About Sacred Hunt
Our Sacred Hunt Instructors (Scott Salmon, Matt Smith, Amos Rodriguez) are lifelong practitioners and dedicated teachers. You will receive the highest level instruction available in the country.
The four teaching modules for The Sacred Hunt at the White Pine Spring Rendezvous will cover:
- Licensing, Whitetail and Turkey biology, PVC bow construction and utilization. (Participants will walk away with a completed bow.)
- Traditional and Self Bow acquisition and utilization.
- Tracking; sign, clear print, gates and trailing.
- Self Arrow construction, shafts, adhesive, spine, weight, points, fletching, etc. (Participants will walk with a completed arrow.)
The human family tree is an epic testament of knowledge, skill, and drive. Our ancestors embodied mastery in all of the 5 elements of the Sacred Hunt. Our Pathway offers training in these five areas.
- Tracking (biology, sign, trailing, aging)
- Camouflage (scent control, blinds, clothing)
- Stalking (movement, stillness, bird language)
- Weapon construction/acquisition (bowyery, shopping, sizing)
- Weapon utilization (archery, atl-atl throwing, NRB training)
At White Pine, the core of our ethics revolves around our Five Agreements, represented by the five needles of the white pine tree.
- Respecting The Circle: Compliance with all laws and regulation, and an understanding of a hunter’s place within the conservation movement.
- Respecting Each Other: Non competitive or critical of differing tackle or lifestyles. We are truly representatives of a sport that is fighting an uphill battle.
- Respecting Ourselves: Patience and redefining success, not necessarily a harvest.
- Respecting Life: Conducting the Sacred Hunt in accordance with Fair Chase principles.
- Leaving No Trace: Upon successfully harvesting an animal, we teach to use as much as possible. This includes instruction in the arts field dressing, processing, meat preservation, hide tanning, amongst others. Very little of most animals is “wasted,” with the exception of organs removed during the field dressing process.
All classes follow the same general structure finely tuned to each target species:
- Biology & Ecology of the target species
- Cover, Concealment, & Hunting Strategy
- Archery Tackle, Equipment, & Shooting Skills
- Conservation, History, & Ethics
- Laws, Regulations, & Seasons
- Processing and Cooking of Wild Game
- Tracking, Animal Sign, & Scouting
- Practice Hunt