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#6060263 - 12/01/15 09:57 AM Beginner enthusiast looking for guidance
Outdoorstudent Offline
Green Horn

Registered: 11/30/15
Posts: 2
Hello everyone. I've always been interested in the life style of going in the wilderness and being able to survive by hunting for your own food and using nature to survive. For me, it's a way where I can get unplugged and escape my day job of sitting in a cubicle all day and answering e-mails.

I've recently attained my hunting license, purchased a rueger 10/22, and in my final stage of putting together my camping equipment. What I would really appreciate, is some guidance on where I can hunt and camp within a 2 hour distance from Zip code 75056 (The Colony,TX) with my rifle for small game to get my first taste of experiencing the outdoors.

I'm willing to pay for a mentor to show me the ropes and location(s) on where I can get started. Any and all feedback will be very welcome. Thanks!


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#6060294 - 12/01/15 10:11 AM Re: Beginner enthusiast looking for guidance [Re: Outdoorstudent]
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Registered: 03/16/12
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Loc: wondering about the woods
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#6061175 - 12/01/15 05:19 PM Re: Beginner enthusiast looking for guidance [Re: Outdoorstudent]
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Registered: 01/25/14
Posts: 58
First welcome to the forum.

You said you've gotten your hunting license but have you taken your hunters safety class yet? If not it's easy, you'll learn a lot from it as a beginner, and if you were born on or after 9/2/71 you have to take it.

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#6061229 - 12/01/15 05:44 PM Re: Beginner enthusiast looking for guidance [Re: blindcowboy]
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Originally Posted By: blindcowboy
First welcome to the forum.

You said you've gotten your hunting license but have you taken your hunters safety class yet? If not it's easy, you'll learn a lot from it as a beginner, and if you were born on or after 9/2/71 you have to take it.

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#6061258 - 12/01/15 05:58 PM Re: Beginner enthusiast looking for guidance [Re: Outdoorstudent]
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Registered: 08/27/08
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There are places south such as the Davr Crockett Nat'l forest you can hunt but that's a little more than two hours and you need to get a map to ensure you are on the land that's free. If you choose to hunt public land make sure you wear orange and be careful.

And Welcome and good luck!

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#6061401 - 12/01/15 06:48 PM Re: Beginner enthusiast looking for guidance [Re: Outdoorstudent]
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Registered: 04/20/11
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Loc: Wise County Texas
Welcome to THF, and what they said. I know the grasslands are in reach of you near Decatur. I have never been out there, but many of the fellas here have.

You may consider booking a Spring turkey hunt if you want to get into an easy thrill soon, you will need a shotgun the way most Spring hunters hunt (call them in and chute'm).
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#6061941 - 12/01/15 11:18 PM Re: Beginner enthusiast looking for guidance [Re: Deerhunter61]
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Registered: 04/08/15
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Loc: Dumas TX
Originally Posted By: Deerhunter61
There are places south such as the Davr Crockett Nat'l forest you can hunt but that's a little more than two hours and you need to get a map to ensure you are on the land that's free. If you choose to hunt public land make sure you wear orange and be careful.

And Welcome and good luck!


Welcome to the forum.
Remember when on most public land you have to have the annual permit as well. Also most have more strengent seasons and bag limits which vary from park to park. Check it all out ahead of time.

As far as advice goes you are in the wright place, these are fantastic guys, and will steer you in the wright direction. I'v learned a lot here.
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#6062165 - 12/02/15 07:46 AM Re: Beginner enthusiast looking for guidance [Re: Outdoorstudent]
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There are designated camping areas in the Davey Crockett where you could stay for several days. However, you'll likely go hungry hunting with a .22 rifle unless you're willing to limit yourself to squirrels and rabbits.

As for learning how to hunt and all that goes with it, you'll likely find some great books written just for beginners at your nearest public library.

Also, keep in mind that hunting involves multiple skill sets that should be focused on individually if you want to master them. They include marksmanship and knowledge of firearms, archery if you go that route, animal behavior, and general woodsmanship.
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#6062542 - 12/02/15 10:52 AM Re: Beginner enthusiast looking for guidance [Re: Outdoorstudent]
Outdoorstudent Offline
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Registered: 11/30/15
Posts: 2
Hi Blindcowboy, I had to take the hunters education course (online) so I could get my hunting license. The hunters ed. course only has to be taken once, and is good for lifetime. I also got the APH permit.

Deerhunter61, yes I purchased me a hat and vest! I'm allergic to lead :P

Texas Dan, since I am a beginner, hunting rabbit and squirrel is primarily what I'm looking for ATM until I get more experienced for bigger game. Thanks for your recommendation of Davey Crockett, I will look into it. As for the learning process, I'm certainly researching to broaden my knowledge when I have the time.

Thanks everyone for your input.

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#6062591 - 12/02/15 11:15 AM Re: Beginner enthusiast looking for guidance [Re: Outdoorstudent]
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Let me also add that technology has given hunters tremendously valuable tools that didn't exist when I was in your shoes. You can very easily pull up satellite images of the areas you wish to hunt, and use a GPS to safely navigate to and from the deepest areas of public land. Still, there is much to be said for carrying a simple and dependable compass that never needs batteries.
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#6062601 - 12/02/15 11:20 AM Re: Beginner enthusiast looking for guidance [Re: Texas Dan]
Indyoshi Offline
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Registered: 10/12/15
Posts: 185
Loc: Dickinson, TX
Originally Posted By: Texas Dan
Let me also add that technology has given hunters tremendously valuable tools that didn't exist when I was in your shoes. You can very easily pull up satellite images of the areas you wish to hunt, and use a GPS to safely navigate to and from the deepest areas of public land. Still, there is much to be said for carrying a simple and dependable compass that never needs batteries.


Absolutely. My first trip to the sam houston (last weekend of bow season) I got twisted around in the woods... my gps on the phone said I was about two miles north facing north...followed that for a while before I pulled out my compass and realized I was walking the wrong direction completely. Being alone in a new area with the sun going down and "lost" wasnt pleasant but the boy scout in me kicked in. .stayed calm..grabbed my compass and walked in a straight line till I hit the road.
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#6062610 - 12/02/15 11:25 AM Re: Beginner enthusiast looking for guidance [Re: Outdoorstudent]
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Registered: 11/18/14
Posts: 309
Loc: Katy
FWIW, your rifle is a RUGER 10-22, not a rueger.

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#6062675 - 12/02/15 11:46 AM Re: Beginner enthusiast looking for guidance [Re: Outdoorstudent]
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Registered: 09/29/12
Posts: 2297
Loc: North Texas
You don't need a mentor. Since it appears you have the correct permits and licenses, the best thing to do is get out in the woods. I grew up chasing squirrels on public land. Find a stand of oaks or hardwoods and have a seat, watch and listen. You can also work on your stalking technique, learning to navigate the woods as quietly as possible while maintaining all your senses. It would also be a good idea to communicate with any other hunters, if at all possible, that may be in the area so you don't ruin each others hunting. Squirrel hunting is something many people overlook, but can be a lot of fun and rarely should you be skunked. Doesn't require long hours of sitting still, long drives to a lease, and is a good way to get into hunting as a beginner. Check regulations on squirrel hunting with a .22 on public land, some areas are shotgun only. Be aware of the areas around where you decide to hunt if a .22 is allowed, last thing you want is to send a stray bullet onto someones property. Also, make sure you spend time becoming proficient with your new rifle, obviously you want to hit what you are aiming at.

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#6062891 - 12/02/15 01:43 PM Re: Beginner enthusiast looking for guidance [Re: Indyoshi]
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Originally Posted By: Indyoshi
Originally Posted By: Texas Dan
Let me also add that technology has given hunters tremendously valuable tools that didn't exist when I was in your shoes. You can very easily pull up satellite images of the areas you wish to hunt, and use a GPS to safely navigate to and from the deepest areas of public land. Still, there is much to be said for carrying a simple and dependable compass that never needs batteries.


Absolutely. My first trip to the sam houston (last weekend of bow season) I got twisted around in the woods... my gps on the phone said I was about two miles north facing north...followed that for a while before I pulled out my compass and realized I was walking the wrong direction completely. Being alone in a new area with the sun going down and "lost" wasnt pleasant but the boy scout in me kicked in. .stayed calm..grabbed my compass and walked in a straight line till I hit the road.


It might have been an even more simple matter of listening for highway noise to get yourself oriented correctly. Traffic noise, train horns, and other sounds from known sources and directions have gotten many hunters out of the woods before the days of GPS and cell phones.
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#6063081 - 12/02/15 03:25 PM Re: Beginner enthusiast looking for guidance [Re: Texas Dan]
Indyoshi Offline
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Registered: 10/12/15
Posts: 185
Loc: Dickinson, TX
Yeah..I couldnt hear much though. It was pretty thick where I was and getting dark. There were only farms and a dirt road for me to get back to. It was also overcast and I couldnt get a good view of where the dang sun was setting. Once it got dark I could only see about 4-5 feet in front of me with my flashlight because it was really thick brush and weeds. lol35
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