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Jason, Looking for help getting started into hunting

 
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Hi Jason,
I am wanting to get started with Hunting. I have never hunted before and haven't grown up with or around any hunters or guns or bows in general. I live in the Northeast and have a small farm where I could definitely take advantage of hunting the wildlife on my own property. What are your suggestions of the best/easiest ways to break into hunting? I don't really know any hunters who I could go out with and or learn from. I would like to eventually hunt deer for the meat to help feed my family.
 
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Hi Dave

In my book I recommend a few things that will help a person who has never hunted get started.

1. Take a hunter's safety course and learn safe and ethical hunting first. Learn how to handle a weapon (Appleseed shoots are good for this).
2. Find a mentor if you can.
3. Start small with squirrels first. A .22 rifle is a cheap and good way to learn the basics on squirrels.
4. Mock hunt the first few times with no ammo (carry a gun if you want and aim and pull on some squirrels). You can't recall a fired bullet.

You've got hunting land to leverage. Put an ad on Craigslist and invite someone to hunt for free with the condition that they take and teach you. Treat it like a job. They are working as mentor in payment for a spot to hunt.

Jason
 
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Great question and great reply. Thanks!
 
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Thanks Jason. I appreciate the insights. That's a great list to get me started on the right path. Thanks again.
 
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As Jason has said, mock hunting is a good way to start. Take a camera along, If you can stalk an animal and get close enough to get a good picture, (when you are hunting you should be able to have time to aim at your target, take a few breaths to steady yourself , and get a clean kill.) I would say you are ready to hunt!
 
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Miles Flansburg wrote:As Jason has said, mock hunting is a good way to start. Take a camera along, If you can stalk an animal and get close enough to get a good picture, (when you are hunting you should be able to have time to aim at your target, take a few breaths to steady yourself , and get a clean kill.) I would say you are ready to hunt!



I have used the camera trick for school age kids who thought animals are defenseless and hunting is easy, not a "sport"... Hunters are wimps.... All that good stuff... And the game I seek with them is turtles.... After I get a class consensus that turtles have a relatively small brain and move slower than most wildlife. Then I tell the biggest boys in the class they will make the worst hunters, which almost always turns out to be the case...

However, a camera does not substitute for a real gun loaded with a snap cap. This is an excellent way to not only practice safe gun handling under actual hunting conditions, but your mistakes have a safety net. It builds the coordination, muscle memory, and strength for this non sport of wimps....

I recommend this to my menttees as well as target practice for a year first and take shotgun shooting lessons from a certified instructor. Get a hunting dog pup and join a hunting dog training group. And dont start with deer... That is a fairly recent trend and hasnt served well....
 
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