Backcountry Hunter's Course



Course description:

Magpul CORE and Guiderite Adventures have collaborated to deliver the ultimate instruction for the hunter that wants to push beyond the status quo and undertake ado-it-yourself backcountry backpack-hunting trip.  The backcountry hunter’s course is designed to provide you with all the necessary skills to safely and (hopefully) successfully fill your tag in the solitude of the wilderness.  You’ll spend two days on the range receiving instruction on practical field shooting skills under the Magpul CORE Precision Hunter course.  Upon completion of the range time you’ll spend three days and two nights in the backcountry of the Washington Cascade Mountains learning all the skills needed to assist you in the successful undertaking of a do-it-yourself backcountry hunt.

Pre Requisites:

In relation to firearms, we have no prerequisites other than possessing basic firearms safety and handling skills.  As far as the backcountry adventure portion of the course is concerned, this will involve strenuous activity in the form of hiking with a loaded pack over rugged terrain.  Preparing yourself physically for this challenge will be crucial for your success and enjoyment.

What You'll Learn: Two-Day Precision Hunter Portion

The two-day Precision Hunter portion of the course will cover the following topics:

  • Rifle Set-Up and Accessories
  • Telescopic Sight Theory and Operation.
  • Basic Angular Units of Measure (Minutes of Angle and Milradians). 
  • Basic External Ballistics and Ballistic Solvers. 
  • Understanding Ballistic Drop Compensated Turrets and Reticles.
  • Reading Atmospheric Conditions and Wind.
  • Unconventional and Field Shooting Positions. 
  • Establishing Ranges to Targets. 
  • Terminal Ballistics and Bullet Composition. 
  • How to know your limitations. 

What You'll Learn: Three-Day Backcountry Adventure Portion

The three-day backcountry adventure portion of the course will cover:

  • Personal Equipment and Clothing. 
  • Pack Selection, Fit, Loading and Wear.
  • Weapon and Optic Selection and Carriage. 
  • Nutrition and Hydration. 
  • Basic Land Navigation. 
  • Live-Fire Field Shooting Scenarios. 
  • Proper Hiking Techniques. 
  • Techniques of Observation and Game Detection.  
  • Pre-Season Scouting. 
  • Camp Site Selection. 
  • Fire Starting. 
  • Backcountry First Aid. 
  • Emergency Situations and how to handle them.
  • Butchering/Meat Cooling/Packing.

The gear

For the Precision hunter portion of the course, you’ll find the gear list below.  However, for the backcountry portion of the course, you’ll find the gear list HERE. The gear list for the backcountry portion may seem daunting, and if you have any questions please feel free to email info@magpulcore.com for more information.  If there’s a piece of gear you don’t have, chances are our instructor staff has an extra one or two.

Must haves

  • A hunting rifle in safe working condition with a functioning mechanical safety.
  • 200 Rounds of your hunting ammunition.  (See the ammunition and reloading policy page for details.)
  • A rifle scope that is mounted to the rifle with quality equipment.
    • Instructions on the optics’ reticle and mechanics are beneficial, as well as the proper tools associated with adjusting your optic.
  • Bipod (Preferably with the ability to adjust and lock the left/right cant of the rifle.)
  • Rear shooting support, also known as a “rear bag”.
  • A rifle sling with the ability to mount the sling to the rifle.
  • Backpack, or bag to carry your range equipment.
  • Note taking material, to include fine-point colored Sharpie permanent markers.
  • Appropriate clothing for the weather.  We will shoot in any and all weather conditions.
  • Hydrating device along with plenty of water.
  • Lunch for all training days.

Nice-to-have, but not necessary

  • Spotting Scope.
  • Tripod with adjustable head. 
  • Shooting sticks, or hiking poles. 
  • Shooting mat.
  • Ballistic computer.  (We recommend Applied Ballistics Mobile)
  • Kestrel Wind Meter.
  • Laser range finder.
  • Spare magazines. (If your rifle is capable.)
  • Anti-cant device mounted to your rifle, or rifle scope.

Additional notes on the course:

This course is an adventure, and as such, will have its associated risks as with any trip taken into a wilderness environment with dependence on self-reliance.  Our students’ safety and well-being is of the utmost importance and every precaution will be taken to ensure all have a safe and enjoyable experience.  The Cascade Mountains are not gentle, and it is highly recommended that the student be physically capable of sustained strenuous activity such as climbing and traversing steep and uneven terrain, all while under potentially adverse weather conditions.