Wild Earth’s home at 175 Rock Haven Road Kerhonkson, NY, and Private Land Access on Stony Kill Road in Accord, NY, with a possibility of other nearby locations if needed.
$2,080 – Actual cost of program
$1,560 – Accessible pricing
$2,600 – Support a classmate
Please think generously and take into account your household income when considering the amount that you can afford. The more that you’re able to contribute, the more aid becomes available to other Wild Earth participants.
Monthly Payment plans are available, 10% early bird discount available to participants who sign up before 12/31/23.
Content may be subject to change.
March 2 & 3, 2024
Saturday 9am-3pm, Sunday 6am-1pm
Opening Weekend and Orientation
Intro to Tracking and Trailing
April 27 & 28, 2024
Saturday 9am-3pm, Sunday 5am-12pm
Turkey Hunting Basics
May 25 & 26, 2024
Saturday 9am-3pm, Sunday 9am-3pm
August 17 & 18, 2024
Saturday 9am-3pm, Sunday 9am-3pm
September 14 & 15, 2024
Saturday 9am-3pm, Sunday 6am-1pm
Tools and Tactics
October 26 & 27, 2024
Saturday 9am-3pm, Sunday 6:30am-1pm
December 7 & 8, 2024
Saturday 9am-4pm, Sunday 9am-3pm
Butchering and Using the Whole Deer*
January 4 & 5, 2025
Saturday 9am-4pm, Sunday 6am-1pm
Hazardous Weather Make-Up Dates:
March 16 & 17, 2024
January 25 & 26, 2025
*Hide Tanning and Using the Whole Deer programs will also have spots open to the public
For nearly a decade, Wild Earth has partnered with Neill Bovaird (Founder of Wolf Tree Programs) to bring his courses to people in the Hudson Valley to learn about the process of hunting such as: Using the Whole Deer, Buckskin Sewing, and Hide Tanning.
Driven by the community’s enthusiasm, we are excited to continue partnering with Neill to offer ‘Way of the Hunt’, an apprenticeship program about the art and process of hunting.
Way of the Hunt cultivates a culture of reverence, compassion, respect, and learning when approaching hunting. Participants will be shown all the steps needed to prepare for a hunt, what to do the day of a hunt, and what to do after an animal is hunted. It is in all seasons a process of learning.
We relearn how to participate in the essentials of life, to be provided for and to provide for. It reestablishes pathways of connection to our food and our community. The foundation to all this connection is developing a high level of skill in all parts of the hunt.
The Way of the Hunt is an intensive hunter training class to create competent, skilled, conscientious, and respectful hunters that are committed to the entire hunting process.
We provide practical skills training and opportunities to connect with all aspects of the hunt. Our main goal is to connect you with the power of the hunt and create deeper lasting relationships to self, community, and the land.
Way of the Hunt is a 8 weekend program that is devoted to giving students a solid foundation in hunting. It is the basics we all need to be holistic hunters.
We recognize that hunting and taking life from another to sustain oneself can be an experience that fosters and bridges intimacy between the hunter and nature. While hunting has long been a core part of the human experience, we recognize that modern Americans may not have been born into a culture of reverence, compassion and respect when approaching hunting.
Through awareness skills, tracking, bow-making, trap making, cordage and other indigenous skills, Wild Earth aims to rekindle a culture of reverence, compassion and respect. While our programs are laying a foundation of strengthened connections, we do not hunt or kill in any of our general nature connection programs. With compassion and respect, Wild Earth instructors may utilize dead animals to facilitate the teaching of wilderness skills and crafts. Recognizing that a family or an individual’s values or preferences may lead to a desire not to come into contact with deceased animals, all dead animal processing activities offered at our programs are choice-based and are offered out of sight from those who may choose not to participate.
NOTE: As of October 2017, Wild Earth has not offered hunting or slaughter at any regular or special programs. There will be no hunting or slaughter at the Using the Whole Deer workshop or Way of the Hunt apprenticeship program; however this may be done prior to these programs for the purpose of hands-on learning.
Killing is only practiced for Wild Earth programs that are specifically designed to focus on reverential hunting and harvesting live animals for food, clothing or tools. While teaching specific skills, these programs also focus significant amounts of time and energy into creating a culture of reverence, compassion and respect. These programs must be easily distinguished from our regular programs by their program titles and descriptions. We recognize killing is an important part of the hunting process, but want to leave the decision to be a part of killing an animal to each individual in their own time.
Neill Bovaird has been practicing and teaching wilderness skills since 1998. He has a B.S. in Natural Resource Conservation from UMass Amherst and holds a Track and Sign Level III certification through the CyberTracker Conservation. Neill has been a facilitator at Art of Mentoring since 2001 and has studied with Jon Young, Mark Elbroch, Errett Callahan, and Steve Watts.
In addition to being the founder and director of Wolf Tree Programs LLC, Neill has taught wilderness skills at countless private and public schools, nature centers, museums, conferences, elder hostels and camps. He has been a passionate hunter and gatherer for over ten years and is dedicated to sharing how to approach hunting and gathering in a respectful way, helping people connect more deeply to themselves, nature and their communities.
“I may have always been destined to be a deer hunter but knew for sure when I first encountered Neill Bovaird at one of his workshops called “Using the Whole Deer”. It’s a butchering class with a very intriguing name, what could it mean to “use a whole deer”? I’ve been learning that it means a lot of love, hard work, and community.
After that workshop I decided to take an apprenticeship with Neill called “Way of the Hunt”. I took it for three years in a row in fact. I learned so many things from this apprenticeship, but I think the greatest lesson I learned was that hunting can be a year round practice, not just during the short season from October through the end of December.”