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Primal Hunter:
Bison Bow Hunt

Ignite the Primal Hunter Within: Embrace the Echoes of Your Hunter-Gatherer Past

Embark on a transformative journey into our hunter-gatherer past with our Primal Hunter: Bison Bow Hunt. You'll handcraft your own osage bow and stone-tipped river-cane arrows, hone your archery skills, and join your new tribe in a communal bison hunt, just like our ancestors did before us.

This grand adventure not only reconnects you to your hunter-gatherer roots and awakens your instincts as a primal hunter but also forges friendships around the campfire. These bonds are further tempered as you unite to form a tribal hunting party and take down a bison. Delve into an adventure you won't forget, and emerge with a deep bond with your tribe and a profound connection to the people who were here before us.

In order to accommodate both in and out-of state students, or those with more or less flexible schedules, we'll be offering two versions of this class: The first is a five month, one weekend per month program, and the second is a nine-day intensive!

You can select which version you want on the registration page!


What To Expect From This Action-Packed Intensive

Bow and Arrow Crafting

Learn how to build a bow using the resources from nature that surround you.

Archery Drills and Practice

Practice until you are confident you can hit your target from 20 yards away.

Game Tracking

Learn to think like a Bison thinks.

Group Camping

Set up camp with your tribe. Modern gear optional.

Campfire Cooking

Share a campfire for cooking with your new tribe! 

Group Bison Hunt

Finally, join together on an epic tribal bison hunt! You'll process, we'll feast, and split the rest between us! The best shot gets to keep the skull!


When Is the Class?

9-Day Intensive

The 9-day intensive version of this class is rearranged and condensed to cover all of the same skills! Not a class for the lazy!

March 2-10, 2024

5-Month, 1-Weekend/Month

For one weekend per month, for five months, we will meet and cover skills needed for the hunt!

2023 - Oct 21-22 / Nov 18-19 / Dec 16-17
2024 - Jan 13-14 / Feb 3-4

Meet Your Instructor

Phillip Liebel: A Primal Mentor Guiding Your Journey

Meet Phillip Liebel, the primitive skills expert who will guide your transformation to hunter-gatherer. As the founder of Primitive Wilderness Survival, Phillip brings a wealth of survival knowledge and a deep spiritual connection to nature to every course he teaches. His philosophy reflects a humble respect for the land and its teachings, rooted in his own transformative experiences on History Channel's Alone: The Beast and his mentorship under the renowned survivalist David Holladay.

Phillip is more than an instructor; he is your guide to rediscovering the raw, primal essence of who we are as humans. His approach resonates with the whisperings of our hunter-gatherer ancestors, illuminating the path that they once walked. He seamlessly blends survival skills with spiritual teachings, urging you to listen to the land, trust your instincts, and embrace the sacred bond between hunter and prey.

With Phillip, you're not just learning tactics; you're delving into a deep ancestral connection, embracing your role in the ecosystem, and rising to the challenges that our hunter-gatherer ancestors once faced. Expect to leave his course with a new-found confidence in your abilities and a profound understanding of what it means to be a primal hunter. His teaching style is as raw and real as the wilderness itself, preparing you for the unforgettable journey ahead. Experience it for yourself in Primal Hunter: Bison Bow Hunt.

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The Legacy In Your Hands

Crafting Your Bow and Arrows

Your odyssey commences under the wisdom of the ageless sky, where you shall coax a bow from the heartwood of osage, a vibrant resonance of strength and grace intertwining. With rivercane, you'll birth arrows - swift, silent harbingers of intent - their stone points knapped to lethal perfection. As your hands shape these tools, you become the living continuation of a story whispered on the winds of time, crafting a bond with our ancient forebearers.

The Dance Of Precision

The Art of Archery

Next, you immerse yourself in an age-old exchange between hunter and hunted. The soft swoosh of the arrow as it leaves your bow is a whisper in the wind, a declaration of your intent echoing throughout the wilderness. Each shot forms a dance in balance with nature, the scent of earth and aged leaves enriching your senses, while anticipation electrifies the air around you.

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The Ancestors' Call

The Call of the Hunt

Armed with your handcrafted legacy and awakened skills, you'll answer the primordial summons of the hunt. The ancestors beckon, and as a tribe, you’ll heed their call. The thrill of the hunt pulses through your veins, the echo of a thousand generations that have gone before. Amidst the rustling grasses and beneath the vast sky, you'll join in the sacred cycle of life and death.

Embark on a Tribal Adventure

Heed the Call!

From the novice outdoor enthusiast to the hardened survivalist, Primal Hunter: Bison Bow Hunt is a pilgrimage back to our primal roots. Through crafting, training, hunting, and listening to the timeless whispers of the wild, we remember who we once were, embracing the gifts of wisdom, strength, and connection that remain our heritage. This is your invitation to a dance with the ancients, an opportunity to rekindle the embers of our shared human story.


Stories about us

From around the campfire... 

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"Looking forward to the next one!"

“Phillip Liebel did a great job leading the December 2022 Basic Survival course. I enjoyed the course materials and the camaraderie was top-notch. Phillip set the tone by being respectful of everyone's ability and being modest about his own experiences."  

- Eric Johnson

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“Awesome place!”

“Awesome place if you want to gain some of the skills you forgot while sitting at an office!”  

- Nicolas Nanichito Vargas

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“Vast wealth of knowledge!”

“Met Phillip Liebel at Flintlock 2: The Ozarks. Super cool dude with a vast wealth of knowledge and the ability to convey it to others who may not be so well versed in ancestral skills. Hope to study with him again soon”  

- Mike Simmons


Start your survival journey now

Sign up now to get instant access to our free online essential primitive skills course, and get access to our members area where you can find our intermediate and advanced courses, as well as info and registration for our in-person primitive survival skills training and adventures.

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Secure Your Spot Today

Unleash Your Inner Primal Hunter

Extremely Limited spots available! Only 6 spots for each of the two classes! And some have already sold...

For those ready to awaken their primal instincts and uncover their ancestral roots, we are thrilled to extend this exclusive offer. Secure your place in Primal Hunter: Bison Bow Hunt today, and take the first step on this transformative journey.

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With this offer, you'll receive:

  • Hand-made Cherokee Style Osage Bow (Value: $1997): Using you own hands, under expert guidance, craft your own Cherokee style Osage bow.
  • River cane Arrows (Value: $147): High-quality River cane shafts are supplied for you to craft your arrows, marrying nature's bounty with your newfound skills.
  • ​Stone points (Value: $147): Phillip will help you create and haft your arrowheads on to your arrows.
  • Flint Knapping Kit (Value: $97): You'll receive your own kit to create razor-sharp flint arrowheads, a primal tool with a legacy spanning thousands of years.
  • Primitive Bow Crafting Masterclass (Value: $1997): Benefit from Phillip Liebel's expert guidance as you learn to craft your bow and arrows and flintknap your own arrowheads.
  • Archery Training with Phillip Liebel (Value: $1997): When it comes to primitive archery, Phillip is the best. He's taken many animals with his own primitive hand made bows and arrows and he's committed to help you doing the same.
  • 1/8 of Bison Meat (Value: $797): We procure a majestic bison for the ultimate hunting experience. This primes your hunting journey to be as authentic and immersive as possible.
  • ​​Tribal Hunt (Value: $2997): Experience the thrill of a group bison hunt, using the skills you've honed and the bow you've crafted, marking your transformation into a primal hunter. Available separately, this hunting experience is an unparalleled value included in your package.
  • Ancestral Connection (Priceless): Step back in time and partake in a communal hunt, an experience that forges a deep connection with our shared human history.
  • Campfire Camaraderie (Priceless): Forge enduring friendships around the campfire, and temper these bonds as you unite as a tribal hunting party.

Total value: $12,137

Today Just: $3,000

Or 5 payments of $600!



 Where is the school located?

Our class will be held on a private, 120-acre property located approximately 90 minutes west of Fort Worth, outside the city of Graham, Texas.

Groceries, fuel, restaurants, and Walmart shopping are a short drive into the town of Graham.

 What is the terrain at the school like?

Small hills, rocky ground with plenty of juniper trees. The area is covered with light underbrush, but nothing significant or very heavy.

There are a few stock tanks located at the back of the property.

 How reliable is the cellphone service?

Cell phone service is rare, but on occasion, you might be able to pick-up a single bar or two.

In General, cell phones don’t get very good reception.

Walking up to the parking area or to the road seems to help.

 What type of road leads to the camp site?

The access road to the camp is basically a worn-down path. It is not an improved road, and it does have some rough spots, but there have been many, low clearance vehicles that have made the drive with no issues.

When it rains, the roads can become unpassable for low clearance vehicles.

 Is the camp location on public property?


This camp is located on private property and as guests, everyone is reminded to be respectful of the land, the plants and the animals.

 Are there any power outlets available to students?

This is a remote camp and there is no power provided.

Some students have brought solar panels to help keep phones charged and to recharge flashlight batteries.

 How close to my vehicle is the camp area and classroom?

You will be able to park before the service road.

The walk from the parking area to the camp is roughly half a mile.

 Where will I sleep?

As an advanced course, we highly encourage students to use the shelter techniques from the course.

However, sleeping arrangements are up to each student. Most of the time, everyone finds a spot relatively close to the classroom/campfire.

We could also make a group camp.

Health & Hygiene

 Is potable water provided?

We have a small supply of water available in the case of an emergency, but in general, you should bring your own water.

Bring plenty for drinking, cooking, and general-use purposes. Some students bring a few of the 1-gallon water jugs they pick up at the store. Other students have brought a case or two of the 20 oz water bottles. No matter how you bring your water, make sure to bring plenty!

As this is an intermediate course, we encourage you leave most of that at the car, and to use the techniques from the course for preparedness for real situations.

 Are meals provided?

The campfire is provided… meals are not!

Usually, everyone comes together around the campfire during mealtimes, and it provides a great atmosphere for fellowship. Typically, people are very generous and share with each other. Sometimes, some of the students have brought enough food to cook for the entire class!

If you have a cooler, we suggest packing that up with ice, and bringing any perishable food, like meats to grill, that way.

You can drive the cooler out to the campsite if needed.

 Are restrooms available?

No, this is a primitive school in all aspects…including when nature calls.

 Is a trash can provided for the students?

No, you should plan to take care of your own debris.

We want to be good stewards of the land, so you should plan to dispose of your own trash, packages and wrappers.

We suggest bringing a trash bag that you can use and carry out upon leaving.

Materials and Supplies

 Is everything on the packing list mandatory?

Yes. To make the most of the class, you should plan to bring all of the required materials. If you are unable to acquire any of the items, contact the instructor.

These are the same as required in the intro course, Essential Primitive Wilderness Survival, as well as a compass, notebook, and a pen or pencil.

 What if I can’t get everything on the list before the class starts?

That’s OK.

There are times when there are extra materials that can be shared.

However, don’t just show up to class short-handed, be sure to reach out to the instructor so they are aware, and they can help you source alternative materials.

Can I bring anything else?

There are plenty of things you may want to bring for extra comfort, such as a camp chair for sitting around the fire, and perhaps a headlamp for seeing when the night is dark. Maybe a guitar for enjoying the downtime (we hope you do!).

Just remember, you'll have to carry it, though not a very far distance.

Please keep extra items to the minimum though so you get the full experience.

 Should I bring anything to prepare food?

You will be able to cook your meals around the community campfire. We provide the firewood and the spark; the rest is up to you!


 How will I cook my meals?

You will be able to cook your meals around the community campfire. We provide the firewood and the spark; the rest is up to you!

Some students bring simple sandwiches, while others bring campfire grates and cook entire steaks.

Breaking bread with others builds a sense of community and camaraderie, so we highly encourage everyone to enjoy mealtimes together.

Mealtime is a unique experience, and usually a lot of fun, and you don’t want to miss it!

 Should I bring anything to prepare food?

If you want to grill something, you'll probably have to bring a grate to do so. Or maybe we can build something!

Some students bring cast iron pans, and other utensils, such as tongs, spatulas, and cutting boards.

The great part about the PWS BlanketPack is that it will expand to fit it all. You'll have to carry it though!

More Questions!

 What if I can’t complete one of the skills?

That’s OK, just keep trying! During the weekend, there will be plenty of time to practice and learn the skills.

If you're having trouble, our instructors will be more than happy to help you sort it out!

 What do we do in between the different class segments? Is there a lot of down-time?

This is another great part of being at this class!

While there isn’t much ‘down-time’ in between class sessions, when there is, it is filled with laughter, stories, and fellowship.

Also, some of the students like to practice their new skills during the "down-time" so they can get feedback or extra help from an instructor.

 What happens in the evening when the classes are over?

This is when the magic happens! Everyone typically gathers around the campfire for their evening meal, to enjoy a cup of hot tea and to share stories. Sharing stories around the campfire is a timeless tradition and we highly encourage everyone to enjoy the experience.

Occasionally, someone will bring out a guitar, flute or drum to play. The evening campfire is a genuinely sacred space for everyone.

 What can I do to make the most of the weekend?

Bring a can-do attitude and go all-in!

We want you to learn, enjoy and even move outside of your comfort zone so you can get to know yourself better and connect with the rugged world where we live.

There are few experiences like the one you get from being surrounded by the majesty of the great outdoors.