Educator, Author, Podcaster, Master Naturalist Trainee

Craig Caudill began his outdoor experiences while growing up hunting, fishing, and playing in the woods of Kentucky. For nearly five decades he has actively pursued experiential knowledge of all things related to awareness, safety, and survival in the outdoors.

He has trained extensively with many great teachers, and on his own, to better understand the great outdoors. Whether he is writing, podcasting, teaching or simply enjoying it... You will most likely find him involved with something that helps connect others or himself to nature.

He regularly teaches corporate, government agencies and the public sector in these methods as a means of education, enrichment, and enjoyment. He is an avid tracker and has taught various first responders on the federal, state, and local level in the science of man-tracking. He has led survival and wilderness navigation courses for wildlife and biology students from 14 different universities in the southeast. He has been featured on Public Education Television for the shows Kentucky Afield, Kentucky Life, and Tim Farmer's Country Kitchen. He is regularly interviewed on local news segments to share safety and survival skills. He is the author of the books Extreme Wilderness Survival, Ultimate Wilderness Gear and co-author of Essential Wilderness Navigation.

His work can also be seen in Field and Stream, Outdoor Life, Backwoods Survival Guide, Self-Reliance Illustrated, American Prepper, Wilderness Way, American Frontiersman, Ballistic, and American Survival Guide.  He has a very active blog which contains his podcasts (host and guest spots) and also guest blogs for Dan’s Depot, Omega Gear, Joel Lambert, Survival Life, Knowledge Weighs Nothing, How To Do Stuff, Family Protection Association, and American Gun Association. He has a weekly newspaper column for his hometown newspaper, The Winchester Sun. He has an active Youtube channel in which he provides education on all things outdoors. Craig is forever a student and therefore continues to train and grow in his own skill set.

The following listing is a portion of the courses he has completed, and agencies trained:
  • BBA, University of Kentucky, Emphasis in Statistical Analysis
  • FBI, Infragard Partner and Educator
  • Level II Naturalist, Kamana Training Program
  • Master Naturalist Trainee, University of Kentucky
  • Kentucky Department of Fish and Wildlife, Habitat Improvement Program Cooperator
  • Kentucky Division of Forestry, Stewardship Forest Cooperator
  • Lost Person Behavior, Tennessee Department of Emergency Management (no certification)
  • Basic Search and Rescue - Level 1, Kentucky Emergency Management
  • First Aid Certified, Red Cross, American Heart Association
  • Wilderness First Aid, Nature Reliance School (led by guest instructor)
  • 80 Hour Survival Training, Earth School
  • 80 Hour Tracking Intensive, Earth School and Midwest Native Skills Institute Combo
  • 80 Hour Scout Reconnaissance Earth School and Midwest Native Skills Institute Combo
  • 60 Hour Level 1 and Level 2 Mantracking, The Scott-Donelan Tracking School
  • 40 Hour Level 1 Building Tactical Acuity for Counter-IED, Enhanced Tracking Applications
  • 40 Hour Level 1 Mantracking, Tyr Group
  • 20 Hour Basic Human Tracking, Natural Awareness Tracking School
  • 20 Hour Visual Tracking Tactics, Hull's Tracking School
  • 40 Hour Low Elements Challenge Course Certification, Eastern Kentucky University
  • 40 Hour High Course Elements Challenge Course Certification, Eastern Kentucky University
  • 30 Hour Basic Pistol Defense, Iron Sight Defense
  • 30 Hour Advanced Pistol Defense, Iron Sight Defense
  • 40 Hour Tactical Survival, Iron Sight Defense
  • 30 Hour Team Fighting Course, Iron Sight Defense
  • 10 Hour CQB Rifle/Pistol, Iron Sight Defense
  • 20 Hour Fighting Rifle Level 1 Iron Sight Defense
  • 30 Hour Fighting Pistol, Tactical Response
  • Certified Defensive Tactics Instructor, Force Options USA
  • 4 Hour Rifle/Pistol Transition Training Performance Edge Training
  • Training in Judo since 1988
  • Training in Aikido since 1990, Certified Shidoin Shinjinkai Martial Arts Society
  • Occasional student of Krav Maga, BJJ and FCS.
  • FBI SWAT, Mantracking Instructor
  • DEA, Adjunct Instructor Backcountry Skills
  • Kentucky Army National Guard, Mantracking Instructor
  • Kentucky Army National Guard Erad Team, Mantracking Instructor
  • Kentucky Board of Emergency Medical Services, Disaster Readiness Instructor
  • Kentucky Department of Fish and Wildlife Conservation Officers, Backcountry Skills (survival and mantracking) Instructor
  • Eastern Kentucky University, Wildlife Managers Instruction on Backcountry Skills
  • 20 Universities Wildlife Managers Conclave, Wilderness Safety and Survival Skills Instructor
  • Department of Defense, MEAC Skills (Wilderness Safety and Survival) Instructor
  • Electric Cooperatives of Kentucky, Active Shooter and Situational Awareness Instructor
  • Public Library Program Speaker and Educator, Backcountry Skills (30 various libraries in Kentucky
  • Cabinet for Health and Family Services, Situational Awareness Instructor
  • University of Kentucky, Adjust Instructor of Backcountry Skills
  • Backcountry Skills Instructor (Mantracking and Safety/Survival), Several area Sheriff's Offices and Police Departments

Craig was also awarded the title Kentucky Colonel (Honorary) by Governor Matt Bevin, and has also received numerous awards from the various military and law-enforcement agencies he has taught.