Hunting With Heart: 6 Weeks To Confident & Connected Deer Hunting

In six weeks this course will walk you through the core skills and principles of ethical & spiritually-grounded hunting.  Answer the call of the hunt with confidence and connection.

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Hunt with Connection

You can approach hunting in a way that is rooted in connection, reciprocity, and respect, not in domination.  Your hunt can be integrated into your spiritual practice (whatever that may be) or be the start of a new road to spiritual connection. 

This is the hunting course I wish I'd had when I began hunting as a 28-year-old lifelong vegetarian.  I'll translate all the hunting jargon and speak with deep respect for our prey at all times.

Hunt with Confidence

The course walks you thorugh everything you need to know to keep your hunt legal, safe, ethical, and comfortable. 

I'll demystify hunting equipment and show you the most affordable options.  I'll explain the real differences between bowhunting and firearms hunting, and help you make a plan to meet your hunting goals.

Hunt in Good Company

This hunting skills journey is designed for hunters of marginalized genders: women, non-binary people, trans folks, queer hunters, etc.  You are not alone, and our private community forum allows you to connect with other hunters like you.

I'm a queer transmasculine hunter who was assigned female at birth, so I'm very familiar with navigating the hunting world from a variety of identities.  Let me invite you into hunting without all the gendered gatekeeping:  you won't get talked-down-to here!

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"You hold a beautiful container with a calm and steadfast attitude that made me feel safe, respected, and heard.  The curriculum filled all of the gaps that left me more confused than before taking the state Hunter’s Ed class."

~Gavin, Hunting Student

"Taking this class  helped open my eyes to all that is involved with hunting – its not just finding a deer and shooting.  It is so much more and this was an incredible place and way to start my own hunting journey."

~DianeHunting Student

"You created a holistic container for diving deeply into the question, ‘Am I called to hunt?’  The gravity of the choice to hunt, and the possibility of me actually hunting, have both come into sharper focus.  Thank you Murphy!"

~Lauren, Hunting Student

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Hunting With Heart: 6 Weeks to Confident & Connected Deer Hunting

This six-week course will teach you all the skills you need to know to hunt whitetailed deer with technical confidence and spiritual connection.  You'll get two lessons per week on hunting skills, each containing a series of short, digestible videos explaining everything step-by-step.

My hunting classes usually cost $300-$1500.  This course distills everything I teach into twelve digestible lessons, and costs only $95.  You'll have access whenever you want and you can take it from anywhere in the world.  Plus there is a BIPOC Reparations Scholarship available (details on checkout page).

Here's what you'll learn in the course:

Week One

Setting Intentions:

Why are you called to the hunt?

The Huntress Archetype: Artemis, Skadhi, and Elen

Hunting for marginalized genders

How to get the most out of this course


Make your Hunt Legal (in North America):

Hunter’s Safety, Bowhunter Safety, and Crossbow Safety classes

Buying your license

Access to hunting land



Week Two

Hunting With Firearms:

Rifle vs. Shotgun: which is better for your hunt? 

A note on muzzleloaders 

How to pick a gun 

How to pick ammunition 

Budget hunting gear: hunt for $500 or less (PDF)

Sights & Scopes for your gun 

Shooting your rifle step-by-step 

How to store & transport your gun safely 

How to clean your gun 

Sighting in your gun 

Marksmanship practice with a gun 



So you want to bowhunt: important things to consider

Intro to traditional hunting bows 

Intro to compound hunting bows 

Intro to crossbows 

All about arrows (& where to order them)

Arrow points: Field tips, broadheads, small game heads

Setting up a home archery range

Basic archery form

Marksmanship practice with a bow or crossbow 


Week Three

Dressing for the Hunt:

Always wear blaze orange

The Importance of Warm Toes!

Dressing in Layers

Camo or no camo?


Your hunting daypack:

Picking a backpack

Essential safety gear

What to sit on

Communication: mobile phone vs. satellite communicator

Map & Compass versus GPS

Packing your “I just shot a deer!” kit

Food for your pack


Week Four

Finding Deer:  

Habitat & food sources

Hunting the Rut

Stands, stalking, and tracking

Types of tree stands 

Trim your shooting lanes

Deer calls

Understanding antler & point restrictions

Ethics spotlight: a doe with fawns


Emotional & Spiritual Preparation:

The power of community

What is a Sacred Hunt?

The Huntress Prayer

Building an altar for your hunt

Making an offering to the land

Grounding your energy

Spiritual allies


Week Five

Making your harvest:

What is a safe shot?

Target identification steps

Common rifle mistakes

Following a blood trail

Tagging your deer

Songs & Offerings to honor your deer

Tasteful photographs: ideas for portraying the respect and wonder of the hunt


Bringing home the venison:

Dragging your deer out of the woods: how to make it easier!

Gutting your deer

Reporting your deer

Hanging your deer

Knives & sharpeners for processing meat

How to sharpen your knife

Skinning your deer

Quartering your deer

Cutting, Grinding, and storing your meat

Making Jerky

Mounts & hides


Week Six

Emotional and Spiritual Integration:

Saying grace

Sharing your hunting story

Emotional highs & lows

When hunts don’t go well

Journey to meet the spirit of your deer

Giving back & living well


Where to find more support:

Finding a Mentor

In-Person hunting skills classes

Guided Hunts

Recommended Reading

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