own and find a deer. Take a picture to share with the group
Hunting Technique Overview:
Still hunting techniques
Stand hunting techniques
Elk & moose calling seminars
Road hunting strategies
Late Lunch Share a few pictures from the week and head home!
Registration includes three nights accommodation, all meals, field guide, and course instruction. This is a unique opportunity to be in a spectacular place, eat amazing food, and learn everything you need to know to be a successful hunter.
We highly encourage carpooling and help to organize this closer to the event.