Hunting Apprenticeship Application

2021 Dates (Sat/Sun):

  • March 13-14
  • April 10-11
  • June 12-13
  • August 14-15
  • October 16-17
  • December 11-12


  •        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 — 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, 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 lessons of the course further.


  1. Registration is currently closed. To be notified when it re-opens, complete the short form below.
  2. When it becomes available, complete the registration form that will be on this page 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. We will respond to your application within 2 weeks.
  3. If accepted before March 1, a $150 deposit will be due within 7 days of your acceptance, to reserve your slot. The remaining balance is due March 1. After March 1, anyone applying must pay immediately upon acceptance.
    1. You can pay by either:
      1. Make a secure online payment by credit card or via PayPal in the box to the right –>
      2. OR
      3. Send a check payable to “Vermont Wilderness School” to: VWS, PO Box 2585, Brattleboro, VT 05303.
    2. To apply for financial aid complete the relevant section of the registration form and we’ll respond as soon as possible. Most offers are under 30% off of the low end of the sliding scale, but we consider larger requests.
  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