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Primitive Trapping, Tackling and Tanning
Limit to 12 Students
Instructors: Jacks Genega and Tony Powers
Trapping, Tackling and Tanning will aid in your knowledge of self-reliance as you learn to build a life in the wilderness beyond your need to just staying alive in the short term. This class was designed to introduce students how to source wild game for meat, fur and other materials in a primitive fashion, or without the use of modern traps. We will discuss the history and ethics of primitive trapping and together will construct various land traps designed to catch animals both big and small. This will then be taken a step further as we adapt our land traps for water and learn how to replace our tackling instruments such as gigs and gaff hooks and make them off the landscape. As a class, we will also learn techniques like net making and building cage traps and how they can be interchangeable from land to coastal waters. We will also introduce students how to use all parts of the animal by creating simple bone tools as well as textiles through tanning. Students will walk away with the knowledge of how to harvest various materials from woodland game, how to preserve and cook meat in the wild, as well as several different knots, notches and lashings on top of their numerous handcrafted projects at the end of the course.
This is a LOW-intensity level class with some walking for resource collection and demonstrations. Students will be expected to be able to walk up to 5 miles on Day 2 to explore the neighboring wildlife area. There are no timed deliverables or qualifications in this class so no pressure.
- Proper Clothing for Season and Weather (Waders and Waterproof Boots are Suggested)
- Leather Gloves
- Knife for camp chores
- 100' of #36 Bank Line
- 1lb roll #6 Bank Line
- Small Carving Blade (Mora 120)
- Folding Saw
- Leatherman or SAK
- 2 Keychain Rings
- Trade Awl
- Net Needle
- Notebooks and Pencils
- Camp Stove
- 32oz Bottle and Cup Set
- Ohio Fishing License
Due to property insurance restrictions: There will be NO camping on the school property prior to the start of the class or after the class concludes.
Please make sure you take all gear with you at the end of the class. If gear is left behind, we will not be able to ship it to you, and will be considered abandoned.
Exxon Gas Station located at 7575 Rte. 327 Wellston, OH 45692 (740) 384-4767 at 8am on the first day of class (unless otherwise noted in the individual class description). A Pathfinder Instructor will be there to meet you. From there you will be lead to the school property.
605 E. Main St, Jackson, OH 45640 (740) 286-7581
Aprrox. 8.1 miles (12 minutes) from class meeting location.
Approx. 10.9 miles (27 minutes) from the School Property
972 E Main St, Jackson, OH 45640 (740) 286-3464
Aprrox. 7.7 miles (9 minutes) from class meeting location.
Approx. 10.4 miles (24 minutes) from the School Property
Red Roof Inn
1000 Acy Ave, Jackson, OH 45640 (740) 288-1200
Aprrox. 7.8 miles (10 minutes) from class meeting location.
Approx. 10.6 miles (24 minutes) from the School Property
Nearby Camp Grounds:
Lake Alma State Park
422 Lake Alma Road, Wellston, OH 45692 - Reservations (866) 644-6727 Park Office (740) 384-4474
Aprrox. 3.1 miles (7 minutes) from class meeting location.
Jackson Lake State Park
35 Tommy Been Road, Oak Hill, OH 45656 - Reservations (866) 644-6727 Park Office (740) 682-6197
Approx. 21.3 miles (29 minutes) from class meeting location.
All students must read, agree, and sign a Liability Waiver and Release form for the Pathfinder School LLC and the venue prior to attending the course. This can be signed brought to the course/event and given to staff upon arrival. No student will attend training/event without the complete form being on file. Please note we do not share this information with anyone.
If you need to cancel..
Once you purchase a class for The Pathfinder School, the Pathfinder Gathering, or for a Self Reliance Outfitters store event, you have up to 14 days before the event or class to cancel and receive a refund. This provides us time to open the spot for someone else to purchase.
Any cancellations past that threshold will not be eligible for a refund. A cancellation due to an emergency will be handled on a case by case basis and will only be eligible for a store gift card.
If you do not show up for a class or event your registration fees are forfeited and no refunds or store credits will be issued.
If a class gets canceled...
We require a minimum of 5 to 10 students to conduct a class (depending on the class). If a class needs to be cancelled due to an insufficient number of registrations, you will be contacted by phone or email. You will then have the option to transfer to another class (if available), receive a store gift card, or a refund.
Please note: The Pathfinder School LLC is not responsible for travel expenses, airline tickets, or other accommodations if a class is cancelled.