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We want to welcome Michael Lizotte as the newest member of the Sigma 3 Survival School family. He is from Canada and operates the Redbeard Survival School in Quebec.

His Background

Michael is a French Canadian who formally served with the Royal 22nd Regiment of Canada as a paratrooper. As a result, he completed tours in Afghanistan, Haiti, and Northern Quebec. Afterwards, Michael pursued his love for the outdoors. Later, in 2016, he participated in The Woods Canada Greatest Explorer Competition aiming to win the title of Canada’s Greatest Explorer. Michael’s love for the outdoors and survival training continues to grow. Subsequently, Michael went on to establish the Redbeard Survival School.

His Survival Training

Michael received his first knife at 4 years old. His grandfather taught him basic woodsmanship along with trapping and fishing. Michael quickly began to become more interested in wilderness living and survival. Later, he realized that teaching wilderness survival was his life’s passion, while serving in the Canadian Army. He quit the army in 2014 after 3 deployments to open his own survival school which became fully operational in 2016. Wanting to push further his instructions quality, he joins the 45 days instructor program with Sigma 3 where he graduated proudly. Now working full-time on his school, he always seeks to push his limits further into the survival culture.

He is qualified in winter survival, primitive skills, search-and-rescue, with additional skills in TCCC (Tactical combat casualty care), TIOP (Tactical Intelligence Operator).

His Survival School

Michael knew he would own a survival school since his childhood. He established the Redbeard Survival School in Quebec, Canada in 2016. The mission of Redbeard Survival is to educate amateurs and professionals in all fields, including police and military bodies, to avoid any situation of survival. The school states that by learning the basics of survival, students will become a key element in an emergency situation, preventing putting your life or that of your loved ones at risk. The approach that Redbeard Survival employs is based on live experiences and adapted to the reality of today. They also look at primitive techniques, while valuing modern techniques, so that students can be ready for any emergency situation.

Thus, we welcome Michael to the Sigma 3 Survival family!

The Survival Instructor Course…

How it all began…

I have always been interested in survival and self reliance. From the days of my childhood and on into my teenage years , I pondered the ways of the settlers and the Indians.  During my teenage years, my closest friends and I would go camping or just go down to the ditch banks , make camp fires , spend our time learning to cuss and spit tobacco and were known to fry fish in a shovel from time to time.

Fast forward to modern day adult hood at the age of 45. By this time I had watched survival experts on YouTube and had witnessed the explosion of interest in bush craft survival that had led to a barrage of survival and self reliance shows.  During this time I had found a school (at the time) in Northwest Arkansas on YouTube called Sigma 3 Survival School and had watched some videos and became very impressed with the skills they were teaching, as well as the simplistic manner they were taught. Life being what it was in the “real world”, I was usually too busy trying to make ends meet to spend much time  following my passions. So, as usual, they fell to the wayside.

One day a couple of years later, I stumbled upon the Sigma 3 website and noticed they had expanded to include four more school locations and had moved the main headquarters to Mansfield MO. I was impressed to say the least so I looked closer at the curriculum and class schedules. I really wanted to participate in this arena and learn from the best, by this time I had surmised them to be in that category.

Preparations begin….

Taking the Forty Five Day Instructor Course would mean that I would have to quit my job, go at the very least a month and a half without income, and attempt to reestablish myself when I returned. My hopes were that I would be able to teach for Sigma 3 and/or start my own school. However, I had to make it through the course and pass before any of that could happen.

I thought about it for several weeks and began to work on acquiring all the equipment that I would need. I had a large portion of it already such as hatchets, knives, canteens, winter clothes and boots, fire starters and the like. None the less, I spent many hours looking fore the extras and pondering which knife would be best , which pack would hold up and what kind of food to take as I was responsible for bringing a months worth with me. I even custom made a bush knife for the trip out of an old saw blade and I always carry a small knife a friend gave me made of the same.

I had made a combination of deer, beef and rabbit jerky for the trip along with my instant coffee, herbal teas, bee pollen, tuna fish and a host of dried vegetables, fruits, nuts and granola for my sustenance.

My Suburban was loaded down. The weather was warm the week  class started so I had lots of warm weather clothes as well as cold weather clothing and rain gear. I took about ten knives, four hatchets and overall, just too much junk!

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I practiced bow drill method of fire for a week using different materials, mostly from cedar around my house, before time to leave. I was able to get smoke, lots of it, but failed each time to get a coal and was perplexed as to why. I had watched videos and had found dry materials and could not figure it out. I knew, however, that it had to be something simple, maybe the way I made my notch in the hearth board? Alas, I consigned myself to letting it go until I could learn from the pros. I knew that with the conditioning I had just put myself through, I would surely have it soon.  I later discovered , among other things, that my spindle had too much heart wood in it and I had been drilling into a heart wood fire board, which is a bad combination.

Time to begin the journey…..

I woke up on the morning I was to leave with a strange feeling of excitement mixed with fear and dread. What was I about to get myself into? Was I really ready for this? Was I physically able to accomplish this mission of missions that I had very little experience with? I didn’t know. What I did know was that I had spent the money and it was non refundable. I had to go and had to succeed, that was all there was to it.  So, off I went. I said my good byes the day before and set off to Mansfield, Missouri without any real idea of what was about to happen.

Arrival at Sigma 3 Survival School….

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I had finally reached Mansfield and was attempting to navigate my way to county road B where it seemed that I was heading out into the middle of nowhere. After what seemed like several miles, I crossed a railroad track and to my great relief was a sign at a turn off onto a dirt road that said “Sigma III Survival School”!  My heart leaped in my chest and the excitement took hold! I had followed Justin Williams’s (Sigma Director) post on his YouTube Channel Dirt Time Adventures of when he had made the journey before and recalled how he expressed his excitement in his video upon arrival. I felt akin.

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So I drove along the winding dirt road and again felt like the road would never end. Finally I came to a gate that was partially in the road , just wide enough that I could drive through. It wound around up an incline and there I saw the “cabin”, a pavilion, and …Awesome! (I thought to myself) A Tipi!  The place looked empty as I pulled into what I assumed to be the parking area. I exited my truck and decided to look around. I saw two men over in the woods past the tipi, so, I went on over and introduced myself. They were both there for the same reason I was, to take the instructor course.  Geoffrey had been there two days.  the other guy had just arrived that morning and there was one guy Steve who had been there a week alone already who was in town at the time. Geoffrey  told me that a bear had been in camp the night before and Steve ( the one in town) had ran it off.

I had never been anywhere other than a zoo where live bears roaming around was commonplace so, my level of fear mixed with excitement had raised to def con 3. I was more excited than fearful and looked forward to actually getting to see a bear in the wild! However, I never did.

That first night before class was to begin, we were all setting up camp in primitive shelters that were already built on the property. I chose a jungle hooch and put my tarp over it. It was amazingly comfortable and I slept very well.

As people started showing up, I met a barrage of interesting and unique individuals from many parts of the US and the Netherlands. As our instructor course would be running simultaneously with regular courses, I saw many different people come and go with the passing of some of the basic classes such as Survival Standard and Advanced Standard.

We learned about shelter building from emergency survival situations to long term wilderness living and sustainability. We learned how to find and gather materials and resources for fire, shelter and water for immediate and long term use. We learned how to take what nature has to offer and make tools, cordage, medicine, and weapons. Some lessons learned included making pottery, flint knapping, trapping, how to move in the woods for safety and stealth, camouflage techniques, meat and hide procurement and processing, bow making, coal burn containers, basket weaving, navigation methods for night and day, tracking, escape and evasion maneuvers and a host of tidbits along the way too numerous to mention here.

Once our instructors were confident in our abilities, we had what is called Scout Week Knife only.

Scout Week…

We were taken to a new location and allowed only a knife and what clothes we could wear on our bodies at one time. The temperatures were in the 20’s that week dipping into the teens at night. Our first objectives were to build a primitive shelter, find a water source and gather materials to build a bow drill kit so we could make a fire. Not everyone is able to accomplish fire on the first day due to the various requirements for a proper kit and the physical demands of such an undertaking. We were alone in our endeavors until we achieved our tasks.

I tackled shelter building first and had a really nice one built in just a couple of hours , had found a fresh water spring and some discarded plastic water bottles to use as canteens and then I spent the rest of my afternoon looking for material for my bow drill kit. It can be difficult to find proper wood in the right stage of decay and dryness to achieve a coal. After I had acquired what I thought was the best I was going to find and still have enough daylight to gather firewood for the night  I set out to build my kit and get my fire started.

A bow drill kit is made up of five parts, the hearth board, spindle, bearing block, bow and the coal catch. I recommend using a small piece of wood instead of a leaf , something like a thin shaving about an inch or so long and wide enough to hold the coal securely. This provides a good ground moisture barrier and protects that hard earned coal better.

By the time I got my kit made , it was getting dark and I could barely see. I was tired and knew that it would take the rest of my energy reserve to use the bow drill to get a coal. I hoped that my kit would be good enough, I had my doubts. I could feel the temperature dropping as the night was taking over. So, I took a few moments to relax and mentally prepare myself for the task at hand.

And so, I began. By the time I had burned the spindle in, it was really getting dark, I could barely see as I carved my notch in the board. By the time I was ready to drill for a coal, I had to feel with my fingers to find placement for the spindle. As I  worked the bow to heat up the board, I began to smell smoke. I knew that It was time to add pressure and really go for a coal! I could tell the smoke had increased greatly as scent of it engulfed my lungs. I gave it all I had for a final few seconds and then……exhausted, my heart sank as I considered how cold the night was going to be without a fire. I just sat there, didn’t move, just catching my breath….. out of the darkness…is that….YES! It’s glowing red! I had a coal and it grew and grew until it was glowing bright and beautiful as it pierced the darkness. I grabbed my tender bundle and gently placed it in the center, folded it gently around and began to lightly blow taking my time until it burst into flame. I quickly began to lay in small sticks and slowly fed it until it was a magnificently warm campfire.

I had done it! I had achieved shelter, water, and fire on day one. I was relieved and quite pleased with myself. That night I slept well.

The rest of that week was spent making primitive weapons, gathering wild edibles, improving shelters, making natural cordage, making a basket and eating insects. The only food we had was what we could harvest from the land with what we could make or find having only a knife. I found out black ants are natures skittles, they are quite tasty. I ate roasted grasshoppers and spiders and later on in the week I was able to catch some small bass from the creek.

By our seventh and final day of scout week, we were all ready for a feast. We had been playing a game about food for several nights to pass the time  by naming food that begins with letters of the alphabet from A to Z. We had food on the brain.

We had started our journey with fifteen instructor candidates and now we were down to only nine of us left. We had all become very close and connected. I had noticed early on that my dreams had become very active and vivid. I had been experiencing deja vu and commented that I knew that I was where I was supposed to be. During conversations I had found that many of us were  having the same experiences of vivid dreams and deja vu.  Through our collective trials and victories as the weeks had progressed, we had become a family. This would serve us well the following week.

Our final week consisted of SERE training, modified from a military version to a civilian counterpart. SERE stands for Survive Escape Resist Evade. This training will test your mind, body and will. You will learn how tough you really are. I won’t go into a lot of details here, this training is best experienced rather than discussed but, I will say that you will experience a small taste of what being kidnapped, interrogated, and tortured could be like.

Graduation…..

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When I received my certificate and patch that says I am a Sigma 3 Level 1 Instructor, It meant more to me than any other certificate I had ever had and still does to this day. I had accomplished something that not many people could do and I had gained new family and entered a brotherhood like no other.

This whole experience changed my life forever and the way I see the world around me. I found out that I am stronger than I once believed and I am confident in my abilities to survive in the wilderness. I still have much to learn and much to improve on but, I have the will, determination and a foundation to build upon. Bushcraft is now a part of who I am and I will continue down this path from now on.

In closing, I encourage you to follow your dreams. Don’t be afraid to break out of the box that society has put you in, and take the Sigma 3 Survival Instructor Course. The more I learn about nature and what it has to offer, the more I understand that is where real life is meant to be lived. There is peace and joy in the wonders of the wilderness. Step out and experience life as your ancestors did, reconnect with nature.

Pleasant journeys my friends….

Doug Householder

Sigma III Level 1 Instructor

Hey Everyone,

We have started a new AMAZING program for you to save money on our courses! Our school is growing bigger everyday, and we are expanding into all kinds of areas around the internet and we need your help. In order for us to get more internet exposure we need to post  links on other popular  sites to our website Home Page. So, we are giving credit in exchange for you posting links to our website. You should post this info in commentary on news, survival/tactical/preparedness forums, or anything related to what we do here at SIGMA 3 Survival School. Anywhere you can post a link to our site gets you credit.
If you sign up for this program then we will update you on the keywords that need to be posted. For every link you make, you will receive ONE dollar towards training credits. So if you post 300 links then you get $300 towards to our training programs. Certain specialty courses will have a cap on the credit but every course that we offer has lots of training credit availability. It literally takes seconds and you could pay for entire courses in a short amount of time! In order to participate in this program you  need to Contact Us and let us know you want to trade links for credit. In order to trade in your links for credit you just need to make a list of the links and email it to us when you sign up for a course! That simple. 100 Links=$100

 


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Okay. This is a serious topic and should be well thought out! Prepping depends a lot on your budget and your living circumstances. There are two survival philosophies: Bug In or Bug Out. Now even though I am a bug out practitioner I do believe it is more practical for most of the crowd to bug in! But let me clarify that I think people should have a good amount of food put away in case their is a food crisis or you are not financially fit enough to get food when hard times hits. So first is first, get yourself around 6 months worth of cheap staples like beans, flour and rice. This should not cost you much at all if you buy in bulk. For a few hundred dollars you can ensure that your family will have food and you can supplement that stockpile with foods you can gather in your area. Even in the city wild edibles are to be had everywhere, but they are bountiful in the wilderness.

Next investment I would make is to buy a good amount of conibear traps. At least 10- #110, 6- #220, 4- #330. Conibears are extremely effective traps and they last almost forever if you take care of them. They are lightweight and can be carried in a bug out bag and are more useful than almost anything you can have for putting food on the table. If properly deployed you could feed an entire family of four with just these traps. For instance, at our Primitive Hunting Techniques and modern trapping course we set out 4 #330 conibear traps and overnight we had two beavers in excess of 30 lbs. That is a lot of meat for only 4 traps and one 12 hour period. If you had all those traps out you could have more meat than you could eat if you knew where and when to trap, guaranteed! You will also want to buy some heirloom vegetable seeds and stockpile several kinds of different fruits and vegetables. Store them in your freezer to make them last longer and after each years harvest you can dry and keep the seeds!

After I got a stockpile of food together and a box of conibear traps then I would move on to building a bug out bag. And I am not talking about a 72 hour bag either. Put together a rucksack full of all the essentials one would need to survive on the move in the woods or an urban environment! This ruck should be complete and have everything you need! I know most people are most likely to bug in but the problem with bug in philosophy is that you are hiding all your eggs in one spot and if something happens that causes you to evacuate your area then all your stockpiles will do you no good. It is better to have a system for self sustainment than to depend solely on your household or caches for your needs! So first prepare to have to leave your home if necessary, but after your entire family is equipped and trained to use their kit then start focusing on storing things in your home.

Don’t ever let anyone tell you that prepping is crazy or that bad things will never happen in America. Be a student of history and look what has happened generation after generation! Just about the only thing you can depend on in history is that bad times always return. They come in waves and sweep the unaware out into the deep. So don’t be shark bait! As Maynard from Tool would say, “Learn to Swim” (from the song Aenema, check it out)!

 

Summary: Put back six months worth of food, buy conibear traps and heirloom seeds, put together a bug out bag for family and train them in the basics, learn techniques to live off land, and then begin bug in prepping for longer terms when finances allow. Don’t ever solely depend on your home for everything, you must have a system of self sustainment wherever you find yourself!

What is survival gardening? Survival gardening is making your garden invisible to those in your area by means of spreading the plants out over large areas and hiding them in spots that most are not likely to find. If you find yourself in a shtf situation, then you will not want your neighbors to know you have a huge garden and that you are eating good when they are starving. That is calling unwanted attention to yourself. Your goal is to be stealthy about all things and never let those around know you are fat and happy. Jealousy insights violence, so it is best to never let them know what you are up to. Never clump a bunch of the same crop all in one area. You have to use deceptive techniques such as hiding a small batch of plants behind vegetative barriers.

Plant species that are conducive to each other such as planting ivy type plants next to corn so that they can use the stalks to grow towards the sun. Underneath the corn you can plant sprawling plants such as squash which can actually help keep critters away from the corn. But you need make sure these clumps of plants are not noticeable and hidden in corners that get plenty of sun and nutrients. You can even use man made materials to funnel more rain water to individual areas.

Another extremely important factor is to consider animals and critter control. One way is to use chicken wire to wrap a fence around the circumference of the mini garden. Another more camo-ed version is to make a natural barrier with trees or debris. No matter how cautious you are about blocking these things off from the animals, it is inevitable some will get in. So, I suggest letting the garden act as bait for certain animals and then trap the heck out of the area. This will not only make this a vegetable source but it will also begin producing meat for you! In a shtf situation, you will not have the option to be picky about your gathering methods. So you have to optimize each food plot accordingly. And don’t forget to pick heirloom seeds only and make sure you always dry out plenty for the next year! Make your own fertilizer by mixing moist decayed leaf debris and scat to increase your yield! These methods should keep you fat and happy in bad days and come take a look at some of the courses we offer in this area if your interested in learning more!

Summary: Plant in a stealthy manner, use man made or primitive materials to funnel water and nutrients to plants, fence off from animals, plant like types and utilize ground area to the maximum, trap the area for large and small game, use heirloom seeds and dry out your seeds for next year, make your own fertilizer!

Canning and Home Prep Class

Well the class went very well and we delved into a ton of different food preservation subjects. The class covered a ton of different subjects including: canning, caching, jerky, drying foods, pemmican, jelly, modern food storage methods, etc.  We also did an in depth lecture and some field exercises in preserving food primitively. Robert made a quick smoking tripod with primitive cordage made of roots, yucca leaves, and cedar bark cordage. After we constructed the tripod we made a primitive food cache in the ground and discussed how to bury food and keep it fresh without the animals getting into it! After making some canned vegetables, banana jam, dehydrated fruit, jerky, etc; we then jumped into making pemmican! Pemmican is one of the best wilderness foods you can get your hands on. Ancient northern tribes would live on pemmican for upwards of 6 months out of the year because it is a complete food. One could live off of it indefinitely and not be malnourished as long as they got some other vitamins and minerals from teas. Pemmican can last an extremely long time because the fat in mixture acts as a waterproofing agent to protect the ground jerky from absorbing moisture. They have found caches of pemmican that were hundreds of years old that were still good! We also go into how to make modern caches and what type of products can be used to bury food and supplies in case of a disaster! These are just some of the many topics we cover in our courses! We plan to host many more home preparedness and primitive food preservation courses in the future! Hope to see you at one of our future events.

Sigma just completed our first shelter building class and we got rave reviews from the guys who participated. They seemed to enjoy the experience and I was even told by a guy that he learned more about survival in that one weekend then he had learned in his entire life. And this was not a rookie in the woods. We really do strive to go the extra mile to teach you as much as we possible can in each course. I believe in coyote mentoring to a degree but I also want people to feel they learned a hell of a lot when they come out! So, I find a happy medium!

Anyways, now that I’ve plugged the school, lets get down to the brass tacks of what went down at this survival course. The first and most important shelter to learn for any survivalist to learn is the debris hut. If you don’t know how to build this shelter then you haven’t even scratched the surface of wilderness survival. This is the shelter that will save your life if you become stranded in a cold weather enviroment. The insulation on a well built debris shelter is so thick that you can sleep in below zero conditions with no sleeping bag! We added a little something different to this debris hut. The number one complaint in debris huts is that you don’t get much sleep because you are completely cocooned in leaves and aren’t very comfortable.

Comfort is a relative statement depending on who it comes from in my opinion. But I wanted to teach people how to build an internal heating system in their shelter that was not only efficient but extremely warm in the coldest of conditions. The shelter temperature can be controlled by the amount of heated rock, insulation, and air opening you leave in the shelter. You can always raise or lower the temperature by adding more or less hot rocks to the rock pit. At the front of the shelter is a rock pit that is roughly a foot deep and completely encased with stacked rocks around it. When you put the heated rocks into the pit and close the door behind you, it will radiate heat into the space and get it cookin in a real hurry! The rocks will stay heated for a very long time, usually till morning and into the next day.

Comfort is king in survival! Discomfort decreases your chance of thriving and that increases your chances of not surviving. A comfortable survivor is a happy survivor and a happy survivor is one with a positive attitude. It is absolutely essential to retain a positive state of mind in a survival situation. The brain is like a computer and if you continually program it with negative thinking then you will create a self fulfilling prophecy in your survival scenario! So freakin stay positive no matter what and use your head!

Just remember that shelter is numero uno! Then you need to worry about water, but you always build your shelter within reasonable distance of water. The two go hand in hand! Fire is the next key variable in the equations and one of the more difficult to master. Food is the final element that you must be concerned with, but of least importance in the short term. Master the sacred order of survival and you will be fine anywhere you go.

I’m not going to talk about the jungle hooch construction to much but I want to tell everyone a little bit about. Its based on an A-frame design that keeps you off the ground in a platform debris bed. This is bar none the most comfortable survival shelter I have ever constructed and I think people even with the worst of backs could sleep comfortably in one of these. It is a foot thick leaf bed and the debris conforms to your body. I call it primitive survival memory foam and its patent pending :)! I personally like it better than my mattress at home but I am a survival school instructor, so you might take that with a grain of salt! But to back up my claims we have had others sleep in it and they gave me great reviews. So I’m self proclaiming it worlds most comfortable Sigma Survival Shelter!

We all had a lot of fun that weekend and all the students said they were definitely coming for the next course. I want to thank everybody for coming out and it was a pleasure to host something that’s been a dream of mine for many years now. My hope is that we can create an unsurpassed training environment for those interested in survival-ism in all its forms. Whether you are worried about being lost in the woods, or handling an altercation in an urban environment; Sigma III Survival was designed to meet that need. If you have a desire to train the skills necessary to survive in a hostile world, then come join us today! Please help support Sigma so we can create something for everyone to enjoy!

Andrew McIntosh said on 11/3/10 – 02:01PM

Comment: The shelter class was great. As a former member of the SWAT team I can say that all my survival skills were very short term and mostly tactical. In this class I learned how to think about turning a short term survival situation into a long term prospect. Another words plan for long term and hope for short term. Also Robert instructed us in some tactial shelters that could be used by anyone ( Hunters or Combat ). The point is that I learned more in this class about surviving than I have any where else.

Recommended Shelter Gear:

Warbonnet Shelter System

Aqua Quest Tarp Kit

ENO Eagles Double Nest Hammock

Hey Everyone,

This is gonna be another round of ‘As the World Turns’, starring Robert in the woods. Well we went out this last weekend from Friday afternoon until Sunday afternoon. Got to do a lot of things, so I’ll just start from the beginning. It was a hot night this last Friday and the bugs/humidity were out in full force. We made a fire and got our beds ready. After prepping camp we decided to go forage a bit before dark. The wild edibles were quite scarce and there weren’t many real quick tasty bites to be had. Found some wild plums that I harvested to stuff our roast chicken with for later that night. Also found some Sumac seeds and collected a pocket full so that I could make some of my famous sumac lemonade later. Sumac lemonade is really tasty even without sugar!

The sun fell over the ridge and we stopped foraging to head back to camp! We all pitched in to get the fire cranking and I threw the chicken in the dutch oven to roast up for us. Cooked it for around two hours with fire from below and coals on the lid. We ate dinner and turned in for the night.

The next morning we awoke to start working on the camp but decided that it was miserably hot and that we should go fishing instead. I made some mouthwash from oak bark and sassafras to clean my mouth out and we went to the pond. My wisdom teeth began acting up so the mouth-wash was a great medicinal remedy to keep my mouth clean and to help any soreness from infection.

When we got down to the pond I hooked up a little fishing rig that has always worked well for me in the past. I tied a trot line to the end of a long stick and used a small stick as a bobber. From that stick I tied the bait on to the bobber and used the stick as a way to throw my bait out there. I had killed a copperhead last night and I chopped it up in small pieces and used it as bait. Snake is personally my favorite bait to use because of its ability to stay on the hook for a very long time and the fact that the fish love eating them. Last year I caught ten fish on one tiny baby water moccasin that was not longer than my pointer finger! They really do work great! I put a few fish sets out and then we went to my favorite fishing spot for me to personally watch. As soon as I threw it in we had a hit within less than a minute and a fish on shore. After that we hooked a medium sized turtle that we let go. All in all, it wasn’t a killin but we had caught enough to get some much needed protein. Also made a minnow trap that was highly effective. I caught 5 minnows within the first minute and had a sushi meal in minutes from nothing but a water bottle! The school will be posting a video later on how to make this little trap. I also whittled a primitive gorge hook and showed how to make line out of willow to show the guys how you could catch fish if you had no equipment at all.

The next day a friend and I went up to the cliffs that overlook the whole valley up behind camp. You could literally see for 20 miles up there. With a set of binoculars it felt like there wasn’t anything that we couldn’t see. I whittled a trap while we contemplated the cosmos and enjoyed the cool northerly breeze. The two of us had taken the hard route up the cliff face and needed a little of God’s air conditioning to cool us off. After an hour or so we called it a day and headed back. As we walked we started playing a tracking game that I like to play. One person turns away while the other person walks about 50 yards to a spot of their choosing. When the person tells you they are done, you turn around and track each one of their tracks until you walk up to them. It is a good little drill for training to be able to see tracks quickly in debris and other substrates. You should always be trying to read the pressure releases because they will tell you exactly where the next track should be. After a short game of it we reached camp and I began crafting some trap triggers. Such as the modified figure 4 deadfall and the twitch up snare trigger. We walked down to an area I knew to be filled with game and did some tracking right before dark. We went to a spot I knew was full of raccoon dens. We trained on setting up the snare in high probability locations. After setting the snare we removed them and went back to the road.

I got a feeling that we should go down to the open field by the pond we fished in earlier to check for wildlife. I suspected that we might run into some deer. We rolled up into the field and sure enough their was a small herd of deer just north of us a couple hundred yards away. Then I looked to the east and a doe and fawn had popped out to forage on the field. Adam and I watched them for awhile and then headed back to camp before it got completely dark.

When we got back to camp I stoked the fire to make a smudge to fumigate my tick infested clothing. We had been through some dense bush and I had picked up a slug of seed ticks on my pants. So I took off my pants and hung them over a tripod in order to fumigate the ticks. After that it was time to crash!

We spent the rest of the next morning tracking and looking at different flora around the property. After that we decided it was time to roll it up for the weekend, so we cleaned up camp and headed back for the weekend. This is just a short rundown of our first Sigma III survival weekend to let you know a little bit about what kind of things we are going to be doing. As we progress the weekends will get more intense and will be more training oriented. This was just a little meet and greet weekend with members I have been chatting with for sometime. I just want to take a moment and say that I appreciate everyone coming out and that I hope you had as enjoyable time as I did. Thanks and look forward to seeing everyone in our upcoming classes.

Josh said on 9/17/10 – 01:21AM

Comment: I had an awesome time! I wish I could have stayed longer, but duty calls. Actually ended up getting a call from the fire department as soon as I got back in town…a little girl went missing in Barling so we did a big ground search. Bummer evening. I’m really looking forward to more weekends at the camp!

Events

The Survival Standard is our most popular wilderness survival training course and it covers the basics as well as some advanced survival tactics. This course will prepare you for all the most common wilderness survival scenarios. The wilderness survival standard is a great first choice for starting your training in these skill sets. Even though this is a basic survival course, a good woodsmen has a lot to gain from this course and it has something for everybody!

THE BEST COURSE FOR BEGINNERS!

The Survival Standard courses are all hands on field training, no power point, just doing the skills for real! Our survival training will cover a day by day breakdown of the survival priorities and what techniques work best. The survival training priorities are as follows: Shelter, Water, Fire, Food, Tools, & Navigation! So each day in this course will cover a new survival priority. Self reliance skills will set you on a course to total freedom in your life and these aren’t just skills for the woods, they are skills that change your life and the way you see the world.

BUSHCRAFT BASICS AND MUCH MORE!

The course will set you on a path to total wilderness self reliance and after learning the skills taught in this survival training course, you will understand what it takes to survive in almost any environment or condition. The survival standard is very comprehensive and covers a multitude of different subjects about wilderness survival skills and these skills will work in a multitude of regions around the world.

EVEN THE EXPERIENCED WOODSMAN HAS MANY SKILLS TO GAIN!

This survival training class is very intensive and is almost entirely hands on with very little lecture time. The skills we cover are a mix of primitive and modern survival skills. The survival training standard is not so difficult that family and children can’t attend. These are skills that your friends will be impressed with the next time you go camping and these are skills that tend to stick with you for a lifetime. Self Reliance skills truly give you an empowered feeling because after your training with SIGMA 3 Survival School, you will be confident to walk into any environment and take care of yourself, your friends, and your family.

This is the first step in making yourself completely self reliant in the wilderness. Sign up today and come get some dirt time with us!


Survival Skills Taught include:

  • Primitive and Modern Survival Shelters
  • Over 10 methods of wilderness water procurement
  • Bow Drill Friction Fire Making, how to use a ferro rod, creating an all night fire, and much more!
  • Survival Fishing Tactics and Modern Fishing methods
  • Modern and Primitive Trapping
  • Numerous improvised primitive dead falls and snares
  • Wild Edible and Medicinal Plant Uses
  • Primitive Navigation Methods
  • Primitive Tool Making

Itinerary

Day 1– Shelter Day! Students will build at least three primitive shelters.

Day 2– Water Procurement. Learn to get clean water quickly.

Day 3– Fire Making/Friction fire, all night fire, etc.

Day 4– Food procurement methods/ Survival fishing and trapping

Day 5– Tools/ Primitive cordage, what to carry, improvised hunting tools, etc


What to Bring

Minimum Survival Tools Required:

  • Small Backpack
  • Poncho or Rain Gear
  • Outdoor Clothing
  • Fixed blade knife & folding saw
  • Overnight Camping Gear
    You don’t need much equipment for our courses, though good equipment does speed the learning process up greatly!

Recommended Survival Kit: SurvivalGear.US

The Survival Standard is our most popular wilderness survival training course and it covers the basics as well as some advanced survival tactics. This course will prepare you for all the most common wilderness survival scenarios. The wilderness survival standard is a great first choice for starting your training in these skill sets. Even though this is a basic survival course, a good woodsmen has a lot to gain from this course and it has something for everybody!

THE BEST COURSE FOR BEGINNERS!

The Survival Standard courses are all hands on field training, no power point, just doing the skills for real! Our survival training will cover a day by day breakdown of the survival priorities and what techniques work best. The survival training priorities are as follows: Shelter, Water, Fire, Food, Tools, & Navigation! So each day in this course will cover a new survival priority. Self reliance skills will set you on a course to total freedom in your life and these aren’t just skills for the woods, they are skills that change your life and the way you see the world.

BUSHCRAFT BASICS AND MUCH MORE!

The course will set you on a path to total wilderness self reliance and after learning the skills taught in this survival training course, you will understand what it takes to survive in almost any environment or condition. The survival standard is very comprehensive and covers a multitude of different subjects about wilderness survival skills and these skills will work in a multitude of regions around the world.

EVEN THE EXPERIENCED WOODSMAN HAS MANY SKILLS TO GAIN!

This survival training class is very intensive and is almost entirely hands on with very little lecture time. The skills we cover are a mix of primitive and modern survival skills. The survival training standard is not so difficult that family and children can’t attend. These are skills that your friends will be impressed with the next time you go camping and these are skills that tend to stick with you for a lifetime. Self Reliance skills truly give you an empowered feeling because after your training with SIGMA 3 Survival School, you will be confident to walk into any environment and take care of yourself, your friends, and your family.

This is the first step in making yourself completely self reliant in the wilderness. Sign up today and come get some dirt time with us!


Survival Skills Taught include:

  • Primitive and Modern Survival Shelters
  • Over 10 methods of wilderness water procurement
  • Bow Drill Friction Fire Making, how to use a ferro rod, creating an all night fire, and much more!
  • Survival Fishing Tactics and Modern Fishing methods
  • Modern and Primitive Trapping
  • Numerous improvised primitive dead falls and snares
  • Wild Edible and Medicinal Plant Uses
  • Primitive Navigation Methods
  • Primitive Tool Making

Itinerary

Day 1– Shelter Day! Students will build at least three primitive shelters.

Day 2– Water Procurement. Learn to get clean water quickly.

Day 3– Fire Making/Friction fire, all night fire, etc.

Day 4– Food procurement methods/ Survival fishing and trapping

Day 5– Tools/ Primitive cordage, what to carry, improvised hunting tools, etc


What to Bring

Minimum Survival Tools Required:

  • Small Backpack
  • Poncho or Rain Gear
  • Outdoor Clothing
  • Fixed blade knife & folding saw
  • Overnight Camping Gear
    You don’t need much equipment for our courses, though good equipment does speed the learning process up greatly!

Recommended Survival Kit: SurvivalGear.US

The Survival Standard is our most popular wilderness survival training course and it covers the basics as well as some advanced survival tactics. This course will prepare you for all the most common wilderness survival scenarios. The wilderness survival standard is a great first choice for starting your training in these skill sets. Even though this is a basic survival course, a good woodsmen has a lot to gain from this course and it has something for everybody!

THE BEST COURSE FOR BEGINNERS!

The Survival Standard courses are all hands on field training, no power point, just doing the skills for real! Our survival training will cover a day by day breakdown of the survival priorities and what techniques work best. The survival training priorities are as follows: Shelter, Water, Fire, Food, Tools, & Navigation! So each day in this course will cover a new survival priority. Self reliance skills will set you on a course to total freedom in your life and these aren’t just skills for the woods, they are skills that change your life and the way you see the world.

BUSHCRAFT BASICS AND MUCH MORE!

The course will set you on a path to total wilderness self reliance and after learning the skills taught in this survival training course, you will understand what it takes to survive in almost any environment or condition. The survival standard is very comprehensive and covers a multitude of different subjects about wilderness survival skills and these skills will work in a multitude of regions around the world.

EVEN THE EXPERIENCED WOODSMAN HAS MANY SKILLS TO GAIN!

This survival training class is very intensive and is almost entirely hands on with very little lecture time. The skills we cover are a mix of primitive and modern survival skills. The survival training standard is not so difficult that family and children can’t attend. These are skills that your friends will be impressed with the next time you go camping and these are skills that tend to stick with you for a lifetime. Self Reliance skills truly give you an empowered feeling because after your training with SIGMA 3 Survival School, you will be confident to walk into any environment and take care of yourself, your friends, and your family.

This is the first step in making yourself completely self reliant in the wilderness. Sign up today and come get some dirt time with us!


Survival Skills Taught include:

  • Primitive and Modern Survival Shelters
  • Over 10 methods of wilderness water procurement
  • Bow Drill Friction Fire Making, how to use a ferro rod, creating an all night fire, and much more!
  • Survival Fishing Tactics and Modern Fishing methods
  • Modern and Primitive Trapping
  • Numerous improvised primitive dead falls and snares
  • Wild Edible and Medicinal Plant Uses
  • Primitive Navigation Methods
  • Primitive Tool Making

Itinerary

Day 1– Shelter Day! Students will build at least three primitive shelters.

Day 2– Water Procurement. Learn to get clean water quickly.

Day 3– Fire Making/Friction fire, all night fire, etc.

Day 4– Food procurement methods/ Survival fishing and trapping

Day 5– Tools/ Primitive cordage, what to carry, improvised hunting tools, etc


What to Bring

Minimum Survival Tools Required:

  • Small Backpack
  • Poncho or Rain Gear
  • Outdoor Clothing
  • Fixed blade knife & folding saw
  • Overnight Camping Gear
    You don’t need much equipment for our courses, though good equipment does speed the learning process up greatly!

Recommended Survival Kit: SurvivalGear.US

Difficulty Rating: Level 3

The survival instructor course is hands down the most difficult and grueling course we offer. It includes everything we teach at SIGMA 3 and will prepare you for anything the outdoor world has to throw at you. This course is designed to immerse you into the wilderness where we will teach you everything you need to know about bushcraft and survival skills.

YOU WILL SLEEP IN PRIMITIVE SHELTERS FOR 45 DAYS!

You’ll begin with the survival standard course and work your way through the entire program of courses we offer, with much more included than our regular standard programs. We get much more in depth and add difficulty elements to all the classes for instructor candidates.

This survival instructor course also has the opportunity to teach for us and make money. But most students take this course for the other benefits it offers. There is just something that can’t be explained about what 45 days completely immersed in the wilderness will do for your soul. But this is definitely a life changing course. You will never look at the world the same way after we open you up to these survival skills.

COME TEACH FOR US & MAKE MONEY!

Survival truly is the martial art of freedom. And nothing else out there can empower you to travel and adventure more than these skills will. Come join the SIGMA tribe and gain the skills that will enable you to survive in comfort anywhere you travel!

For more info, make sure to visit the class page. This is the checkout page and has limited information. Or better yet, give us a call. The number is listed below. We can’t wait to get some dirt time with you! Call today for more info.

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