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#6041210 - 11/20/15 06:41 PM Tips for girlfriends first hunt?
Codeman5664 Offline
Light Foot

Registered: 02/04/08
Posts: 35
This year my girlfriend tells me she wants a duck and a deer for her wall and it is only acceptable if she shoots it herself. I plan on taking her to the range and get her comfortable with a .22 first, then move up from there. For ducks she will be using an 870 youth 20 gauge. My smallest deer rifle is a 30-30. She is a small girl and I don't want to intimidate her with a rifle that has too much kick for her. What caliber do you guys recommend/have for the women and children?

#6041230 - 11/20/15 06:53 PM Re: Tips for girlfriends first hunt? [Re: Codeman5664]
therock Offline

Registered: 09/22/11
Posts: 829
Loc: Southwest TX
A 30-30 is ok if it's a marlin. Winchester 94, not so much. Learned this with both my wife and daughter. So much of the recoil depends on the gun, not the caliber.

#6041232 - 11/20/15 06:54 PM Re: Tips for girlfriends first hunt? [Re: Codeman5664]
TexasKC Online   content
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Registered: 12/30/12
Posts: 2856
Loc: Houston & Lexington, Texas
My wife shoots a little Ruger compact 243. It's lightweight but recoil is very manageable. I wouldn't recommend it for big S. Texas bucks but she has taken several hill country deer and a lot of coyotes.

#6041241 - 11/20/15 06:57 PM Re: Tips for girlfriends first hunt? [Re: Codeman5664]
maximum Offline
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Registered: 09/30/09
Posts: 1788
get her a past pad for shooting practice
with the hard kickers. she won't develop a flinch
and she won't need to use it for hunting.

#6041242 - 11/20/15 06:57 PM Re: Tips for girlfriends first hunt? [Re: Codeman5664]
QuitShootinYoungBucks Online   content
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Registered: 11/01/12
Posts: 8778
Loc: Lubbock, TX
Code, where are you and where will you be hunting?

#6041255 - 11/20/15 07:07 PM Re: Tips for girlfriends first hunt? [Re: Codeman5664]
Creekrunner Online   content
THF Trophy Hunter

Registered: 10/19/12
Posts: 9999
Loc: Bexar/Gillespie, hunt Terrell
A. .243 for the deer rifle.
B. Keep her warm. Not that way, you idiot! Haul a blanket or two.
...and have dominion over the fish of the sea, and over the fowl of the air, and over every living thing that moveth upon the earth. Gen. 1:28

#6041273 - 11/20/15 07:15 PM Re: Tips for girlfriends first hunt? [Re: Codeman5664]
stxranchman Online   content
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Registered: 08/04/10
Posts: 52559
Make sure she is wearing hearing protection when she is shooting. The noise is what makes most first timers flinch or jerk the trigger after shooting a bit. If the 30-30 has a scope I would go with the Remington Managed Recoil loads. With any new shooter I would go with these at first and they will kill a deer just fine. Bullet placement is key. When it comes time to hunt, you could use the regular loads. She will be so excited they won't know. Good luck.

#6041299 - 11/20/15 07:25 PM Re: Tips for girlfriends first hunt? [Re: Codeman5664]
Novemberyet Online   content
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Registered: 07/08/06
Posts: 6585
Loc: Eastland Co.
If you're trooping through the woods, make sure she's not wearing a coat/pants/jacket that makes a ton of noise.

#6041324 - 11/20/15 07:43 PM Re: Tips for girlfriends first hunt? [Re: Codeman5664]
Navasot Offline

Registered: 09/22/11
Posts: 27688
Loc: Normangee/Navasota TX
She can come and watch

#6041413 - 11/20/15 08:58 PM Re: Tips for girlfriends first hunt? [Re: Codeman5664]
cattle69 Offline
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Registered: 02/15/06
Posts: 1678
Loc: san angelo
Make sure she has fun! Don't scold her if she is making to much noise the most important thing is she has a great time. Also don't take her out the first time when conditions are not favorable.

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#6041439 - 11/20/15 09:19 PM Re: Tips for girlfriends first hunt? [Re: Codeman5664]
dkershen Online   content

Registered: 05/14/09
Posts: 18366
Loc: Denton/Argyle
AR-10. .308 is a great hunting round and very little kick compared to the punch it packs.

To be sure of hitting the target, shoot first and call whatever you hit the target.

#6041550 - 11/21/15 01:43 AM Re: Tips for girlfriends first hunt? [Re: Codeman5664]
Deep Sea Offline
Bird Dog

Registered: 09/24/14
Posts: 349
Loc: Bastrop, Texas
I had my daughter (also pretty small girl) shooting a youth 20 ga practicing for her first duck hunt. I also let her shoot my 12ga 870 and she said it kicked less than the 20ga. I tried them both and she was right, those 20 ga's hit hard!
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#6041657 - 11/21/15 07:41 AM Re: Tips for girlfriends first hunt? [Re: Codeman5664]
huntwest Offline
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Registered: 09/17/10
Posts: 2286
Loc: Albany
The 30-30 is fine but a gun with a scope would be best. The hardest thing to teach in a short time to newbies is how to use open sights.Aligning the front and back sights can be tough for newbies while a scope is just putting the x on the mark. You can concentrate on teaching her shot placement.

#6041685 - 11/21/15 08:05 AM Re: Tips for girlfriends first hunt? [Re: Codeman5664]
Walkabout Online   content

Registered: 09/21/11
Posts: 513
Loc: Katy Texas
Been there done that. I had my GF shooting .270 Remington BDL off the sand bags at the ranch did well and she was confident. BUT....hunting is not shooting off of sand bags. In the field she could not get comfortable with the same rifle in the tripod or the blind or Safari style in the truck. She has missed 4 animals that were chip shops lost her confidence and the whole thing is probably my fault. Lessons learned: the caliber was not too big but the rifle was. I will put her in a 6mm much smaller gun. After she sights in at the range, we come off the sand bags and practice realistic shooting conditions. Finally she needs to acquire the target and get the shot off much faster. Think there is a reluctance to take the shot for some reason. I asked her if she was troubled by shooting an animal she said not the least. We will work on getting the shot off.

IDK your situation may be different but perhaps you can avoid some rookie mistakes and greatly improve her opportunity for success. BEST OF LUCK.

#6041696 - 11/21/15 08:12 AM Re: Tips for girlfriends first hunt? [Re: Codeman5664]
txtrophy85 Online   content
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Registered: 08/12/05
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Those 870 youth models are snappy

If you plan on keeping her around, look into a weatherby Sa-08 semi in the youth model
Originally Posted By: Nogalus Prairie
I think the deer hunting shows and "Bro' Country" are going to be the downfall of this once-great nation.

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