I have arrived! You may now bask in my glory!
My family is big time duck hunters in Louisiana, and I have a uncle who hunts deer there. Iíve gone white tail hunting with him once, but sitting in a blind all day with a 30y sight line didnít really do it for me, so I never went back. Now that Iím in my 30ís and in Texas, I want to make another attempt. Unfortunately, I donít know any hunters here so Iíll be figuring it out as I go.
I need some advice/help, and would love to receive your opinions on the below:
1- where to go:
Iím based in the Houston area, but am willing to travel anywhere in the state. I prefer longer sight lines instead of hunting swamp donkeys in the bushes. I sold my truck last year when I got my city job, and my Jeep Compass is not an OHV. I would be packing in/out.
2- what to bring:
Thereís a million articles on hunting but very little that Iíve found on a hunting campsite. I have plenty of backpacking / car camping experience but was curious if thereís anything ďhunting specificĒ that wouldnít stick out and would ruin the trip if left behind out of ignorance.
3- who to go with:
I see that fish and game has a mentorship program for adults (awesome!) but itís apparently drawing based. Is there a mentor type program that is private/ paid, but NOT a game ranch where you just pick out your deer and shoot it? Nothing against the guys who partake, but I donít feel like paying 5 grand plus to shoot a tame deer with a tag in his ear. I want to learn how to hunt on WMAís or something relatively economical.
4- ethical hunting:
Since I donít have any experience, I may be going a bit overboard on this topic, but while I can reliably ring steel at 400y with my .308, I figure my max effective range no more than 300y. Iíll be practicing every weekend until I can my groups under 6Ē@ 400. Since I donít really know any other hunters, whatís your opinions on accuracy vs your effective range, and do you recommend a range finder for a new hunter. Iím happy to pass one up at 350y, but Iím not confident I can accurately gauge the distance by eye and may Think heís in range when maybe heís not.
Any help would be appreciated!