Primitive Hunter: Tools, Traps & Fishing


There were no primitive vegetarians.  Primitive cultures rely/relied on meat for necessary survival calories.  Are you looking to EXPAND your knowledge and skill base in the realm of primitive hunting tools and practices?  The Primitive Hunter Course focuses only on constructing and using a variety of animal food gathering tools, traps, snares and weapons.


LOCATION: Anderson, IN – our 21 Acre Survival Training Property
Arrival & Set-up: Thursday 12 noon – Friday 10am
Survival Instruction: Friday 10am-7pm, Saturday 9am-7pm
Departure & Tear Down: Saturday 7 pm-Sunday 10 am
  • Adult Price (18+ yrs old): $300 Each (plus applicable local and state taxes)
  • Minor Price (10 yrs – 17 yrs): $150 Each (plus applicable local and state taxes)
  • You can cancel for a FULL REFUND up until 14 days before the event.  There will be a $100 cancellation fee per person after that.

Course Highlights:

  • Make (and use) your own Primitive Throwing Stick (Rabbit Stick)
  • Learn 3 Classic Primitive Snares: Twitch-Up Snare, Figure-4 Deadfall, Paiute Deadfall
  • Learn how to make natural cordage for use with fishing, lashings and traps.  This includes identifying and harvesting natural cordage from plants and trees.
  • Make a Primitive Fish Spear
  • Make a PRIMITIVE ATLATL with one Dart – AND TAKE IT HOME!
  • Learn how to and make your own Pine Pitch Epoxy to glue on fish spear prongs and make primitive fish hooks
  • Learn how to carve and bait a primitive bone fishing gorge
  • Make a primitive fish trap
  • Learn how to weave your own fishing net!
  • Learn how to find primitive fishing bait
  • Experiment with several other primitive hunting tools including slings and atlatls
  • Learn about animal behavior: how to track, find and hunt them

 Willow Haven Special Features:

  • Dinner provided Friday Night and Saturday Night
  • Saturday Night Survival Movie
  • Evening Outdoor Campfires
  • Hiking Trails & Camping Areas
  • Lodge with TV, Fireplace, Kitchen, Private Bunkrooms, Restrooms & Showers
  • WillowHaven Survival Store
  • Knife Sharpening Station
  • Lounge area with tons of Survival Related Materials, games, books, magazines, etc…
  • Visiting with other attendees & learning from each other



Course FAQs:

Do I need to have any Survival Experience to attend a Primitive Hunter Clinic?
No, you do not.  Whether you are new to the concept of survival training or have years of experience – everyone will learn survival skills.  There are also no special physical requirements.
Do I need to bring my own food for the meals not provided?
You can either bring your own meals or you can go pick something up in town.  While you will feel completely secluded at our retreat, we are conveniently located only 5 miles from many restaurants and convenience stores in Anderson, IN.  You are more than welcome to bring camp meals and a cooler to prepare your own meals at your camp-site.  You can also use our kitchen as well which has a range, fridge w/ freezer and microwave.  We also have prepackaged snacks & drinks available at a nominal fee.
Can kids come?
Yes, this is a family friendly clinic.  We do ask that children be at least 10 years of age, however.  All minors must be accompanied by an adult.
Can I camp?
Yes, we have 21 acres.  Just find a spot.  Most course attendees camp.  We have several designated camping areas or you can make your own ‘back-country’ style.  We do have an indoor bunk house as well and several private bunk rooms.  You will need to bring your own pillow, linens and blankets.  ‘Loaner’ wool blankets are provided.
Do you have shower and restroom facilities?
Yes.  We have all of the modern amenities.  Both the Men and Ladies restrooms are equipped with a shower and, of course, hot water.
Do you provide any evening entertainment or activities?
Each Saturday night we show an outdoor Survival Movie (weather permitting).  We also have an awesome lodge with fireplace, seating area, television and all of the survival materials you could possibly want.  You can read our books and magazines, practice knot-tying, use our knife sharpening station or just hang out by the fire place and chat with other like-minded preppers.  You can also shop the WHO Survival Store.  We also have a large outdoor campfire ring.  This is certainly an evening ‘watering-hole’ for many.

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