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Old August 25th, 2019, 09:13 AM   #16
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Originally Posted by Whiskeyshooter View Post
Forget the firearm for a while. Get in the woods and spend some time, as much time as possible. Get out all year around and get to know Mother Nature, understanding the wildlife, studying tracks, sources of food, water etc.
I spend a lot of time all years just scouting my area. I actually enjoy it more than just actually hunting per SE. Hunting to me, is not taking down game, it is the enjoyment of being in the woods.
Go deep into the forest. The truth will set you free.
I started "hunting" when I was about 8. It wasn't until I was about 13 that my family let me start killing. I owned nothing but a Marlin 336 until I was an adult and it served me well for years.

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Old August 25th, 2019, 09:55 AM   #17
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Considering you already know gun safety, this may hurt some feelings but, sitting in a stand all day waiting for a deer to walk by isin't to me considered hunting. Mostly because out west I rarely see them I guess. Sounds boring. Plus, you gotta hike into the mountains, rugged ones where I live. So hauling a blind is kinda tough.Pre-scouting your hunt area is the best option, or place some game cameras out where you see droppings.
I guess it's different back east where you sit near a cornfield and are pretty much guaranteed some deer will wander by.

Oh, just saw whiskeyshooters post, he's right on. I hike a lot too so easy to check when out hiking. A nice pair of binoculars helps.

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Old August 27th, 2019, 12:29 AM   #18
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How to Hunt? Where to hunt first.
You have to find areas where the game lives and areas where they feed and traces here they travel between.
Most novice Hunters park their cars on roads and walk old roads and such expecting game to cross every few feet.
Most Hunters are not going to give away where they slay their 18 point bucks every year.
Hunt with a buddy and compass and gps, so you don't get lost.
If you see lots of leaping deer road signs chance are there is a good to large deer population around. Look for overgrown fields and woods edges on farmland. Approach Land Owners and ask permission to scout and to possibly hunt.
Find high points or clear fields of views of the edges, long before the season and find where the does come into the fields followed by the bucks. No trails out of the woods or thickets and no see deer in a couple of day move to another area.
If you can afford portable blinds, with permission of thee land owners put theme where you find the deer you want, long before season opens. The deer get use to it and it won't stop them from feeding. Ask the Land Owner where he sees the deer.
Keep checks to make sure the deer are still coming to your area wwith the blidn in the days before opening of season. And don't spook the deer. Sit in the edges but not in the travel lanes and observe the area or from the blind or where you have made your hide or blow down or whatever you plan to hide in.
And get some practice, including takng the safety off. I still kick myself, from sitting all day waiting on a buck I could hear fighting others in another clearing in the woods.
When it came, on a run down the trai, I kept pressing the safety lever on the Weatherby instead of raising it thus taking the safety off. In my defense it was cold as blazes and I had heavy gloves on.
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Old August 27th, 2019, 01:59 AM   #19
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Something that worried me was gutting the animal; if you screw up you can ruin the meat.

Watch multiple youtube videos.
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Old August 27th, 2019, 01:30 PM   #20
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Welcome to the crew. Iíd say start with reading The Complete Guide to Hunting, Butchering, and Cooking Wild Game by Steven Rinella. He has a big game and small edition. Steve starts from the basics of gear and planning a hunt, scouting and hunting tactics for every critter that walks North America. Then tells you how to take care of your game if you are successful. There are a lot of pictures to guide you through. I grew in a hunting family and have been hunting since I could hold my attention long enough to go with dad, and I still learned a lot from these books. I bought both books so that my kids, nieces and nephews could use them.
Short of reading and some videos, you just gotta get out there and do it. Itís great if you can find a mentor but if you canít, so be it. There will be many mistakes made, but if you keep track of them mentally or in a journal you will learn from them and eventually you will find success. Start with with hunting small game. Squirrels and rabbits are excellent teachers and great table fare. Squirrels notice you if youíre too loud or too fast and they will bark at you to let you know theyíre onto you. Finding them before they see you, getting an impromptu and accurate shooting position, and making that ethical shot are all important skills. Rabbits will try hiding in place before bolting away, finding them before they run develops a keen eye.
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Old November 26th, 2019, 04:19 AM   #21
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I'm also just getting into hunting...My dad hunted for years never really took me its just something that i want to learn. I've been hunting for 7 years I'm still looking to shoot or bag a pheasant. I want to learn deer hunting last year wife got me a bow for Christmas trying to learn how to shoot it...I do have a little bit of a disability.. Its better for me if i had like a mentor or someone that could take me then i could learn alot more.. I paid someone 500.00 once to take me didnt learn anything 500.00 wasted
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You could fill a library with how to hunt books. Start with books on terrain and even navigation thru the woods. Getting turned around (we never get lost) is not fun so after firearm safety then figuring out where you want to go and how to get back puts the fun into hunting. Now spend time out in the woods and then you can observe animals and how they act/react. The joy is being out there and seeing how nature interacts, breathing fresh air and enjoying the peace.

Nature will bear the closest inspection. She invites us to lay our eye level with her smallest leaf, and take an insect view of its plain. Henry David Thoreau
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Like you, no one in my family hunted. Regardless, when family and other time commitments allowed me to focus on it, I began hunting and killed my first deer at age 45. I have killed one or more in the 20 years since with the exception of 2016 when I killed an elk and had no need or room for more meat. I learned via magazine articles, hunting shows, and by getting into the woods and trying. Midwest deer hunting where farming is row crops (corn, beans, wheat) is not that hard unless you are holding out for trophies. Learn about deer behavior and get out there and try. You may find the hardest part is getting access to private land where your chances of success will be much better.
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