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Doug Hill, Founder and Director of Gone Feral School of Primitive Skills

Details about the 2017 Apprenticeship are now online! We use a rolling application for our Apprenticeship, so apply at any time.

"Once domesticated you can never be wild again, only feral."
- Steven M. Watts

At Gone Feral, we're all about getting people outside, doing.

In an age of an increasingly virtual existence and digital relationships, we're bucking the trend by offering experiences in the raw reality of life: the primitive and traditional skills that it takes to live off the land.

Want to make fire with two sticks? You got it. Interested in carving your own bow and arrows? No problem. Need to learn a unique craft for wedding favors? Cake.

Here's our best posts to learn about primitive skills, survival & bushcraft.

Making Pemmican

How To Make Pemmican For Survival Food

Pemmican is a North American Native ‘superfood’ that can provide all of the necessary fat and protein the body needs for fairly prolonged periods of time.

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5 Edible Plants You Can Find (Almost) Anywhere On The Planet

Here are some easy-to-learn plant families that you can find and eat almost anywhere on the planet. It’s challenging to find an edible plant in Antarctica.

4 Items No Longer Used how they Traditionally Were

4 Pieces of Gear That Are No Longer Used How They Traditionally Were

We’re all about tradition. It’s part of our name. Here are a few items that are still present in our lives, but no longer used how they traditionally were.

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Choosing The Right Survival Knife That Will Last

Your survival knife needs to be able to do everything reasonably well, nothing perfectly. You want a knife that is a generalist, not a specialist.

How to Build a Rocket Stove for Six Dollars

How to Build Your Own Rocket Stove for Only Six Dollars

The science behind rocket stoves - and how to build a rocket stove for about six bucks.

How To Make a Hook Knife In 4 Easy Steps

How To Make a Hook Knife In 4 Easy Steps

The hook knife is an important, but often overlooked, tool of outdoor life, rounding out the Bushcraft Quartet (to include knife, axe, & saw) quite nicely.

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Meet Doug Hill

Founder & Director of Gone Feral

Doug has been called a "steward of the old ways", "MacGyver of the woods", and "Bow Drill Jesus", among other things both couth and uncouth. But first and foremost, you could call Doug a teacher.

His eyes alight in those teachable moments as he recognizes the opportunity to share. He is also a writer, filmmaker, naturalist, and practitioner of primitive and traditional living skills.

“Doug Hill: the most mild-mannered wild man you’ll ever meet.”
Natalie Condon, Owner, Isabelle Farm, Lafayette, CO

Doug Hill, Founder and Director of Gone Feral School of Primitive Skills

On Location for In-Person Workshops, Group Outings, and Apprenticeship Training

Most of our in-person courses take place at our 320-acre Field School. It lies just off the Peak-to-Peak Highway (Hwy 72) north of Ward, Colorado. Situated at 9000’, it boasts a year-round creek and all the life and resources of the Colorado Montane forest, including bear, elk, moose, lion, lodgepole, aspen, fir, and more. Infrastructure is ‘primitive’ and includes a composting toilet. There is no plumbing or electricity. The site is a 1 ½ mile hike down a rugged trail from the trailhead (and parking). May to September we have nearby private vehicle emergency access.

If you are traveling from a location below 5500’, we strongly recommend that you arrive 2-3 days early and stay in the nearby town of Nederland in order to acclimate to the elevation. Altitude illness (including AMS, HAPE, and HACE) can effect anyone regardless of physical condition, age, gender, or race, and we can’t emphasize enough the ability to acclimate.

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