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Trailing & Photographing Animals in Elk Country

Veterans Day – November 11, 2017 from 10:30-5:30 at Mt. Peak near Enumclaw WA

Explorer of Earth by Joanna Colbert and used with permission for the Wolf CollegeJoin instructors Kim & Chris Chisholm for a great day tracking animals at the foot of Mt. Rainier. Whether you hunt with a camera, bow or gun, or if you just love northwest wildlife, you are welcome you to join us for a special day of tracking. Learn specialized tracking and trailing skills as we venture to get close to elk, deer, bear, and a host of other critters as well.

Workshop Itinerary

9:30 Optional Carpooling from Puyallup to Ashford WA.
10:30 Introduction & Training, including what to do in case of animal encounters.
11:30 On-The-Ground Training
12:15 Eye Break: Discuss Behavior of Subject Animals
12:30 Search for Fresh Sign
1:30 Eye Break: Discuss Fresh Sign
2:00 Trailing Tips & Training
2:45 Eye Break: Discuss Trailing Strategies
3:00 Trail Animal Together
3:45 Eye Break: Separate Into Teams
4:00 Separate Teams Track Favorite Sign
5:00 Eye Break: Teams Report Findings
5:30 Questions (welcome to continue tracking)

Cost & Registration: Veterans Day Special by Donation to Max Davis Scholarships:

$65 recommended general donatinon.
$60 for a second friend/family member, or if you attended one of our introductory afternoon or evening wildlife classes, or have earned a Level I Cybertracker Certificate, or if you are a local property owner in the area where we are running the workshop, or if you are a current conservation volunteer such as with Wolf Haven or the Sierra Club.
$55 for a third friend/family member, or if you attended a previous wildlife tracking workshops with us, or if you have earned a Level II Cybertracker Certificate,or if you have a current SAR ID Card.
$50 for a fourth friend/family member, or if you attended two previous wildlife tracking workshops with us, or if you have earned a Level III Cybertracker Certificate, or if you have a Master Hunters License.
$45 veterans, or if you covered this subject at one of our camps/expeditions, or attended three previous wildlife tracking workshops with us.

Our weekend workshops are designed for adults, but youth are also welcome to register with an enrolled parent or guardian.

Credit/Debit Card Registration Option: Just call us at 425-248-0253 and we will run your card securely over the phone.

Check/Mail Registration Option: Send payment in full or a minimum $45 per person check deposit payable to the Wolf College, 1026 14th St. SW, Puyallup WA 98371 along with a completed registration form. Balances will be due upon arrival at the workshop.

Or Use PayPal to register online securely with a credit/debit card or via direct withdrawal from your bank account. Just sign into paypal.com and “send money” to our email address.

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Refund Policy: Standard deposits ($100 for day programs, $200 for overnight programs) are not refundable unless we don’t accept your application. If you cancel in advance of the program start time for any reason, you may receive a full credit good through the following calendar year on appropriate and available programs listed on our schedule, although an additional deposit may be required to secure your spot in the future program. If a program you sign up for is canceled and not rescheduled at a time you can attend, you may receive a full refund except in case of natural (weather, geologic, etc) disasters, government shutdowns, conflicts or curfews, or other unforeseen emergencies making it impossible for staff and/or attendees to reach or use program locations, in which case all payments made will be held by us without expiration date for your future use in appropriate/available programs of your choice. No refund, nor credit, is given if a participant is asked to leave a program for inappropriateness as determined by our kids, youth and adult agreements for participation.

Preparation

Upon registration, we will email you driving directions and packing list, but please note that excellent walking shape is required for this workshop, off-trail over uneven terrain. Otherwise, Please prepare as you normally would for a hike, including snacks, lunch, water bottle, 10 essentials, etc., but especially with appropriate clothing including rain gear and waterproof footwear. Also, bring along a set of binoculars, digital camera, and if you don’t have a tracking field guide yet and wish to purchase one, we use: Wildlife of the Pacific Northwest by David Moskowitz, among others.

If you would like to learn to a more advanced level and have time to really practice your skills, please enroll in our 5 Day Summer Course: Tracking Wolf Country: From Birds to Big Critters

4 comments to Trailing & Photographing Animals in Elk Country

  • karelina

    How much walking is involved?
    tx,

    • Hi Karelina. The trailing workshop can vary depending on who attends and which animals we decide to follow. Some years there are people who can’t walk far, so we only go a few hundred feet at a time, or we split into two groups. We try to cater to attendees, both experienced and somewhat physically challenged. That said, it is off-trail, so accommodation on this particular workshop is within a certain realm.

  • Melissa Clauson

    Hi Chris & Kim,

    Do you have space for a family of 6 for Saturday September 17th?

    • Hi Melissa. We just returned from our 24/7 summer schedule on Tuesday so if you still want to head out tracking with us tomorrow with your family, give me a call at 425-248-0253 thanks. – Chris & Kim

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