The Backcountry Hunter Course

For the mountain hunter there is little that is more rewarding than reveling in the greatness and the solitude of the backcountry while pursuing game, all the while relying only on yourself and your decisions.  Mountain hunting takes on a whole new meaning when you step away from the safety and security of the roads and immerse yourself into the backcountry. It’s a daunting feat for the beginner, and that’s why we created the Backcountry Hunter’s course.


Kalinski Consulting & Training Services and Guiderite Adventures teamed up to create this one-of-a-kind course to get you started on the right foot.  Luke Carrick of Guidetrite Adventures is a professional hunting guide with over 20 years of experience backpack hunting the northwest, all over North America, and Africa.  Caylen Wojcik of Kalinski has 20 years of experience behind a rifle, and has been a backpack hunter for 8 years. As partners, Caylen and Luke decided to bring their knowledge together and create this unique training opportunity.  Our goal at the Backcountry Hunter’s Course is to give you the knowledge, tools, and experience you need to be confident, safe, and successful on a backcountry backpack hunt.


You can expect to cover a mountain of information (pun intended) during the 5 days you’ll spend with us.  We’ll start off with two days on the rifle range, learning the necessary skills you’ll need to make a responsible and ethical shot under austere conditions, with the end state goal of you having a solid grasp of your capabilities, and your limitations with your rifle.  Moving into the backcountry, you’ll put on your pack and spend three days in the mountains of the Pacific Northwest simulating a typical backcountry hunt. There you’ll learn about gear, how to pack your pack, fit your pack, land navigation, locating game, and taking live-fire shots under real-world conditions.  

Courses Offered

Backcountry Hunter Course