Austere Cooking 101 and Bushcraft


Austere Cooking 101 and Bushcraft

5 Day - June 26th-30th 2020

Start Time: 9:00am

End Time: 5:00pm

Difficulty Rating: Intermediate 

The course focuses on solving the problem of meeting nutritional needs and avoiding foodborne illnesses in austere environments to include unsecured locations without safe food handling regulations and practices in place.  The course is designed to teach students the best techniques in animal inspection, harvest, evisceration and cooking utilizing little equipment with both primitive and modern technologies. Successful completion of this course will enable students to be more nutritionally self-sustaining in austere locations and rely less on store supplies. They will also have a better understanding of safe food handling and storage practices in austere environments.

After harvesting and preparing primary food supplies from the animal, students will learn how to maximize their resources.  Not only will students learn how to preserve portions of meat but they will use other parts.   Students will make rawhide, learn the first steps in brain tanning, rope, hide and hoof glue, sinew rope, bladder bags, bone tools and more.  We will use ever usable part of the animal to aid in survival.  Students will also learn basic skills such as fire and shelter building, water purification, knife safety and more.


  • Enhancing remote feeding

  • Nutritional needs and sources

  • Foodborne illness reduction

  • Healthy Protein intake

  • Supply chain reduction and self-reliance

  • Animal identification,

  • Medical evaluation

  • Animal breakdown

  • Field meal preparation and safe handling techniques

  • Psychology of Survival

  • The Priorities of Survival

  • Primitive Hygiene/Sanitation

  • Enhance creativity and critical thinking skills

  • Fire Craft

  • Survival Shelters

  • Finding, Filtering, and Purifying Water

  • Edible, Useful, and Medicinal Plants (seasonal)

  • Bone tools

  • Primitive Tool Making

  • Camp Craft & Bushcraft Cooking

  • Making rawhide

  • Rawhide cordage

  • Brain Tanning

  • Hide Glue

Course Topics:

  • Enhancing Nutritional Values that are directly related to

  • Cognitive Abilities

  • Physical Performance

  • Physical Exertion

  • Stress

  • Metabolic Recovery

  • Preventative Nutrition


Course Outcomes and Demonstrated Skills:

  • Whole animal/game utilization

  • Basic plant identification and utilization

  • Fire starting techniques and maintaining fires | importance of fire as a tool

  • Building expedient and long term survival shelters

  • Water procurement

  • Food procurement

  • Water filtration vs purification

  • Stone and Bone tool creation and utilization

  • Plants as tools

  • Knife skills

  • Crisis action planning

  • FoodBorn Illnesses Reduction

  • Ability to inspect animals for potential diseases or abnormalities

  • Inspect ingredients for potential harmful contamination's in Austere Conditions

  • Reducing the reliance on local foods that can cause foodborne illnesses

  • Increasing the relationships with locals through direct purchases of live animals and ingredients

  • Increasing the controls of Sanitary food and meat processing methods in the field

  • Control of cooking methods (not relying on local sources of food that aren’t cooked properly)

  • Reduction


In-Field Animal Evaluation

  • Animal identification and health evaluation

  • Animal body composition, muscle structure, cuts, nose to tail uses, including non-edible body parts

  • Harvest and slaughter techniques, field dressing, and in-field safe handling and food safety techniques


Course Outcomes and Demonstrated Skills:

  • Basic animal identification

  • Healthy animal ID pre-&-post slaughtering

  • Knife skills

  • Field skinning

  • Sanitary filed butchering practices for Foodborne illnesses reduction

  • Organ identification – healthy organs vs unhealthy

  • Whole animal fabrication methods in the field

  • Further processing and butchering for meal planning

  • Muscle structures – Understanding nutritional values from nose to tail

  • Muscle structures – Understanding best cooking methods

  • Create short/long Term storage areas

  • Basic Fire pit and smoking shack building

  • Basic Understanding of open flame cooking techniques

  • Meal preparations in field environment

  • Utilizing indigenous ingredients for nutritious flavorful meals

  • Utilizing the organs, entrails and bones for added nutritional meals and safe handling

  • Utilizing the organs, entrails and bones for tools

  • Field kitchen setup

  • Frontier methods of cooking with Cast Iron

  • Field cooking techniques:

  • Open flame

  • Smoking

  • Hot Coals

  • Dutch oven

  • Non-Fire alternative cooking options avoiding detection

    • Solar cooking – Utilizing the sun with new cooking technologies

    • Sous Vied cooking – Water bath cooking

  •  Quick recipe development – High Calorie Nutritional Meals

  • Knowing proper cooking temperatures avoiding foodborne illnesses

  • Short Term meat curing

  •  Jerky processing in the field


The survival training is very intensive and is almost entirely hands on with very little lecture time. The advanced survival training  is not so difficult that family and children can't attend though. This is the perfect family course for learning bushcraft in a family friendly environment. 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. The skills are taught in a laid back survival camp environment.  Self Reliance skills truly give you an empowered feeling because after your training you will be confident to walk into any environment and take care of yourself, your friends, and your family. If you need advanced survival training to increase your bushcraft skills and overall comfort, then this is the perfect course for you!

What is Supplied:

  • Shelter Lodging: Students can stay in one of our GP Medium tents when not running field exercises or may stay in their own tents or a primitive shelter.

  • Food and Water:

  • Sanitation/Hygiene: A portable restroom and potable water will be provided at main camp.


Food and Water Required: Water will be provided but you may ring your own food as desired.  Other food will either be harvested from natural resources or be obtained during the butchering/cooking/preservation portion of this training class.    We recommend quick field expedient meals such as our Camp Ready Meals or MRE’s. They can quickly be made at our primitive camps and won’t slow down the learning process. You can also purchase food locally once you get here. Walmart and several local eateries are within a close drive away.

Minimum Survival Tools Required:

-Small Backpack

-Poncho or Rain Gear

-Outdoor Clothing

-Fixed blade knife & folding saw

-Overnight Camping Gear

Bring your gear with you. We do not provide you with gear unless you purchase it from us ahead of time.  You don’t need much equipment for our courses, though good equipment does speed the learning process up greatly!  You don’t have to buy our  gear to attend the course, but you need survival gear of equivalent quality.


Fixed blade knife preferable a bushcraft style knife, outdoor clothing, boots, folding saw, paracord, overnight camping gear, small backpack. 


If you are still unsure of what gear you need for our survival courses, then we have assembled a complete kit that is still high quality but for a budget friendly price. All the items in this kit were hand selected by the lead instructor at CMM Survival to be the best bushcraft tools on a budget. The CMM Survival Kit is a full package kit that can be used in all our courses. These are all must have tools at a good price. Its a great survival kit, bug out kit, go bag, and much more. Add some other items to this kit and you have a decked out survival bag that you can survive in comfort. With this kit and our training you can be guaranteed to survive like a king in almost any environment!


Condor 3-Day Backpack                     100' of Paracord

Poncho                                               Folding Saw

Bushcraft Knife                                    Flashlight                        

Stainless Steel Canteen                        

Sawyer Mini Water Filter                      


Length: 5 Day Option (5 days/4 nights)  

Instructor: Jason Nauert and Jason Marsteiner 


Tuition:  $600 per student.  

Colorado Mountain Man Survival


Colorado Springs, CO |

 719-684-4147 | Contact Us


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