Our 3-Day Advanced Seminar will prepare any hunter for the challenges and opportunities presented during extreme mountain hunts.

Be it your first wilderness elk hunt, an international Marco Polo hunt or a difficult Alberta Bighorn expedition, this course will get you in the zone. Spending time during those time intensive and costly hunts honing your skills doesn’t make sense… You need to be prepared before the hunt!

  • Leave this course comfortable riding horses in rough terrain, knowing the ins/outs of how pack animals are utilized, and understanding safety precautions around horses and mules in the mountains.
  • Leave knowing the basics of field care for high value animals. Every experienced international hunter and sheep hunter can tell you a story of a guide botching field work. This course will teach you the important details involved in capeing, turning and salting in remote environments.
  • Leave knowing basic self trauma first-aid, remote communication and wilderness field craft.
  • Leave confident in your ability to choose mountain species (elk, mule deer, sheep, goat, bear) guides and outfitters with precision. We will cover choosing domestic and international providers.
  • Leave knowing how to live in a wall-tent camp and an extreme lightweight backpack camp.
  • Leave with a better understanding of shooting in the alpine environment.

No experience or just a few hunts under you belt? Click here for our beginner course!

The Seminar

Arrival Day – By 7:30PM:

Welcome Dinner

Day 1:

Group Hike – Topics: Physical Preparation and Tracking/Game Behavior

Lecture – Field Judging Mountain Species – Adjusted to participants’ future hunts

Hands On – Fire Building, Wilderness Survival, Remote/International Satellite Communication, Rescue Travel Insurance

Lecture and Hands On – Riding/Packing in The Mountains Via Horse/Mule

Lecture – Regulations/Tags/Wildlife Management – Adjusted to participants’ future hunts

Day 2 :

Group Ride – Topics: Safety around horses/mules. How livestock is cared for in the mountains. Horse/mule behavior. Riding Technique.

Hands On – High Value Animal Taxidermy – Full body capes, proper skinning, proper turning/fleshing, salting in a remote environment.

Lecture – Personal First-Aid

Lecture/Hands On – Backpacking gear and systems for long-duration spiking-out hunts

Day 3 :

Group Hike – Topics: Backpacks/Gear – Hike with full packs, pack fitting.

Getting the most out of an outfitted mountain hunt

  • Tips for finding the right service provider
  • Financial planning and tactics to get the best hunts for less money
  • How to do real due diligence on outfitters and guides
  • Understanding expectations and the business of outfitting

Lecture/Hands-On: Shooting in the alpine environment

Lecture/Hands-On: Living in Wall-Tents

Departure after 8PM or Next Day before 10:30AM

Prerequisites

  • All participants must be capable of hiking 2-3 miles at elevation. We view hunting as an active activity and each day of the seminar will contain physical activity.
  • All participants are asked to read through the pre-course reading packet and watch the pre-course videos.
  • Students are encouraged to have some history of hunting. The course is geared towards the level of experience of the individuals and group.

Location and Facility

We operate from our private ranch that borders the Flat Tops Wilderness Area outside of Vail, Colorado. The Flat Tops Wilderness Area is over 240,000 acres of road-less and forever wild land protected by the Wilderness Act. This seminar is taught primarily at the ranch. All guests can be accommodated onsite, but there are also local hotels in Eagle, CO.

Our facility is built to accommodate wilderness hunting trips and remote summer expeditions. We maintain a herd of 35+ mules and horses, a 3,000 sq. ft. pack station, bunkhouse and a 3,500 sq. ft. log lodge.

Head Instructor

Cliff has guided and outfitted hundreds of hunts for goats, sheep, elk, bears, and mule deer throughout North America. Outside of his extensive mountain guiding experience, Cliff is an avid backpacker, shooter and Brazilian Jiu Jitsu practitioner. He is a pilot and a certified wilderness first responder. Cliff is a licensed guide in British Columbia and a registered outfitter in the State of Colorado with commercial special use permits for hunting, fishing, and remote horse packing in the White River National Forest and Flat Tops Wilderness Area of the Rocky Mountains. He grew up on ranches in Northern California and Adam’s Rib Ranch in Eagle Colorado, where his family managed an outfitting and cattle business.

He is the Founder of True Hunts and Flat Tops Wilderness Guides (FTGuides.com).

Cliff earned a BA from Stanford University in Economics and a MBA from University of Chicago’s Booth School of Business.

Schedule, Pricing, and Booking

Summer 2020 Seminars: Private Course Dates Available
Spring/Summer 2021: April 8th-12th, May 29th-3rd – Private Course Dates Available

3-Day Seminar

$ 2,100

Per Guest
  • Lunches and Welcome Dinner Included with All Bookings
  • Pre-Course Reading Packet and Videos
  • 3 Days of On-Hands Experience, Classroom Lectures and In-The-Field Teaching
  • 5 Students Maximum

*4 Nights of Lodging and 3 Meals per Day Included with Lodging Package (Add $425 per Guest)

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