A Unique Path…

Hunting of long ago was a sacred art passed down from generation to generation. Along with the skills learned from early childhood came the essential understandings of respect for all life, ethics to guide each step, and an honoring for the gifts received. These traits became the heartbeat to guide the path of hunter.

At Earthwalk Northwest, we recognize that, more and more, people do not have the opportunity to learn from their elders. Because of this we have felt a need to offer a program emphasizing these traditions.

The Path of the Hunter Mentoring Program is a unique, in depth course emphasizing hands-on learning in a guided environment. Safety, ethics, and respect are themes throughout the program. A thorough understanding of hunting is taught beginning with ethical responsibility and Washington state hunting regulations, followed with pre-hunt preparations, both physical and spiritual. Hunting techniques including scouting, camouflage, animal tracking and trailing will be practiced on guided workshops. Hunting blinds will be learned along with animal calling and how to best use decoys to lead game to an area.

Fishing, clam digging and oystering are a large part of northwest tradition. In this program we will be traveling out to the beautiful coastal areas to explore these incredible Northwest gifts.

The care and processing of game is an essential part of the hunt, thus ensuring no part of the animal will go to waste. A workshop of “Field to Freezer” highlights this segment with students learning to clean, cut, and package game. The making of wild game sausage will conclude this segment, and many of Frank’s special game recipes will also be shared.

Program Director

Frank grew up hunting and fishing in the Northwest and has taught of outdoor skills for over 25 years. He holds a recreational leadership degree and specializes in teaching bow making, traditional tanning, and wilderness survival courses to a diversity of students. To keep current with his own level of expertise, Frank has pursued additional trainings and holds certificates with:

  • Washington State Hunter’s Education
  • Washington State Master Hunter
  • Advanced Bow Hunter Education
  • Eyes in the Woods

Frank’s depth of experience, professionalism, and his ability to help others master skills of their own, make him a unique and
effective teacher.

Program logistics

Schedule - Field outings and occasional classroom seminars are held over a two- or three-day weekend once a month. Two hunts occur on extended weekends, from Thursday to Sunday or Monday. We strictly adhere to regulations set by the Washington State Department of Fish and Wildlife; therefore, class days can vary from year to year.

Structure - The bulk of the program takes place during monthly hunting trips. These trips generally take place over Friday, Saturday, and Sunday, although the big game hunt is longer. Special classroom seminars are usually two consecutive days, on Saturdays and Sundays.

Location - The majority of our time is spent in the field at various hunting locales in Eastern and Western Washington. Hunting locations are announced to students upon completed enrollment. When in the field, the class will be camping in a variety of remote environments. Classroom instruction occurs at Earthwalk Northwest in Bellevue, WA, about 20 minutes east of Seattle.

Tuition - Tuition is $4,400 and includes eight months of monthly hunting trips for various game, including big game, small game, upland game birds, waterfowl, and wild turkey, as well as coastal outings for surf fishing, clam digging, and oysters. In-depth classroom instruction also includes field to freezer, saltwater and freshwater fishing, building game calls and game calling and orientation.

Installment plans are available for payment. Please contact us to set up these arrangements

Please see Frequently Asked Questions for additional information.

I took the Path of the Hunter class because I wanted to be an ethical hunter. I wanted to feel the responsibility of taking the life that sustains me. I wanted to honor the animals whose lives are ended so I may continue to live. Through example and many stories, Frank has taught me how to be an ethical hunter. I have learned how to move through the forest in
tune with my surroundings, and to make sure I will have a clean kill before shooting. The Path of The Hunter class gave me the tools to slow down and become a participant in the natural world, instead of a bystander. I would recommend the class to anyone who is looking for a deeper connection with themselves and the natural world.
— -Carleigh Path of The Hunter ’08-’09
In this age, where many hunters have lost their reverence for animals and wild places, Frank Sherwood shows us a Path that reconnects us to ourselves and the community of life around us. I began this course as a complete novice, and in addition to learning all the things I had hoped to, I also had many more profound experiences than I could have ever anticipated. The Path of The Hunter is now something that I will be walking for the rest of my days, and words cannot express how thankful I am for that.
— -Tim Path of The Hunter ’09-’10
What began as “Skills of the Hunter” has evolved into a full-fledged hunting course. I am so happy to have had the opportunity to experience this evolution in its early stages, and look forward to further participation in the future. The Path of The Hunter Program has picked up the ideas that began in the one weekend class, and implemented them in praxis. It has been a privilege to go from a basic intellectual knowledge of hunting, to having basic practical experience. I now have the tools, the confidence, and the general understanding to take up hunting on my own.
— -Glen Path of The Hunter ’09-’10
Frank Sherwood is that cool uncle you never had. The one with all the great stories of outdoor adventures and an enthusiasm for sharing his years of accumulated wisdom. With a rare combination of vast knowledge and humility, he offers all that is needed for someone who has a deep desire to learn the ways and traditions of an honorable and respectful hunt, but is frustrated by not knowing where to begin. Even for someone with a bit more experience, there is still the opportunity to learn and experience a great deal, while in the good company of like-minded people, sitting around the campfire, sharing stories.
— -Joby Path of The Hunter ’10-’11
I feel fortunate to have been able to participate in the Path of The Hunter program. It was such an enriching year. The depth of knowledge and breadth of experience that Frank brings, along with his passionate and down-to-earth style, really make this a program that is second to none. I felt a special new awareness and confidence growing throughout our outings, with respect for the Ancestors’ timeless skills and a more complete understanding of my place within the web of life.
— -Jon Path of The Hunter ’10-’11