Hunting Apprenticeship Application

2021 Dates TBA. Complete the short form below to be notified when registration opens!


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

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


  • Participants provide their own food and accommodations. Contact us and we may be able to help you find lower-cost options.
  • 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.


2019 details: cost of the apprenticeship is a sliding scale: $1,175 – $1,575. Actual per-person cost is $1400.  The deadline to submit scholarship requests is August 1st.

  1. Registration is currently closed. Fill out the short form below to be notified when it re-opens.
  2. When registration opens again complete the registration form below and click submit. Be sure to check your email for the automated response with the subject “[Your name]’s Hunter’s Heart Application has been received” that serves to confirm that we have received your application. Deadline to apply is September 15th. We will respond to your application within 2 weeks.
  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.

Please review our scholarship and cancelation policy page for more details. Questions? Email or call 802-257-8570