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Totally New to Hunting #3985734 01/23/13 11:34 PM
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Hey Guys,

Ok, I have never been hunting in my life and just turned 30. Lately, I have been spending almost all my free time outdoors, either camping, hiking, or shooting down at the range. And now, I really want to start hunting, or at least give it a good shot and see if I like it.

I was supposed to go hunting with a few friends numerous times over the last year, but every time the trips would either get canceled or someone would lose a lease, etc. Some excuses were valid, but I think that ultimately, nobody wanted to have to babysit a newbie.

I do have a lot of experience shooting and I am very safe, so that is not a problem. But I need to learn the basics of hunting, (etiquette, dressing/skinning, shot placement, do's and dont's, etc.)

I really think it is something that I would be in to. I did go dove hunting one time, but they weren't flying and we got a big fat zero. Even then, it was still something I had a blast doing.

So, my question is, what's the best way to get started? Should I hire an outfitter or guide? Do they/can they help show me the ropes?

Just looking for some direction.

Thanks guys

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make sure you have your hunter saftey course and if you cant find a place to go try some thing along the lines as a inexpensive hog hunt

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Originally Posted By: ernamal
make sure you have your hunter saftey course and if you cant find a place to go try some thing along the lines as a inexpensive hog hunt

Ya, I've thought about a hog hunt and even have been looking at a few guided hunts. Do you think the guides would help me with some of the basics?

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Sounds like you're on the right track. Just keep at it and line up a good hunt for some dove come next opening weekend. Book a hunt off of craigslist (lots of opportunites from guides posting there) - and book it a month in advance as they fill up fast.

Get your hunter's safety course out of the way.

Read up on some first aid. Trust me.

When you're out in the field don't forget your hunting license, probably keep a first aid kit in the car, carry extra water, maybe some hearing protection, and a lemon.

Pretty soon you'll be ground checking like the rest of us!

Oh, and pick up your trash! OR I'll come after you!

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Sounds like you're on the right track. Just keep at it and line up a good hunt for some dove come next opening weekend. Book a hunt off of craigslist (lots of opportunites from guides posting there) - and book it a month in advance as they fill up fast.

Get your hunter's safety course out of the way.

Read up on some first aid. Trust me.

When you're out in the field don't forget your hunting license, probably keep a first aid kit in the car, carry extra water, maybe some hearing protection, and a lemon.

Pretty soon you'll be ground checking like the rest of us!

Oh, and pick up your trash! OR I'll come after you!

Ok, thanks for the tips. Although, I have to ask..... A lemon?

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The best thing you can do is find someone with land that doesn't mind letting you take a doe or hogs.

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Sounds like you're on the right track. Just keep at it and line up a good hunt for some dove come next opening weekend. Book a hunt off of craigslist (lots of opportunites from guides posting there) - and book it a month in advance as they fill up fast.

Get your hunter's safety course out of the way.

Read up on some first aid. Trust me.

When you're out in the field don't forget your hunting license, probably keep a first aid kit in the car, carry extra water, maybe some hearing protection, and a lemon.

Pretty soon you'll be ground checking like the rest of us!

Oh, and pick up your trash! OR I'll come after you!

Ok, thanks for the tips. Although, I have to ask..... A lemon?


Gotcha!

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Originally Posted By: gacman
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Sounds like you're on the right track. Just keep at it and line up a good hunt for some dove come next opening weekend. Book a hunt off of craigslist (lots of opportunites from guides posting there) - and book it a month in advance as they fill up fast.

Get your hunter's safety course out of the way.

Read up on some first aid. Trust me.

When you're out in the field don't forget your hunting license, probably keep a first aid kit in the car, carry extra water, maybe some hearing protection, and a lemon.

Pretty soon you'll be ground checking like the rest of us!

Oh, and pick up your trash! OR I'll come after you!

Ok, thanks for the tips. Although, I have to ask..... A lemon?


Gotcha!


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you can also go snipe hunting im sure someone around your area would take you. thats always fun


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Sounds like you're on the right track. Just keep at it and line up a good hunt for some dove come next opening weekend. Book a hunt off of craigslist (lots of opportunites from guides posting there) - and book it a month in advance as they fill up fast.

Get your hunter's safety course out of the way.

Read up on some first aid. Trust me.

When you're out in the field don't forget your hunting license, probably keep a first aid kit in the car, carry extra water, maybe some hearing protection, and a lemon.

Pretty soon you'll be ground checking like the rest of us!

Oh, and pick up your trash! OR I'll come after you!

Ok, thanks for the tips. Although, I have to ask..... A lemon?


Gotcha!


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you can also go snipe hunting im sure someone around your area would take you. thats always fun

Haha. I ain't that dumb.

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A thought for you. Living in Austin you have an active Safari Club. I would become a member and attend some of their functions they have monthly. Sometimes they have hunts they auction off as fundraisers. I am betting you can make the right contacts there to help you with your future hunts.


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A thought for you. Living in Austin you have an active Safari Club. I would become a member and attend some of their functions they have monthly. Sometimes they have hunts they auction off as fundraisers. I am betting you can make the right contacts there to help you with your future hunts.

Thanks ranchman. I'll have to look them up and see what it's all about

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Thanks for all the suggestions guys. Going hunting this weekend for the first time with my girlfriend and her dad. Going to hunt doe and hogs. He's going to take me through the basics and get me started.

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Where are y'all hunting deer?

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Up around Tow, TX.

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Is the property under MLD?

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What does MLD mean?

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I just looked it up and yes, I think the lease they are on is under MLD.

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That's good. Make sure before you shoot any deer. I believe all non MLD seasons are closed for deer.

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x2 on the hunting safety course. That's a good start. I would hire a guide next season for sure and make sure it's one that will teach rather than just sit there and point at stuff. I'm sure somebody knows who to see in your area.

Dove hunting is a good place to start. Day leases are usually pretty cheap or better yet find some buddies with some ranches. Hog hunting is also another good place to start. Some ranchers hate those hogs so much they won't even charge you to hunt them.


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texas has public hunting land that you can get a permit for and not have to woory about other people dropping out or loseing a lease just need to watch out for other hunters just to get your feet wet less expense than deer lease and hiring a guide
watch a few hunting shows about shot placement not hard to figure out might even be some video out there on field dressing and quartering out deer
good luck and safe hunting

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x2 on the hunting safety course. That's a good start. I would hire a guide next season for sure and make sure it's one that will teach rather than just sit there and point at stuff. I'm sure somebody knows who to see in your area.

Dove hunting is a good place to start. Day leases are usually pretty cheap or better yet find some buddies with some ranches. Hog hunting is also another good place to start. Some ranchers hate those hogs so much they won't even charge you to hunt them.
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Welcome to hunting, Sounds like the girlfriend and her Dad are going to get you started. Some guided hunts the guides love to help you out and teach you while others not so much. If you do select a guided hunt ask about that and check references Lots of great guys guiding and some not so great ones guiding these days.

Spring turkey season is fast approaching and that is another kind of hunting you can learn from and is a lot of fun.

Good luck, have fun and be safe. If you have not already done so get that Hunters Education completed.


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I was in the same boat as you about a year ago. This year was my first pheasant, deer and duck season. People on this forum were awesome about answering my questions (as ignorant as some of my questions were). Also, I did end up going out with Monty Bennett (M Bennett) for deer on a place he managed, and then with Kirk (DUCKHUNTR35) for ducks. Both of them were great guys, and I would highly recommend them. Kirk (I REALLY hope I am remembering that name right) not only put us on ducks, he showed us how to field dress them, tell them apart, cook them, etc. Very new-guy friendly.

Same deal with Monty, and while deer may be over for most Texans, I think Monty is a good guy to hook up with if you want to hunt hogs. He will also walk you through field dressing and other questions you might have.

Once you are comfortable with what to do with an animal after it drops, I think you'll be more comfortable going out onto public land on your own, especially if you've had all that prior experience in the outdoors (I was the same way).

Good luck!

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