Class - Food Getting with Caleb & Chris - Chris Outdoors

Intro to Hunting (1-day) &

Food Getting (2-days)

with Chris & Caleb

~ Two Workshops, Over 3-days. Take One or Both, Aug 12 - 14th (Mon - Wed), 2024 ~

These two classes are for anyone who dreams of being able to feed themselves, family or community as a hunter or in a survival/emergency scenario.

Both of these classes will focus on getting meat from the land in a sacred and sustainable way to build your food security, self-reliance and deepen your connection to nature They will also be a TON OF FUN!  

Sign-up for one or both classes. Detailed descriptions below.

Classes will be taught by Chris Gilmour (Chris Outdoors & Wild Muskoka) & Caleb Musgrave (Canadian Bushcraft)

** Please read the statement on ethics, values and code of conduct below before registering. 

Class 1 - Intro to Sustainable Hunting 

(Monday, August 12th)

If you dream of being able to walk into the woods and hunt in a sustainable and sacred way for your food (with a bow or firearm), this intro class is for you. 

Learning to hunt can feel overwhelming if you were not brought up in a hunting family or did not have a mentor with similar values.

In this introductory class, Chris & Caleb will help you take the next steps in your unique Hunter's Journey. 

No experience or hunting license is necessary to participate. 

In this intro class, you will learn

~ How to get set up to hunt legally, as well as where and what you can hunt.

~ Different hunting strategies and tactics and when to use them.

~ Stealth movement, camouflage and "invisibility." 

~ How to call for ducks, geese, turkeys and more. 

~ What gear do you need, and what gear do you not need to get started? 

~ The chance to practice foundational hunting skills under the guidance of expert mentors.

Date: Monday, August 12, 2024 

Times: 10am to 5pm

Where: Dwight, Ontario

Cost: $160 + HST** 

**Register for all 3-days & save $50 (Only $137/day)

Class 2 - Food Getting: Catching Food for Survival & in Emergencies 

(Tues/Wed, Aug 13th/14th)

This class is going to be jam-packed with information in a fun and hands-on learning environment. 

Join us as we explore ancient Indigenous bushcraft and modern survival ways for getting meat from the land.  

No experience or licenses are required to participate

Join us as and learn about:

~ Trapping (modern & survival). We will cover everything from snares and steel conibear traps to ancient survival techniques such as the grouse snare pole, quail cup, Ojibwe bird snare and more.

~ Hunting with projectiles such as survival bows, slingshots, sling spears, bamboo shotguns, sling sticks, and throwing sticks.

~ Fishing techniques such as the hobo can reel, fishing yo-yo, fishing spear, and more.

This class will be a mix of hands-on skill learning, making implements you get to keep and demonstrations.

Please note that you will NOT be actively hunting or trapping in this class; you will only be practicing the skills. Many of the techniques covered require a trapping, hunting or fishing license to use in real scenarios. Some techniques being taught are illegal to use in Canada and only for education, real survival scenarios or regions where they are legal.

Date: August 13th & 14th (Tues/Wed), 2024 

Times: 10am to 5pm

Where: Dwight, Ontario

Cost: $300 + HST** 

**Register for all 3-days & save $50 

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Meet Your Hunting & Food Getting Guides:

Caleb Musgrave & Chris Gilmour:

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Meet Caleb Musgrave...

Caleb is a Mississauga Anishinaabe Woodsman, Hunter & Trapper. He is a generational "food getter" who grew up learning his techniques and mindset from his father, uncle and grandparents.

With a background in ecology as well as archaeology, Caleb has a deep understanding of humankind and food.

From tracking, to traditional camouflage and scent covering tactics, to ways to make the most use of the kill, Caleb is an experienced instructor with a mental toolkit that covers a little about everything.

Meet Chris Gilmour...

Chris has been hunting & trapping for over almost two decades and harvested his first deer with a bow and arrow he made himself. He strives to harvest a significant amount of his families food from the land in a sustainable manner.

Today he hunts a mix of big and small game as well as waterfowl. He hunts with traditional bows, crossbows and firearms. He also traps hare and beaver in the winter and fishes year-round. 

"Hunting to me is about so many things, it is part of my identity as a human. To me, hunting is about a deep connection to the land, being part of the food chain, providing for my family while being a steward of the earth, and achieving some degree of self-reliance and independence from the modern industrial food system."


Ethics, Values & Code of Conduct:

We strive to create a safe and welcoming space for people of all experience levels, genders, nationalities and spiritual/religious backgrounds. To us, gardening, foraging and tending the wild is a sacred relationship with the land. We also believe strongly in Indigenous sovereignty and hunting rights here on Turtle Island.

To maintain this safe and welcoming environment we keep politics out of programs. We recognize politics are important and part of the world, but these classes are about connection with the land, ourselves, each other and skill development.

We ask that all participants be open-minded and non-judgemental towards other participants and agree to the following values: 

~ Respect for ALL other participants regardless of their religion, gender, nationality or political orientation. 

~ Being good stewards and caretakers of the earth and forest and holding reverence for the other species and kin we share this planet with. 

If you have any questions about these values, please email me before registering to discuss them.

If you disagree or have issues with these values, this class is probably NOT the right class for you.

Join us for Intro to Hunting, Food Getting or Both!

September 12th,13th,14th, 2024