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#5980442 - 10/16/15 11:05 AM Learning how to hunt as an Adult
MathGuy06 Offline
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Registered: 07/08/15
Posts: 7
Loc: Allen, TX
Hey guys, I've been looking all over for info on this topic. I can't find too much.

I want to learn how to hunt and go hunting. I've never been hunting. I don't really know anyone that goes hunting.

Do you guys have any advice for me? ANY advice would be GREATLY appreciated.

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#5980445 - 10/16/15 11:08 AM Re: Learning how to hunt as an Adult [Re: MathGuy06]
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Hunters safety first and foremost.
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#5980452 - 10/16/15 11:11 AM Re: Learning how to hunt as an Adult [Re: rexmitchell]
esnow74 Offline
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Registered: 01/09/12
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Loc: Ellis County, TX
Originally Posted By: rexmitchell
Hunters safety first and foremost.


yes, start there then maybe hunt with an outfitter for a doe or hog hunt to get the first animal under your belt with someone experienced.

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#5980465 - 10/16/15 11:20 AM Re: Learning how to hunt as an Adult [Re: MathGuy06]
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Hog hunts are cheap, high success, and low stress. Next, graduate up to doe hunts, which are very similar. Pick hunts where field dressing is included so you can see how it's done in real life and then watch videos on Youtube for some hints and tips. When you are successful, and you will be, take your game to a good processor, like Kuby's, so you can enjoy the results of your hunt.

So .. hunter's safety course is #1. Next question, have you done much shooting or is that new territory also?
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#5980471 - 10/16/15 11:27 AM Re: Learning how to hunt as an Adult [Re: MathGuy06]
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Learn about the firearm that you will be using, gun range time, dry fire practice at home. Pick only one firearm until you can advance. A 22, shotgun, rifle, bow etc. get the education along with Hunter Safety, then advance to the outdoors.
We all had to learn step by step. I don't know your knowledge of firearms.

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#5980499 - 10/16/15 11:46 AM Re: Learning how to hunt as an Adult [Re: MathGuy06]
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#5980503 - 10/16/15 11:48 AM Re: Learning how to hunt as an Adult [Re: MathGuy06]
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Registered: 08/15/15
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Loc: East Texas
Hunter's safety - which has good basics for gun safety.
Before you invest in firearms, I suggest you find a gun range in your area.
There are some real good indoor and/or outdoor ranges. Along with classes in gun safety and operation, you can rent guns to try before you buy. They also can give you a list of folks that provide training for all types of shooting interests.
Get some range time to improve your skills at shooting and then book some inexpensive hunts (as others mentioned, hogs are a good start).
Don't be shy about telling folks that you lack experience. My opinion is that most people in the shooting sports are happy to help out when people are interested in learning. Most run out of patience when people act and talk like the already know everything.
Be safe and enjoy.

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#5980560 - 10/16/15 12:29 PM Re: Learning how to hunt as an Adult [Re: rexmitchell]
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Originally Posted By: rexmitchell
Hunters safety first and foremost.
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#5980584 - 10/16/15 12:40 PM Re: Learning how to hunt as an Adult [Re: MathGuy06]
MathGuy06 Offline
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Registered: 07/08/15
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Loc: Allen, TX
My apologies, I should have provided more detail.

I'm very busy with life right now (two young kids), so trying to do some long term planning right now.

I've shot handguns, shotguns, and some rifles. I wouldn't say I have had any training who REALLY know what they were doing. So yes, I will need A LOT more practice before I ever went hunting. My old hobby is brazilian jiu-jitsu and my current hobby is lifting weights, so I understand how important "getting your reps in" when learning a new skill.

Thanks Ringman, I was going to ask about getting training for shooting. Sounds like going to the shooting range and talking to people is the way to go.

Thanks to everyone for their advice. I greatly appreciate it. Sounds like hogs and then Doe would be the way to go.

What would a good starter rifle?

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#5980593 - 10/16/15 12:47 PM Re: Learning how to hunt as an Adult [Re: MathGuy06]
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You will need a Hunter Safety Card.
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#5980618 - 10/16/15 01:02 PM Re: Learning how to hunt as an Adult [Re: MathGuy06]
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Get involved with shooting and any hunting organizations if you have the time. As with anything, best way to learn is by having a mentor or mentors whom you can learn from.

If you can afford something in the $800-1000 range, a nice Remington 700, Winchester Model 70 (or something similar) in .270 Win. or .30-06 caliber with a nice Leupold Vari - X2 variable power (3-9X, 4-12X or similar) on top will be a good "starter" rifle that will also be a good "finisher" rifle that will last your entire life.

The question of what rifle and caliber to get has a million answers. As with everything starting out, the best advice is to keep it simple. Even those of us hunting for 45 years finally realize that is usually still the best advice.


Edited by Nogalus Prairie (10/16/15 01:04 PM)
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That's the way I hunt don't know many that do. If a deer gets buy me I will try to run him down. Ive killed a bunch that way.



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#5980635 - 10/16/15 01:18 PM Re: Learning how to hunt as an Adult [Re: MathGuy06]
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Make some friends that hunt. Hunting alone is like playing golf alone. Not that much fun but better than nothing.

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#5980679 - 10/16/15 01:43 PM Re: Learning how to hunt as an Adult [Re: MathGuy06]
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#5980706 - 10/16/15 01:59 PM Re: Learning how to hunt as an Adult [Re: MathGuy06]
syncerus Offline
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Registered: 12/01/08
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Loc: Dallas, TX
Originally Posted By: MathGuy06
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What would a good starter rifle?


I was afraid you'd ask this, so I'll offer this suggestion. Buy one that fits you well and has cheap and plentiful ammo; if Wal-mart doesn't carry the ammo, then get something else. More specific suggestions get complicated in that I don't know how much you want to spend, whether you want a one-gun-does-everything rifle or if you are willing to get two or three rifles over time. Also, be sure to budget for a quality scope; it's not optional.

The sound bite answer is to buy a Remington 700 in .308, assuming you can find one that fits you and that you can afford.
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#5980822 - 10/16/15 03:31 PM Re: Learning how to hunt as an Adult [Re: MathGuy06]
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A good way to get into hunting is to go where the hunters are - shooting ranges, sporting goods and outdoors stores, gun shows. Strike up a conversation and let them know you're just getting started, and if they are like most hunters I know, it will open the gates. You will definitely get pointers, and if you're lucky, maybe an invitation to tag along on a hunt. Don't expect trophy bucks, get the experience you need shooting small game, does, and pigs. If you prove to be a good sportsman and good listener, you will probably get invited back.
As far as a starter rifle, I'd go with a .30-06, .270, or .308, but you can get a hundred answers here, everybody has their favorite. Whatever you get, practice with it, not only sitting at a bench, but in situations like you would find hunting, standing, sitting, kneeling, etc.
As for me, I used to hunt a lot when I was a kid, but about the time I went to college, my Dad (and hunting partner) passed away, I got married and had kids, and got busy with all that entails. I didn't pick up a gun for 30 years. A few years ago, I got a chance to shoot a buck at my boss's ranch and it lit the fire for me all over again. I don't have a lot of money to put into hunting, so I have a few used guns and a Public Hunting license, so I can spend some time outdoors without going broke. I have a few friends that have invited me to hunt on their property, to hunt does or pigs.
Anyway, welcome to the forum and I hope you get the chance to hunt soon.
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