Main Menu
Advertisement
Affiliates
Advertisement
Newest Members
Kevinofborg, mach1z, C&H OutDoors, bigspice, laraw03
61814 Registered Users
Top Posters
dogcatcher 81370
stxranchman 52092
RWH24 44568
rifleman 44153
BOBO the Clown 42155
BMD 40617
bill oxner 38150
Big Orn 37484
txshntr 34316
sig226fan (Rguns.com) 31223
facebook
Forum Stats
61814 Members
46 Forums
427682 Topics
5899377 Posts

Max Online: 16728 @ 03/25/12 08:51 AM
Page 3 of 4 < 1 2 3 4 >
Topic Options
#6763573 - 05/13/17 10:15 PM Re: New to hunting [Re: Texaspilot]
syncerus Offline
Veteran Tracker

Registered: 12/01/08
Posts: 2244
Loc: Dallas, TX
Hogs and rams are the least expensive guided hunts, together with whitetail doe, when in season. Book a few inexpensive hunts with some of the well regarded forum outfitters. You will come up to speed quickly enough.
_________________________
NRA Endowment & DSC Lifer

Top
#6763586 - 05/13/17 10:39 PM Re: New to hunting [Re: Texaspilot]
Bravo Foxtrot Offline
Light Foot

Registered: 04/23/17
Posts: 22
Loc: Dallas, Texas
I am in the same boat! Late bloomer to the hunting thing. I have been doing a lot of research on places to hunt on public land and have found a couple of places that seem to fit what I am looking for (Rabbits, Squirrel, and Hogs) I will probably start off with rabbits and squirrels and use that time as practice and familiarization of the area to be able to track and stalk other game. It will also hone my shooting skills due to the real word experience that you cant get from an indoor range. Also I don't make a ton of money and can't afford a guided hunt so I will have to get out and get my boots dirty! Good luck and I hope you do well!

welcome


Edited by Bravo Foxtrot (05/13/17 10:41 PM)
_________________________
USMC Retired
Operation Iraqi Freedom/Enduring Freedom Vetran

Top
#6764230 - 05/14/17 08:54 PM Re: New to hunting [Re: Texaspilot]
HS2 Offline
Woodsman

Registered: 06/26/14
Posts: 188
You said you are in Spring......the Sam Houston National forest is just up the road from you. Since it's getting on into Summer, I would suggest finding some days that you can get out there very early in the morning.......like right at dawn, if you can, and just walk silently through the woods for a while. Or find a spot and sit still for about four hours and watch. Get there at dawn, sit quietly, and watch the forest wake up. Just like Bigfoot said, there's no substitute for time in the field. You can go a couple of hours before dark and just sit and watch, but the heat will soon drive you away.

In the woods, practice sitting perfectly still. Practice walking very slow and silent and observe the forest....what is there for them to eat? Do you see any tracks? Any scrapes on the sides of trees? Any droppings? What kind? Fresh droppings or old?

All these things tell you about the animals. Plus you get to enjoy all the other wildlife......birds, butterflies, insects, mushrooms. There's always something interesting in the woods.

This will also introduce you to chiggers. You need to learn first hand about chiggers.


Edited by HS2 (05/14/17 08:55 PM)

Top
#6764352 - 05/15/17 03:56 AM Re: New to hunting [Re: Bigfoot]
aerangis Offline
Tracker

Registered: 09/05/08
Posts: 840
Loc: Nunya
Originally Posted By: Bigfoot


There is no substitute for time in the field!


That right there is a testament to all new hunters and the foundation of a an exceptional hunter. You're smart, rarely does a new hunter "get it" and put the effort into mastering fieldcraft. Then you put it into practice, not an easy task for any man, especially at 48yo.

Congratulations!!!!



can and suto a man who
_________________________
Do you ever get the feeling you're being watched? Because if you do, I'll stop doing it.

Top
#6764368 - 05/15/17 05:37 AM Re: New to hunting [Re: HS2]
Bravo Foxtrot Offline
Light Foot

Registered: 04/23/17
Posts: 22
Loc: Dallas, Texas
Originally Posted By: HS2

This will also introduce you to chiggers. You need to learn first hand about chiggers.

I hate the darn things! any remedy to keep them off?
_________________________
USMC Retired
Operation Iraqi Freedom/Enduring Freedom Vetran

Top
#6764379 - 05/15/17 06:05 AM Re: New to hunting [Re: Bravo Foxtrot]
aerangis Offline
Tracker

Registered: 09/05/08
Posts: 840
Loc: Nunya
Originally Posted By: Bravo Foxtrot
Originally Posted By: HS2

This will also introduce you to chiggers. You need to learn first hand about chiggers.

I hate the darn things! any remedy to keep them off?


Easy fix.

Find a spot that's infested with chiggers. Lay down on the ground in a lightweight pair of baggy shorts or swimming trunks for at least 15 minutes. Then roll over on your belly and do the front side for another 15 minutes.

The experience is like a vaccine for chiggers.
_________________________
Do you ever get the feeling you're being watched? Because if you do, I'll stop doing it.

Top
#6764711 - 05/15/17 01:14 PM Re: New to hunting [Re: Texaspilot]
HS2 Offline
Woodsman

Registered: 06/26/14
Posts: 188
The good news for our newbie outdoorsman is that by the time hunting season starts, it's usually cold enough that the chiggers are gone for the year. So hunting season is usually a blessed time of no chiggers.

That said, chiggers are the vilest, most evil creatures known to man. I have not learned to avoid them completely, but I have learned a few tips:
--they hatch in the spring when the high temperatures hit about 83 degrees. Until then, you're usually safe.
--They usually climb on skin until they hit a restriction, such as shoe tops, underwear line, back of your knees.
--The insect repellant works much better directly on your skin rather than just on top of your clothes and boots.
--They are usually in high grass and brush. So keeping the weeds down helps a lot.

So yes, I take off my shoes, socks, and pants, spray insect repellant around my ankles, back of knees, and underwear line. I virtually coat myself in the stuff. Then I get dressed and put another coat on top of my clothes. Just spraying the top of your clothes will not do much good.

This will help a lot. Once you are bit, there's really not much you can do except cuss the little buggers. They actually dissolve a portion of your skin. They've done their damage and are gone within 3-4 hours, so by the time you get home it's usually no good to do anything.
They are evil creatures.

After all of that, I climb through any brush and brambles, weeds, stickers, whatever. I go everywhere in the woods. Never been snake bit, and the chiggers are really minimal when I do all that.


Edited by HS2 (05/15/17 01:18 PM)

Top
#6764829 - 05/15/17 03:01 PM Re: New to hunting [Re: aerangis]
Bigfoot Online   content
Tracker

Registered: 08/06/14
Posts: 797
Loc: Galveston Bay
Thank you for the compliment aerengis. Being a fishing guide and knowing what it takes to master the bay system and fishing is basically why I know that "time in the field/on the water" is everything. I tell this to all rookie fishermen or people that go with me to learn the bays or how to fish. Very much the same concept for hunting also. Being a professional fishermen has given me an advantage on how to train myself to hunt and learn





Edited by Bigfoot (05/15/17 03:15 PM)
_________________________
Sako 85 30-06
AR 6.8SPC
HK45c

Top
#6764834 - 05/15/17 03:02 PM Re: New to hunting [Re: Texaspilot]
Bigfoot Online   content
Tracker

Registered: 08/06/14
Posts: 797
Loc: Galveston Bay
DOnt get me started on chiggers. I just learned that valuable lesson about 3 weeks ago. What a nightmare these things are I have scratched my arms apart!!!

I have them on both arms and a few other places.
_________________________
Sako 85 30-06
AR 6.8SPC
HK45c

Top
#6764842 - 05/15/17 03:13 PM Re: New to hunting [Re: HS2]
Bigfoot Online   content
Tracker

Registered: 08/06/14
Posts: 797
Loc: Galveston Bay
Originally Posted By: HS2
You said you are in Spring......the Sam Houston National forest is just up the road from you. Since it's getting on into Summer, I would suggest finding some days that you can get out there very early in the morning.......like right at dawn, if you can, and just walk silently through the woods for a while. Or find a spot and sit still for about four hours and watch. Get there at dawn, sit quietly, and watch the forest wake up. Just like Bigfoot said, there's no substitute for time in the field. You can go a couple of hours before dark and just sit and watch, but the heat will soon drive you away.

In the woods, practice sitting perfectly still. Practice walking very slow and silent and observe the forest....what is there for them to eat? Do you see any tracks? Any scrapes on the sides of trees? Any droppings? What kind? Fresh droppings or old?

All these things tell you about the animals. Plus you get to enjoy all the other wildlife......birds, butterflies, insects, mushrooms. There's always something interesting in the woods.

This will also introduce you to chiggers. You need to learn first hand about chiggers.



This is excellent advice. It wasnt until my second year that I was walking around the SAM and stumbled on to about 30 deer one day. That was how I found the area that I have mastered now and I hunt and see deer 3 out of 4 hunting trips. It also happened to be one of the areas where I hunt hogs. Not this year though but I never really went hog hunting this year in the SAM. I was run out of my best spot by drug runners over by Cleveland. A guy was driving the roads for probably some guys planting weed over in that area. I was getting ready to go hunt and pulled up to me and gave me some BS story on how he was looking for his dog but he gave me some stern warnings about how I need to stay away because there are some bad dudes around there doing illegal stuff. He wasnt looking for his dog!


Edited by Bigfoot (05/15/17 03:14 PM)
_________________________
Sako 85 30-06
AR 6.8SPC
HK45c

Top
#6768076 - 05/18/17 05:40 PM Re: New to hunting [Re: Texaspilot]
Texaspilot Offline
Light Foot

Registered: 05/09/17
Posts: 29
Thanks for the good tips guys. I plan on spending some time out in the forest this summer. I am very allergic to mosquitoes, so I will probably hate the chiggers too. Try allerfex from Costco to stop the itch. Works for me.

Top
#6768970 - 05/19/17 04:24 PM Re: New to hunting [Re: Texaspilot]
leswad Offline
Pro Tracker

Registered: 11/30/09
Posts: 1027
Loc: Miserableplex
I would recommend startout hunting Dove. Inexpensive and fun.

Top
#6769249 - 05/19/17 09:16 PM Re: New to hunting [Re: leswad]
Palehorse Online   content
Extreme Tracker

Registered: 10/22/07
Posts: 4389
Loc: Surfside Beach, TX
Originally Posted By: leswad
I would recommend startout hunting Dove. Inexpensive and fun.


And humbling. It will make you wish you hit the clays more in the off season.
_________________________
“He grouped his last five shots right in the center of the bull’s-eye. Then I showed him my technique of scattering shots randomly around the target because, as I explained, you never know which way the deer might jump just as you pull the trigger.”

Top
#6769535 - 05/20/17 10:43 AM Re: New to hunting [Re: Texaspilot]
mow Offline
Pro Tracker

Registered: 09/17/12
Posts: 1201
Loc: granbury,texas 76048
im 62 and said i would neever pay to hunt.when i was in my 50's..ive always hunted private lands..either government or people i knew..but i swore i would never pay to hunt a deer..WRONG..i ansewered an ad in 2001 about a month before 9/11 and it hasnt been the same since..met some quality guys.that ive been friends with for about 15 years..im haveing the most fun hunting ive ever had..so what did i learn..your never too old to learn..i hunt with some younger guy..that really know their stuff..so just keep your ears open have an open mind..ask questions..i know i thought i knew alot..but have learned to swallow that pride and those young whippersnappers have alot to say...the internet can teach alot..save your money on tthe hunting magazines..most of those are written by eastern and nothern hunters..not texas..big difference..youtube youtb youtube has alot of valuable info..partner up with a lease that has some quality group of guys..not all are the same..but remember to ask questions..good luck and welcome to THF..

Top
#6769847 - 05/20/17 07:02 PM Re: New to hunting [Re: cameron00]
chrswr Offline
Outdoorsman

Registered: 12/31/15
Posts: 57
Loc: Leander, TX
Originally Posted By: cameron00

OR WAS IT???

clap

Top
Page 3 of 4 < 1 2 3 4 >



© 2004-2016 OUTDOOR SITES NETWORK all rights reserved USA and Worldwide