The Hunter’s Heart

A Hunting Apprenticeship with Bob Etzweiler

If you’ve never hunted and want to learn, or if you have hunted, but want a different approach, here is a rare opportunity.

We often hear from people that they want to try hunting, but don’t know where to start. Are you intimidated or turned off by the dominant culture of hunting? Are you unfamiliar with hunting skills, equipment (including weapons), and regulations? If you actually killed an animal would you have no idea what to do next? These are just some of the common roadblocks separating us from what can be an incredible way to deepen our connection to the cycles of life and death, to our food source, and to the natural world.

18011132_1534696536554795_5839943439477015906_nBy the end of this apprenticeship, you will be prepared to take up hunting on your own.  We’ll cover:

  • Animal tracking and trailing
  • Weapon safety and use
  • Turkey hunting
  • Deer hunting
  • Awareness & intuition
  • Butchering, meat preservation, & cooking




Bob Etzweiler started hunting at age 12.  He is not only one of the most passionate hunters you will ever meet, but also one of the most skillful and reverent.  Bob is a longtime teacher at the Vermont Wilderness School, leading both youth and adult programs.  For years Bob has been dreaming up this apprenticeship as a way to share his hunting knowledge and experience, and now it is finally happening!

Dates: October 2017 – June 2018; 6 weekends, plus one optional

  • Sep 16, 17 (optional, but highly recommended, VT Hunter Education Course)
  • Oct 21, 22
  • Nov 18, 19
  • Dec 16, 17
  • Feb 10, 11
  • Apr 21, 22
  • June 9, 10

Location: Brattleboro, VT and surrounding nearby locations

Ages: 18 and up

Cost: Sliding Scale: $900 – $1200. Actual per-person cost is $1000.

There are only 6 spaces available in the apprenticeship.  Participants will be selected based on their completed application.  Applications are reviewed on a rolling basis, and the application period ends September 1.

*NOTE: The Hunter’s Heart is now FULL for 2017-18.**  Complete the application form below to add yourself to the waitlist.  If you’d like to be notified when next year’s apprenticeship application period begins, please email us.

Click here for more course details and the application form.