Hunting Apprenticeship Application

October 2018 – June 2019; 6 weekends

  • Oct 20th & 21st
  • Dec 15th & 16th
  • Feb 9th & 10th
  • March 30th & 31st
  • April 20th & 21st
  • June 8th & 9th
  • Make up dates incase of unanticipated cancelation: date Aug 10 & 11


  •        Saturday: 9 am – 3 pm
  •        Sunday: Sunrise – early afternoon

These hours are subject to minor changes, in consultation with all participants.



  • The apprenticeship includes one actual hunt — a squirrel hunt in December— which is optional.  To participate in the hunt, you must have completed a VT Hunter Education Course and possess a current Vermont Hunting license.  (See this website for course dates.)
  • Owning a hunting weapon is not required to participate in the apprenticeship.  If you do plan to obtain a hunting weapon and a hunting license before the December squirrel hunt, Bob is available to guide you through that process after the apprenticeship begins. 
  • This is not a “primitive skills” hunting apprenticeship.  However, the skills taught will support all types of hunting.
  • There will be optional homework, designed to take the teachings of the course further.


The cost of the apprenticeship is a sliding scale: $1,175 – $1,575. Actual per-person cost is $1300. Participants provide their own food and accommodations. The deadline to submit scholarship requests is August 1st. Please review our scholarship and cancelation policy page for more details.

  1. Registration for the 2019-2020 apprenticeship opens in June 2019. Send a message to to receive a notification when it opens.
  2. Complete the registration form below (re-opens summer 2019). Deadline to apply is October 15th. We will respond within 2 weeks of receiving your application.
  3. A $150 deposit will be due within 7 days of your acceptance to the program, to reserve your slot. The remaining balance is due Sept 1. You can pay by either:
    • Make a secure online payment by credit card or via PayPal in the box to the right –>
    • OR
    • Send a check payable to “Vermont Wilderness School” to: VWS, PO Box 2585, Brattleboro, VT 05303.
  4. Upon acceptance to the program, please complete the “VWS Medical Form” via the tab at the bottom of this page.

Questions? Email or call 802-257-8570