Wilderness Survival

Primitive Trapping – FL

Secure protein from your natural surroundings.

While modern traps outperform primitive traps, we firmly believe in having a contingency skill set that can be put to use when you are in an emergency situation or separated from your gear. Students will gain a thorough understanding of at least two dead-fall triggers and 3 primitive twitch ups (that actually work) and can be used in a multitude of scenarios. With a fundamental knowledge of trapping mechanics, students will be able to manipulate weight and tension with natural materials, even developing their “own” triggers and traps. With thorough comprehension of how traps work, how to set them easily and safely, to properly set bait, anyone in a tight spot can develop hundreds of traps and capture more while saving calories that would be spent on active hunting. The class includes practical hands-on practice at making primitive traps with carved sticks and natural plant fiber cordage.

Takeaway: Students will leave with a fundamental knowledge of primitive trapping mechanics and confidently be able to set a diverse range of traps in an emergency situation. Each participant makes several traps to test and take home.

FAQs

Am I responsible for my own food and water? Yes, bring enough food and water for the duration of the event. We do have access to a kitchen and refrigerator for food storage.

Will I have cell phone service? Cell phone service can be spotty.

What is the bathroom situation? Port-a-Potties are available onsite.

Is smoking and alcohol allowed? Smoking is allowed, alcohol is prohibited

Should I tip my instructor? Tipping is common in this industry, but please don’t feel pressured to do so. If you feel that your instructor has gone above and beyond to provide you a quality class and you would like to tip them, it will be greatly appreciated.

Cancellation/Refund Policy

Cancellations may be made in writing to americansurvivalschool@gmail.com. Refunds and credits are provided based on the following:

30+ days 75% of workshop price returned (per person) or 100% in store credit (valid for 60 days)

29 to 15 days 50% of workshop price returned (per person) or 100% in store credit (valid for 60 days)

14-5 days 25% of workshop price returned (per person) or 75% in store credit (valid for 60 days)

5 days or less 0% of workshop price returned (per person) or 50% in store credit (valid for 60 days)

If you do not cancel (we receive no written notification) and you do not show up there is no refund or store credit available. You must call ahead to cancel.

Simple Survival – FL

Students will know how to utilize every day carry items to secure shelter, water, fire and food.

Simple Survival is about developing survival skills to meet basic needs in an emergency situation with a minimal toolset. Imagine, you get separated from your group and can’t get back to your camp. You have only what you carried on you to survive. There are three basic needs you will need to meet to survive…shelter, water, fire. Without all the tools back at your camp, could you make it? In Simple Survival, you’ll learn to meet these three needs with just three basic tools, a knife, tarp, and pot. While most people carry far more than these items with them when they travel, no amount of gadgets or weaponry will help you if you can’t meet your minimal needs.At American Survival Co. we believe in contingency skill sets, should you become separated from your gear or something critical breaks on you in the field. Having to rely on less gear also makes you more mobile in the field. You will learn the primitive knowledge to meet every basic need in just about any location. Lighten your load and become a confident survivalist after this 2 day, 1 night course.

Takeaways: With only a knife, pot and tarp as their only tools, students will learn how to acquire food, water, shelter and make fire. They will leave being able to survive any terrain with a few simple tools.

Class Length: 2 Days/1 Night — Start at 9 AM, Finish at 5 PM the following day. All of our classes are available for private training and group events.

Recommended Equipment/Materials:

  • Food for meals & snacks
  • Water (there is a well on site, but well water is an acquired taste)
  • Bug spray, sunscreen
  • Fixed blade full tang knife
  • Poncho
  • Steel canteen or water bottle
  • Paracord
  • Waterproof shoes / boots
  • Personal hygiene items and other common travel items

Accommodations: Students are encouraged to stay overnight for full survival experience, but by no means are required to. If traveling from out of town there are many comfortable accommodations nearby. We recommend a hammock with a bug net or tent. On site, we also offer primitive shelters that students can stay in.

FAQs

Am I responsible for my own food and water? Yes, bring enough food and water for at least one day. At our Florida location you will have access to a primitive outdoor kitchen. There are also restaurants within a 15 minute drive

Will I have cell phone service? Cell phone service is spotty, but you will have access to electricity to charge phones.

What is the bathroom situation? Port-a-potties are available on-site

Is smoking and alcohol allowed? Smoking is allowed, alcohol is prohibited

Should I tip my instructor? Tipping is common in this industry, but please don’t feel pressured to do so. If you feel that your instructor has gone above and beyond to provide you a quality class and you would like to tip them, it will be greatly appreciated.

Cancellation/Refund Policy

Cancellations may be made in writing to americansurvivalschool@gmail.com. Refunds and credits are provided based on the following:

  • 30+ days 75% of workshop price returned (per person) or 100% in store credit (valid for 60 days)
  • 29 to 15 days 50% of workshop price returned (per person) or 100% in store credit (valid for 60 days)
  • 14-5 days 25% of workshop price returned (per person) or 75% in store credit (valid for 60 days)
  • 5 days or less 0% of workshop price returned (per person) or 50% in store credit (valid for 60 days)

If you do not cancel (we receive no written notification) and you do not show up there is no refund or store credit available. You must call ahead to cancel.

Plant Walk – FL

Navigating the wilderness and foraging plant life for medicine and food are critical elements of survival.

Take a walk on the wild side with American Survival Co. Trek through the woods and around our Jacksonville, FL base camp with our expert survival instructor, identifying edible and medicinal plants that are readily available in your area. Learn the benefits and modern uses for these plants, as well as how indigenous cultures used common weeds as essential medicine and cooking ingredients. You will leave with a valuable knowledge of every day plants that can be brought into your kitchens and medicine cabinets.

Recommended Equipment/Materials:

  • Food for meals & snacks
  • Water (there is a well on site, but well water is an acquired taste)
  • Bug spray, sunscreen
  • Fixed blade full tang knife
  • Waterproof shoes / boots

FAQs

Am I responsible for my own food and water? Yes, bring enough food and water for at least one day. At our Florida location you will have access to a primitive outdoor kitchen. There are also restaurants within a 15 minute drive

Will I have cell phone service? Cell phone service is spotty, but you will have access to electricity to charge phones.

What is the bathroom situation? Port-a-potties are available on-site

Is smoking and alcohol allowed? Smoking is allowed, alcohol is prohibited

Should I tip my instructor? Tipping is common in this industry, but please don’t feel pressured to do so. If you feel that your instructor has gone above and beyond to provide you a quality class and you would like to tip them, it will be greatly appreciated.

Cancellation/Refund Policy

Cancellations may be made in writing to americansurvivalschool@gmail.com. Refunds and credits are provided based on the following:

30+ days 75% of workshop price returned (per person) or 100% in store credit (valid for 60 days)

29 to 15 days 50% of workshop price returned (per person) or 100% in store credit (valid for 60 days)

14-5 days 25% of workshop price returned (per person) or 75% in store credit (valid for 60 days)

5 days or less 0% of workshop price returned (per person) or 50% in store credit (valid for 60 days)

If you do not cancel (we receive no written notification) and you do not show up there is no refund or store credit available. You must call ahead to cancel.

EDC Wilderness Survival – FL

Students will know how to utilize every day carry items to secure shelter, water, fire and food.

EDC Wilderness Survival prepares you to survive a disaster, learning how to meet all your basic needs with a few, simple pieces of gear that are easy to carry and essential to your survival. The focus is on modern survival skills, emphasizing basic skills, equipment, and preparedness with the expectation of rescue within 72 hours. Utilizing everyday carry items you’ll learn to provide for your basic needs of shelter, water, fire and food. This training is an investment in the ultimate back-up plan (you) if a situation goes south.

Takeaway: Students will know how to utilize every day carry items to secure shelter, water, fire and food. They will leave with confidence in their ability to survive the unexpected

Recommended Equipment/Materials:

  • Food for meals & snacks
  • Water (there is a well on site, but well water is an acquired taste)
  • Bug spray, sunscreen
  • Fixed blade full tang knife
  • Poncho
  • Steel canteen or water bottle
  • Ferro rod
  • Sawyer water filter
  • Folding Saw (great option is the Corona Saw at Lowe’s Corona Saw )
  • Paracord
  • Waterproof shoes / boots
  • Personal hygiene items and other common travel items

Accommodations: Students are encouraged to stay overnight for full survival experience, but by no means are required to. If traveling from out of town there are many comfortable accommodations nearby. We recommend a hammock with a bug net or tent. On site, we also offer primitive shelters that students can stay in.

FAQs

Am I responsible for my own food and water? Yes, bring enough food and water for at least one day. At our Florida location you will haveaccess to a primitive outdoor kitchen. There are also restaurants within a 15 minute drive

Will I have cell phone service? Cell phone service is spotty, but you will have access to electricity to charge phones.

Where will we sleep (overnight classes only)? Students aren’t required to stay overnight and are welcome to stay in a hotel or home if nearbyand come back in the morning. For those wishing to stay on site we have several primitiveshelters available (but they are not bug proof), or you are welcome to utilize a hammock with abug net over it or a tent, which is much better for keeping bugs out.

What is the bathroom situation? Port-a-potties are available on-site

Is smoking and alcohol allowed?Smoking is allowed, alcohol is prohibited

Should I tip my instructor? Tipping is common in this industry, but please don’t feel pressured to do so. If you feel that yourinstructor has gone above and beyond to provide you a quality class and you would like to tipthem, it will be greatly appreciated.

Cancellation/Refund Policy Cancellations may be made in writing to americansurvivalschool@gmail.com.

Refunds and credits are provided based on the following:

  • 30+ days 75% of workshop price returned (per person) or 100% in store credit (valid for 60 days)
  • 29 to 15 days 50% of workshop price returned (per person) or 100% in store credit (valid for 60 days)
  • 14-5 days 25% of workshop price returned (per person) or 75% in store credit (valid for 60 days)
  • 5 days or less 0% of workshop price returned (per person) or 50% in store credit (valid for 60 days)
  • If you do not cancel (we receive no written notification) and you do not show up there is no refund orstore credit available. You must call ahead to cancel.

Intro to Bow Drill & Land Navigation – FL

Learn about fire starters and land navigation, two essential elements to wilderness survival.

Choose just 1 class or bundle them together and save $10

FIRE STARTER – INTRO TO BOW DRILL – 9AM – 12PM ($40)

In this class, you will learn the bow drill and how to create fire from natural materials. You will also learn various types of fire setups. Each participant will harvest their own bow drill kit from the land to take home.

Fire is a critical component of survival and can mean the difference between life and death. It’s essential that you are able to make a fire quickly in any weather condition using tools or natural resources from your surroundings. Besides the benefits of warmth and light, fire also assists in water purification, signaling, warding off predators, cooking, and wound disinfection.

Lunch Break: 12PM-1PM

LAND NAVIGATION – 1PM – 12 PM ($40)

Outdoor navigation skills are essential for adventuring and exploring the wilderness. It’s easy to become lost without signal, rendering your GPS useless. Many modern navigation tools are excellent, but do you know what to do when they fail? Can you find your way without devices? In American Survival Co.’s outdoor navigation class you will learn multiple techniques for wilderness navigation, so you can get yourself safely to your destination. This class is great for hikers, backpackers, hunters, campers and adventurers. However, outdoor navigation is useful in many survival situations for those who never expect to be lost or stranded in the wilderness, this skill set is extremely valuable for all people to hone.

Recommended Equipment/Materials:

  • Food for meals & snacks
  • Water (there is a well on site, but well water is an acquired taste)
  • Bug spray, sunscreen
  • Fixed blade full tang knife
  • Waterproof shoes / boots

FAQs

Am I responsible for my own food and water? Yes, bring enough food and water for at least one day. We do have access to a kitchen and refrigerator for food storage.

Will I have cell phone service? Cell phone service is spotty once we start navigating the wilderness.

What is the bathroom situation? Port-a-Potties are available onsite.

Is smoking and alcohol allowed? Smoking is allowed, alcohol is prohibited

Should I tip my instructor? Tipping is common in this industry, but please don’t feel pressured to do so. If you feel that your instructor has gone above and beyond to provide you a quality class and you would like to tip them, it will be greatly appreciated.

Cancellation/Refund Policy

Cancellations may be made in writing to americansurvivalschool@gmail.com. Refunds and credits are provided based on the following:

30+ days 75% of workshop price returned (per person) or 100% in store credit (valid for 60 days)

29 to 15 days 50% of workshop price returned (per person) or 100% in store credit (valid for 60 days)

14-5 days 25% of workshop price returned (per person) or 75% in store credit (valid for 60 days)

5 days or less 0% of workshop price returned (per person) or 50% in store credit (valid for 60 days)

If you do not cancel (we receive no written notification) and you do not show up there is no refund or store credit available. You must call ahead to cancel.

Intro to Survival – FL

Examine the key components of survival: shelter, fire, water and food as well as learn about survival psycology and signaling.

This one-day introduction class to basics of survival is perfect for anyone just starting to learn survival skills or an experienced adventurer in need of a quick refresh. We will examine the key components of survival: shelter, fire, water and food, students will also learn about survival psychology and signaling. This course is a great starting point, and the information can be life-saving in an emergency situation.

Survival psychology and mindset are the single most important factor in determining someone’s likelihood of survival. Mindset trumps skills and training trumps gear any day of the week. Our combat-tested veterans have gone through the most rigorous military training available, accomplished dangerous missions in austere environments, and have survived many life or death situations. They bring a very unique perspective to survival psychology mindset and understanding of survival priorities.

Join us for one-day of critical instruction. We promise you will have fun too, but you will leave feeling more prepared for the unexpected.

Take away: Students will feel more comfortable adventuring into the great outdoors and handling an emergency situation should one arise. Following completion, students will have a better idea of their next steps for deeper survival training.

*A portion of this class is held indoors in air conditioning!

What You Should Bring:

  • Food for the duration of the event
  • Water
  • Bug spray
  • Sunscreen
  • Bushcraft knife
  • Waterproof boots (rain boots or muck boots) if you have some
  • Any survival gear you would like to test our or learn how to use (i.e. water filter, tourniquette, compass, etc)
  • A good attitude

FAQs

Am I responsible for my own food and water? Yes, bring enough food and water for at least one day. We do have access to a kitchen and refrigerator for food storage.

Will I have cell phone service? Cell phone service is spotty once we start navigating into the wilderness.

What is the bathroom situation? Port-a-Potties are available onsite.

Is smoking and alcohol allowed? Smoking is allowed, alcohol is prohibited

Should I tip my instructor? Tipping is common in this industry, but please don’t feel pressured to do so. If you feel that your instructor has gone above and beyond to provide you a quality class and you would like to tip them, it will be greatly appreciated.

Cancellation/Refund Policy

Cancellations may be made in writing to americansurvivalschool@gmail.com. Refunds and credits are provided based on the following:

30+ days 75% of workshop price returned (per person) or 100% in store credit (valid for 60 days)

29 to 15 days 50% of workshop price returned (per person) or 100% in store credit (valid for 60 days)

14-5 days 25% of workshop price returned (per person) or 75% in store credit (valid for 60 days)

5 days or less 0% of workshop price returned (per person) or 50% in store credit (valid for 60 days)

If you do not cancel (we receive no written notification) and you do not show up there is no refund or store credit available. You must call ahead to cancel.

Make a Composite Bow & Learn How to Use It – FL

Make a high-performance bow and arrow with your hands and learn primitive archery all in one day.

Make a high-performance composite bow and arrow with your hands and learn primitive archery all in one day. We have partnered with Dave Mead Longbows to provide hand-crafted kits for a unique, primitive bow with impressive quality at an affordable price. Upon completion of our class you will leave with a great shooting bow, handmade arrow and the skills required to use them effectively.

This bow does not disappoint. Stable, accurate and smooth to draw, the horse bow is very compact with no stack, finger pinch, or hand shock. These bows can be made as takedowns for ultra portability or as a sing high-performance unit.

Takeaway: Students will leave with a hand-crafted, great quality horse bow and the knowledge to use it.

Required Equipment: Mead Longbows kit (allow 3 weeks prior to class for production) – $159

FAQs

Am I responsible for my own food and water? Yes, bring enough food and water for at least one day. We do have access to a kitchen and refrigerator for food storage.

Will I have cell phone service? Cell phone service can be spotty once we start navigating through the wilderness.

What is the bathroom situation? Port-a-Potties are available onsite.

Is smoking and alcohol allowed? Smoking is allowed, alcohol is prohibited

Should I tip my instructor? Tipping is common in this industry, but please don’t feel pressured to do so. If you feel that your instructor has gone above and beyond to provide you a quality class and you would like to tip them, it will be greatly appreciated.

Cancellation/Refund Policy

Cancellations may be made in writing to americansurvivalschool@gmail.com. Refunds and credits are provided based on the following:

30+ days 75% of workshop price returned (per person) or 100% in store credit (valid for 60 days)

29 to 15 days 50% of workshop price returned (per person) or 100% in store credit (valid for 60 days)

14-5 days 25% of workshop price returned (per person) or 75% in store credit (valid for 60 days)

5 days or less 0% of workshop price returned (per person) or 50% in store credit (valid for 60 days)

If you do not cancel (we receive no written notification) and you do not show up there is no refund or store credit available. You must call ahead to cancel.

Slingshot Workshop – FL

Make a slingshot with American Survival Co. and learn how to shoot it in this short class.

Make a slingshot with American Survival Co. and learn how to shoot it in this short class. We will use inexpensive, modern materials and common natural resources to construct a sling shot and learn proper shooting techniques in a half day class. These primitive weapons are often overlooked, but slingshots really offer great portability and a short learning curve. With practice, your accuracy can become deadly and make this method one of the easiest, short-term, food procurement options available.

Students will learn:

– How to create a quality slingshot

– Improvising slingshot ammo

– How ammo affects accuracy

– Understanding band sets

– Carrying your slingshot in your EDC

– Common Mistakes to avoid

– Improving accuracy

FAQs

Am I responsible for my own food and water? Yes, bring enough food and water for at least one day. We do have access to a kitchen and refrigerator for food storage.

Will I have cell phone service? Cell phone service can be spotty once we start navigating through the wilderness.

What is the bathroom situation? Port-a-Potties are available onsite.

Is smoking and alcohol allowed? Smoking is allowed, alcohol is prohibited

Should I tip my instructor? Tipping is common in this industry, but please don’t feel pressured to do so. If you feel that your instructor has gone above and beyond to provide you a quality class and you would like to tip them, it will be greatly appreciated.

Cancellation/Refund Policy

Cancellations may be made in writing to americansurvivalschool@gmail.com. Refunds and credits are provided based on the following:

30+ days 75% of workshop price returned (per person) or 100% in store credit (valid for 60 days)

29 to 15 days 50% of workshop price returned (per person) or 100% in store credit (valid for 60 days)

14-5 days 25% of workshop price returned (per person) or 75% in store credit (valid for 60 days)

5 days or less 0% of workshop price returned (per person) or 50% in store credit (valid for 60 days)

If you do not cancel (we receive no written notification) and you do not show up there is no refund or store credit available. You must call ahead to cancel.

Know Your Knots – FL

String, cordage, rope, line whatever you call it, it’s nature’s duct tape. In this 3 hour course, you will learn how to make useful knots.

String, cordage, rope, line — whatever you call it, it’s nature’s original duct tape. In this 3 hour course, you will learn useful knots and their application. These knots are extremely valuable and can be used for creating primitive tools to setting up a storm-proof shelter. There is no shortage of information and tutorials about knots online, but which ones do you need to have in your arsenal, which are the most valuable?

Join us as we examine the most useful knots for wilderness survival (and sometimes life in general). We often get asked what skills would be the most helpful to learn before attempting some of your longer survival skills. Knots skills are key, the devil is in the details. This workshop will provide you the training to effectively create useful knots and apply them to situations you might find yourself in.

Recommended Equipment/Materials:

  • Food for meals & snacks
  • Water (there is a well on site, but well water is an acquired taste)
  • Bug spray, sunscreen
  • Paracord is recommended for the knot course
  • Waterproof shoes / boots

FAQs

Am I responsible for my own food and water? Yes, bring enough food and water for at least one day. We do have access to a kitchen and refrigerator for food storage.

Will I have cell phone service? Cell phone service can be spotty once we start navigating through the wilderness.

What is the bathroom situation? Port-a-Potties are available onsite.

Is smoking and alcohol allowed? Smoking is allowed, alcohol is prohibited

Should I tip my instructor? Tipping is common in this industry, but please don’t feel pressured to do so. If you feel that your instructor has gone above and beyond to provide you a quality class and you would like to tip them, it will be greatly appreciated.

Cancellation/Refund Policy

Cancellations may be made in writing to americansurvivalschool@gmail.com. Refunds and credits are provided based on the following:

30+ days 75% of workshop price returned (per person) or 100% in store credit (valid for 60 days)

29 to 15 days 50% of workshop price returned (per person) or 100% in store credit (valid for 60 days)

14-5 days 25% of workshop price returned (per person) or 75% in store credit (valid for 60 days)

5 days or less 0% of workshop price returned (per person) or 50% in store credit (valid for 60 days)

If you do not cancel (we receive no written notification) and you do not show up there is no refund or store credit available. You must call ahead to cancel.

Bow Making & Hunting Weekend with Mead Longbows & American Survival

Bow Making, Hunting & Wilderness Survival with American Survival Co. & Mead Longbows on a beautiful, private farm in Macon, GA.

Join American Survival Co. & Mead Longbows for a Primitive Wilderness Weekend in Macon, GA as you adventure into the wilderness with some of the most experienced outdoors men in the country. Start by building your own bow and learning archery on day one, feast on lamb as the night hits, then navigate the outdoors in the dark. We will spend days 2 and 3 stalking and hunting game and learning to process it in the wilderness using primitive tools and methods. In addition to formal training, there will be some amazing food (lamb feast, suckling pigs, wild edibles, and a variety of vegetables), arrow making, primitive weapon demonstrations, archaeology discussions, plant identification, survival techniques and more expertise shared throughout the weekend. Time permitting we can help you learn or hone any skill you wish.

DAY 1 – FRIDAY *Not required to participate in Sat & Sun events, but will be a ton of fun!

9:00 AM START – Make Your Own Bow & Learn Archery

Students will build a high-quality bow from world-renowned bowyer Mead Longbows, craft a tailor made primitive arrow, and then train to effectively hunt with it. While students are creating their bows, a whole lamb will be roasting over the fire all day, ready for you to enjoy that evening. (Students participating Saturday are invited to come early Friday evening and feast with us). During our lamb feast, Quinn Connolly will share expertise on identifying and finding artifacts. We will then go on a night land navigation session.

We recommend students arrive at 8:30 AM on Friday. You are welcome to set up camp Thursday evening on site or can stay at local lodging

DAY 2 – SATURDAY

9:00 AM START – Join us for a morning hunt training and field exercise as we continue to hone our skills with our newly created bows. We will also explore additional protein procurement skills like passive fishing and trapping techniques throughout the day. After we break for lunch we will regroup for the late afternoon hunt and game stalking. We’ll spend the evening making arrows and Alt Alt darts, flint knapping Mississippian Triangle arrow tips and axes, and night fishing for bluegill and large mouth bass using torches and Atl Atls. Dinner will be a variety of fire cooked vegetables and slow cooked suckling pig.

DAY 3 – SUNDAY

9:00 AM START – Today we will explore game processing in the wilderness. Students will process and cook the game over fire they have created from primitive methods. Students will have the opportunity to explore fire making methods with tools like the ferro rod and bow drill kits. We will demonstrate additional primitive weapons like the Atlatl, with students learning how to construct one from the land. Instructors will spend time helping students develop the skills they have learned from Friday and Saturday, perfecting their craft and ensuring they leave confident in their new skillsets.

INSTRUCTORS:

Dave Mead, Mead Longbows –

Dave has been a craftsman and artist since childhood. Bow making began as a young child and with his martial arts background, archery was always a big part of his life. From the beginning, he enjoyed making and using many different primitive weapons. He always felt a tight relationship with nature and everything it provides. When he decided to hunt to provide food for his quickly growing family, he wanted to do it as spiritually respectful as possible. Since he had been a woodworker and mechanically trained for many years, he decided to try his hand at bow making; now as an adult with the knowledge of wood and with nature at his disposal. His first attempt was a success and he was hooked. He felt an immediate connection with his roots and what he was meant to do. He likes a challenge and learning as he goes where others have not. He developed his high performance, efficient, powerful, innovative bamboo bows through years of trial and error and countless hours of experimentation. Part of the challenge to himself was to build a lightweight bow (around 40lbs) that could do the job of a 60+ pound bow…and do it better. He teaches a form of archery that if he had to label, would refer to it as natural archery. It is very reminiscent of some of history’s greatest archers, hunters, and warriors. Also, very similar to how our ancestors would have shot a bow and arrow. This style is of more use to a hunter, zen practitioner, or combat soldier. He helps his students reconnect to their natural abilities by living in the present moment.

Dave builds hundreds of his bamboo bows every year in his humble shop in the sticks of Kentucky. He also travels the country year round teaching bow building and instinctive archery workshops. He was an active firefighter/EMT and volunteer firefighter for over 5 years. When Dave is not building bows and teaching, he enjoys spending time homesteading with his wife, 5 young children, and animals.

Joel Graves, American Survival Co. – Joel brings an extremely extensive military and tactical background. Completing 355 missions as Naval Special Warfare EOD on Seal Team 2 & 4, which is arguably one of the most elite and highly trained bomb squads in the world. He has served tours in Iraq, Bahrain and Afghanistan, personally disarmed improvised explosive devices with minimal tools in some of the most austere environments in the world. He has provided secret service protection in multiple countries for President Bush, President Obama and VP Biden. Today, Joel leverages his tactical and combat experience to prepare civilians, military personnel and organizations for international and domestic threats. Training and consulting opportunities with Joel include: international traveler, SERE, active shooter preparedness, self defense and organizational security.

Joel’s bushcraft and survival skill set is as equally impressive. Following his retirement from special forces, Joel spent six months in a long-term survival program where he slept in the field for 5 months, living off the land and honing his craft.. Since a very young age, Joel has been hunting and fishing all over the country. He currently lives in Jacksonville, Florida and spends much of his time fishing on the coastal waters, gator hunting, building bows, and keeping his self reliance skills sharp. He also put up fierce competition in Discovery Channel’s Bushcraft Build-off and truly has a great love for teaching people of all ages the skills they need to survive!

Quinn Connally – Like Joel, Quinn served as a Naval EOD Technician. At one point Joel and Quinn served on the same eight man team together. Quinn deployed exclusively to Iraq and served with 3rd Special Forces Group, completing over 120 missions. Quinn also later served in a response capacity to IED threats as well as with various SEAL teams and MARSOC elements. Quinn trained the Marine combat personnel to his theater of operation on various enemy tactics, techniques, and procedures.

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