Primitive Supply & Training Co is located on the banks of the Chipola River in Mariana Florida . We specialize in primitive skills training geared at teaching students how to not just survive, but to thrive off the land. Most of our courses were developed by Madison while he was on contract with the Navy SEALs, conducting survival training. Each course is custom tailored to the group or individual. Prospective students should contact Madison to discuss training goals and available time. Courses can cover multiple training topics or go in depth into a single topic.
While survival training and bushcraft practice is not for the faint of heart, Madison has perfected a progressive teaching style that builds fundamental skills before taking students into more complex material. Come for a day and learn a single subject, such as friction fire, or spend a week and master the basic skills needed to go on a tribal hunt.
Primitive Skills Training
This course provides critical skills for anyone interested in primitive living or primitive technology. Friction fires and spark fires are comprised of many different techniques. Madison is an all–around expert, teaching bow & drill, bamboo fire-saw, hand drill, and fire-plow. In this course, the time period spent is dependent on student’s preference, however it is recommend that an individual be proficient in at least one method before moving on to other courses.
1 to 2 Days
One of the most interesting and popular courses teaches how to locate & collect usable fibers from trees & other plants. Madison then teaches how to harvest and further process the materials. At the end of a full set of plant fiber lessons the student will be able to make almost anything- coolers, hats, backpacks, sandals...
½ to 2 Days
Traps & Snares
Madison's expertise in trapping surpasses that of similar schools. This course provides students with the knowledge and skills necessary to thrive in the wilderness. Madison guides students to developing trapping and capture techniques to efficiently obtain wild game for food. Target species include rabbits, squirrels, raccoons, armadillos, coyotes, fox, fish, and alligators. Trapping techniques that are taught include the popular dead-fall and snaring techniques.
2 to 3 Days
In this course, a student will learn how to track wild game in the field, as well as learn how to identify various types of trails. Participants will then learn to identify where animals are living, different signs of animals that provide knowledge of what they eat, where they find their food, and their shelter. The more advanced students will learn to track people and their behaviors in the wilderness including food, shelter, travel patterns, etc. It is recommended that this course have more than 2 days allocated to learning these skills, and could last up to a week if a student desires to become an expert at tracking and related skills. See above for pricing information.
2 to 5 Days
This is one of the most intricate of the courses Madison offers. Topics will address finding, making, and living in a shelter for a swampy environment and high altitudes. This course also covers survival techniques for temperature extremes and seasonal variations.
Flagstaff Survival Trips: Madison leads trips to a Desert landscape to instruct students on desert landscape shelters and survival. These trips are done in communion with his good friend and survival expert, Tony Nestor
Inquire to Madison for more information.
½ to 2 Days
Finding and obtaining sources of protein and fat are essential to primitive living and Bulletproof is one of the few schools willing to take students into the wild to learn how to survive as a tribe. Madison takes great pride in these lessons taught and considers it an honor to pass-down the tribal hunting ways. Come learn to use your tribe to increase your resources! Variations of this course are available to fit the students' preferences: Students can deploy to a remote island and live off of what is hunted and gathered or partake in group hunting activities, such as small game hunting with slingshots. Hunting dogs may be used to assist in your survivability.
2 to 3 Days
The ability to process animal parts for use is a skill that every hunter should know. Madison teaches the skills associated with zero waste animal processing, turning the tallow, sinew, antlers, and hide into use-able materials. This course will be highly tailored to the specific desires of the student. Bring in your frozen hides and brains after deer season, learn to process animals after a tribal hunt, or simply use previously processed hides to render useful survival tools.
1 to 3 Days
Primitive Weapon Development & Use
Living a primitive lifestyle requires the ability to develop weapons and to then become efficient in their use. Madison offers expertise in the harvesting and construction of primitive weapons; he has placed his focus on the construction and use of slingshots, bows & arrows, and spears. Instruction is offered to create your own weapons or abbreviate the course by purchasing weapons built by Madison.
Slingshots are Madison's favorite weapon and he is famed for having taken a deer with a single stone. His supply store carries three varieties of boardcut slingshots, each unique in capacity. The Thumper and Thunder are best suited for beginners and well fit for harvesting of small game. The Thud is a large advanced slingshot capable of humanely killing larger game. Lessons will be customized for each student's skill level and interests. Madison also teaches the crafting of natural and boardcut slingshots.
Recommended as a 2-day course, but can be abbreviated.
Bows & Arrows
Madison has great experience with Bow & Arrows, from their production to their functionality as a weapon. Madison can demonstrate wood harvesting, crafting, and weapon use skills. Woods used include: Osage Orange, Hornbeam, and Hickory. Recommended as a 3-day course, but can be abbreviated.
Madison specializes in crafting and using an African Style steel pointed spear. Madison will teach student the various steps from harvesting materials to throwing techniques that maximize efficiency. Recommended as a 2-day course, but can be abbreviated.
Varies by Weapon
Bulletproof Kennels has been around since 1978. Madison has a passion for American Pit Bull Terriers (APBT) and uses them as an integral part his primitive hunting. He is skilled in selecting dogs with natural hunting instincts and then enhancing their natural abilities to catch and course. This is not obedience training!!! Madison is an expert in bringing out your dog's natural instincts. If you are interested in teaching your companion to catch or course contact us today. Also inquire about trained dogs and puppies.
The skill of forging metals dates back to 5000 BC and is attributed to the success of some ancient civilizations. Madison has learned the skill of taking items, that you might find in survival settings, and turning them into life enhancing tools. This includes making forging tools from railroad ties through using those tools to convert leaf springs or files into spear tips, fire steels, parangs, knives, and anything else you need. The blacksmith shop has wood-fired and propane forges, also a variety of anvils to assist in your skill development. Come to specifically learn to blacksmith and leave with a well-developed skill set or simply help make your own fire steel one afternoon.
½ to 2 Days
$120-140 per person per day
Please inquire about reduced rates for larger groups
Lodging & Meals can be included in all courses, if desired
Courses can be taught individually or collectively. Madison can efficiently go through an introduction of 3 - 4 topics within a weekend.