texashuntingforum.com logo
Main Menu
Advertisement
Affiliates
Advertisement
Newest Members
Kfire01, BigCheez, Neta Geeslin, Windcatcher wife, Drake Lummus
67128 Registered Users
Top Posters(All Time)
dogcatcher 103,854
bill oxner 71,858
stxranchman 56,298
SnakeWrangler 53,037
RKHarm24 44,585
rifleman 44,451
BMD 41,089
Gravytrain 38,404
Facebook
Forum Statistics
Forums45
Topics433,327
Posts6,518,866
Members67,128
Most Online19,184
Feb 5th, 2020
Print Thread
Page 1 of 2 1 2
New hunter trying to feed the family #7805065 04/13/20 08:40 PM
Joined: Apr 2020
Posts: 3
S
SeanB Offline OP
Green Horn
OP Offline
Green Horn
S
Joined: Apr 2020
Posts: 3
Hello to you all. I'm new to hunting but not shooting a weapon. Buying a firearm is getting harder and harder so I've opted for a crossbow. I'm looking for any kind of advise/pointers/do's and don'ts that you all can give me. I live outside the Houston area toward the coast. Thanks in advance!

Re: New hunter trying to feed the family [Re: SeanB] #7805092 04/13/20 08:56 PM
Joined: Mar 2012
Posts: 11,734
C
colt.45 Online Content
THF Celebrity
Online Content
THF Celebrity
C
Joined: Mar 2012
Posts: 11,734
welcome ta texasHF...
food ta grill & chill..
bang it can get pricey...
Unless ya have family or friends with property...
public hunting land tis cheapest...
flag



i'm postaddic
Re: New hunter trying to feed the family [Re: SeanB] #7805122 04/13/20 09:24 PM
Joined: Sep 2012
Posts: 11,058
P
PMK Online Content
THF Celebrity
Online Content
THF Celebrity
P
Joined: Sep 2012
Posts: 11,058
welcome
there is another thread of a new to hunting that gives a lot of advise ... likely public land is your best option


"everyone that lives dies but not everyone who dies lived..."

~PMK~
Re: New hunter trying to feed the family [Re: SeanB] #7805125 04/13/20 09:26 PM
Joined: Oct 2009
Posts: 10,023
H
Halfadozen Offline
THF Celebrity
Offline
THF Celebrity
H
Joined: Oct 2009
Posts: 10,023
Welcome Sean - first check our classifieds for firearms. Get out to the smaller towns near you and go into the local feed store. They know the ranchers and if you want to start with pig hunting they might appreciate it.


Freedom is a fragile thing ...Those who have known freedom, and then lost it, have never known it again.
-- Ronald Reagan


Re: New hunter trying to feed the family [Re: SeanB] #7805144 04/13/20 09:34 PM
Joined: Nov 2013
Posts: 1,566
H
Hunt Dog Offline
Pro Tracker
Offline
Pro Tracker
H
Joined: Nov 2013
Posts: 1,566
Find a way to get the money together for a firearm it will vastly expand your options.

Re: New hunter trying to feed the family [Re: Halfadozen] #7805151 04/13/20 09:44 PM
Joined: Apr 2020
Posts: 3
S
SeanB Offline OP
Green Horn
OP Offline
Green Horn
S
Joined: Apr 2020
Posts: 3
Originally Posted by Halfadozen
Welcome Sean - first check our classifieds for firearms. Get out to the smaller towns near you and go into the local feed store. They know the ranchers and if you want to start with pig hunting they might appreciate it.


That's a great idea. I've been woken up on the weekends by what sounded like a nail gun roofing a house...turns out it was a hog hunt. Thanks for the good advise.

Re: New hunter trying to feed the family [Re: Hunt Dog] #7805175 04/13/20 09:56 PM
Joined: Apr 2020
Posts: 3
S
SeanB Offline OP
Green Horn
OP Offline
Green Horn
S
Joined: Apr 2020
Posts: 3
Originally Posted by Hunt Dog
Find a way to get the money together for a firearm it will vastly expand your options.


I agree with you for the most part. One of the deciding factors of going with a crossbow is the availability of ammo. A co-worker just got an AR and he's having trouble finding ammo for it. A lot of the stores are sold out of the common caliber shells. I figure realistically I'll be shooting in the 40 to 60 yard range. Beyond that, I'm not sure I'll even see the game. And paying very close attention to what's beyond my target, a crossbow bolt won't travel near as far. I'm trying to be set up for several different hunting situations, may be flatland, or a stand or a blind... But like I said, I'm open for suggestions and I appreciate them all.

Re: New hunter trying to feed the family [Re: SeanB] #7805183 04/13/20 10:00 PM
Joined: Dec 2013
Posts: 1,318
T
TXGH Offline
Pro Tracker
Offline
Pro Tracker
T
Joined: Dec 2013
Posts: 1,318
40-60 yard range I would suggest a shotgun... Abundance of ammo for it including slugs ect... If you dont want to go with a rifle that is... But rifle go with a common cartage like a .308 - you will be able to find it even now with people freaking out.

but crossbow check out the bearx line of crossbows under 500 and 415 fps..


Joseph Trousdale
Host Texas Game Hunters TV
TXGameHunters.com

www.TXgamehunters.com
Re: New hunter trying to feed the family [Re: SeanB] #7805191 04/13/20 10:05 PM
Joined: Jul 2006
Posts: 103,854
dogcatcher Online Content
THF Celebrity
Online Content
THF Celebrity
Joined: Jul 2006
Posts: 103,854
welcome


Combat Infantryman, the ultimate hunter where the prey shoots back.
_____________"Illegitimus non carborundum est"_______________

[Linked Image]
Re: New hunter trying to feed the family [Re: SeanB] #7805208 04/13/20 10:24 PM
Joined: Nov 2005
Posts: 4,049
D
DLALLDER Offline
Extreme Tracker
Offline
Extreme Tracker
D
Joined: Nov 2005
Posts: 4,049
If it is an actual need for food in the house. Talk to ranchers around you & let them know about your situation. Let them know you would take hogs that other hunters have killed. A LOT of hunters will even help you get them in the freezer or fridge. It does not take long to take the hams, loins, & shoulders off a hog and there ain't much left. I wish you the very best in your situation. Daniel







Re: New hunter trying to feed the family [Re: SeanB] #7805209 04/13/20 10:24 PM
Joined: Jul 2011
Posts: 6,019
O
Old Rabbit Online Content
THF Trophy Hunter
Online Content
THF Trophy Hunter
O
Joined: Jul 2011
Posts: 6,019
Sean, I have guns, bows and crossbows and would recommend a rifle or shotgun. The cost of cross bow BOLTS can get expensive not counting the broadheads. Shooting pigs I ruin several each year even if I get a full pass thru they sometimes get damaged. For good bolts you are looking a $6 each or more.A good broadhead, anywhere from $6 to $16 each for a decent one. Any bolt that has visible damage should not be used again, as they can shatter and cause great physical harm to the shooter. Just my 2 cents.

Re: New hunter trying to feed the family [Re: SeanB] #7805262 04/13/20 11:32 PM
Joined: May 2011
Posts: 6,864
Double Naught Spy Offline
THF Trophy Hunter
Offline
THF Trophy Hunter
Joined: May 2011
Posts: 6,864
Originally Posted by SeanB
Originally Posted by Hunt Dog
Find a way to get the money together for a firearm it will vastly expand your options.


I agree with you for the most part. One of the deciding factors of going with a crossbow is the availability of ammo. A co-worker just got an AR and he's having trouble finding ammo for it. A lot of the stores are sold out of the common caliber shells.


ammoseek.com

https://ammoseek.com/ammo/223-remington


Hogdalorian - Si vis pacem cum sus, para bellum.
My Videos https://www.youtube.com/user/HornHillRange
Re: New hunter trying to feed the family [Re: SeanB] #7805521 04/14/20 04:14 AM
Joined: Jul 2006
Posts: 103,854
dogcatcher Online Content
THF Celebrity
Online Content
THF Celebrity
Joined: Jul 2006
Posts: 103,854
Saving money on the food bill by hunting is a pipe dream


Combat Infantryman, the ultimate hunter where the prey shoots back.
_____________"Illegitimus non carborundum est"_______________

[Linked Image]
Re: New hunter trying to feed the family [Re: dogcatcher] #7805656 04/14/20 12:49 PM
Joined: Apr 2013
Posts: 1,640
maximus_flavius Online Content
Pro Tracker
Online Content
Pro Tracker
Joined: Apr 2013
Posts: 1,640
Originally Posted by dogcatcher
Saving money on the food bill by hunting is a pipe dream


No kidding.

OP, your living in a fools paradise, especially with a crossbow.

WTH do you mean “buying a firearm is getting harder & harder”? A couple of hundred bucks will get you what you need.

Re: New hunter trying to feed the family [Re: SeanB] #7805669 04/14/20 12:57 PM
Joined: Aug 2016
Posts: 1,749
T
TKandMike Offline
Pro Tracker
Offline
Pro Tracker
T
Joined: Aug 2016
Posts: 1,749
Ammo shouldn't be too big of a concern anymore, a lot of places are stocking back up and it's available online again.

Re: New hunter trying to feed the family [Re: SeanB] #7805678 04/14/20 01:06 PM
Joined: Nov 2011
Posts: 4,290
U
unclebubba Online Content
Extreme Tracker
Online Content
Extreme Tracker
U
Joined: Nov 2011
Posts: 4,290
Pigs are tough. The tend to soak up my arrows and take them with them to die wherever the hell the go to die. That can get very expensive. IMO a bow or crossbow is what a hunter should graduate to, not what he or she should start with. The ammo shortage is temporary. Get a firearm to suit your purposes. You will be able to find ammo, you just may need to search right now. Once ammo comes back, buy a supply that will last you a few years. That way, when the ammo run happens again, you won't have to worry.
For your scenario, There are a ton of good firearm selections. 30-30,45-70,35 remington, Pistol carbine (.357 is my favorite), etc in a lever action is great out to 100 yards, and should be easier to find ammo for.


Originally Posted by txhuntingguide
If I choose to hunt in a coon tail hat, a pink tootoo and hip waders that is my fine...
Re: New hunter trying to feed the family [Re: SeanB] #7805732 04/14/20 02:14 PM
Joined: Nov 2017
Posts: 333
Q
QMC SW/EXW Offline
Bird Dog
Offline
Bird Dog
Q
Joined: Nov 2017
Posts: 333
If you want to hunt to feed your family then forget about hunting bucks. Focus on does and hogs. If you spend some time cultivating some relationships with some landowners you may be able to get them to let you shoot your meat. But it takes time to cultivate that sort of thing.


Retired Navy Chief
NJROTC Instructor for Tascosa High School
Re: New hunter trying to feed the family [Re: maximus_flavius] #7805813 04/14/20 03:48 PM
Joined: Mar 2012
Posts: 11,734
C
colt.45 Online Content
THF Celebrity
Online Content
THF Celebrity
C
Joined: Mar 2012
Posts: 11,734
Originally Posted by maximus_flavius
Originally Posted by dogcatcher
Saving money on the food bill by hunting is a pipe dream


No kidding.

OP, your living in a fools paradise, especially with a crossbow.

WTH do you mean “buying a firearm is getting harder & harder”? A couple of hundred bucks will get you what you need.


rofl he's living in texas When got thar, every one leasing... Back home its always been just price of Gov. food stamps... Had aplied for some of the draw hunts on what was type11 , scratch think what it was called... & was checking inta public land hunts..
Then heard about the 1,100 lease with the 24-7-365 hog hunts for $200.00 year round... So jumped on it...
We bought a small shasta camper, we had already been doing the camping with tent since kids in diapers...
& we made it a family outing with chance ta put food on the grill & chillen...
Seen the games played on some of the other leases, prices of leases going ta highest bidders... & Truely was a Blessing whin WMA opened up just down the road...
Price of $40.00 permit with plenty of hunting...
Their still is afordable hunts for even low-income workers...
Keep your head held high & your powder dry...
flag



i'm postaddic
Re: New hunter trying to feed the family [Re: SeanB] #7805817 04/14/20 04:00 PM
Joined: Sep 2007
Posts: 848
J
jhunter77 Offline
Tracker
Offline
Tracker
J
Joined: Sep 2007
Posts: 848
Welcome Sean

These guys are right. You can pick up a Savage, a Mossberg, or Thompson Center Compass rifle with a ok scope already mounted for about $300. These aren't top of the line guns but they get the job done. I've always been told if you buy a $300 rifle buy a scope in the same price range now to each his own, but if you're just getting started I'd go by that rule of thumb. I've shot pigs with my crossbow and typically it's been a wasted bolt and head because of the damage.

Re: New hunter trying to feed the family [Re: dogcatcher] #7805860 04/14/20 04:27 PM
Joined: Apr 2013
Posts: 1,580
F
freerange Offline
Pro Tracker
Offline
Pro Tracker
F
Joined: Apr 2013
Posts: 1,580
Originally Posted by dogcatcher
Saving money on the food bill by hunting is a pipe dream

^^^Agree with this. I guess it could be done if you play your cards right but ive never done the math. I agree with others that rifle is likely way to go.


Keep your gratitude higher than your expectations. RWH
Re: New hunter trying to feed the family [Re: SeanB] #7805908 04/14/20 05:24 PM
Joined: Apr 2007
Posts: 48,016
BOBO the Clown Offline
decoy
Offline
decoy
Joined: Apr 2007
Posts: 48,016
A lot of good WMA’s like Aransas that offer good hunts. You are in a good area for public hunting. Most expensive thing about hunting is time, but who cares how many days it does ir doesn’t take to connect, you are out side enjoying nature.


Donate to TX Youth hunting program.... better to donate then to waste it in taxes

https://secure.qgiv.com/for/gtgoh/mobile
Re: New hunter trying to feed the family [Re: SeanB] #7805952 04/14/20 06:14 PM
Joined: Feb 2012
Posts: 6,169
D
DQ Kid Online Content
THF Trophy Hunter
Online Content
THF Trophy Hunter
D
Joined: Feb 2012
Posts: 6,169
Not sure I'd advertise to landowners trying to feed your family off wild game. You would probably create more trepadation than interest from them

Re: New hunter trying to feed the family [Re: DQ Kid] #7806018 04/14/20 07:24 PM
Joined: Apr 2013
Posts: 1,640
maximus_flavius Online Content
Pro Tracker
Online Content
Pro Tracker
Joined: Apr 2013
Posts: 1,640
Originally Posted by DQ Kid
Not sure I'd advertise to landowners trying to feed your family off wild game. You would probably create more trepadation than interest from them


Most landowners would tell you to get a job

Re: New hunter trying to feed the family [Re: SeanB] #7809831 04/18/20 12:05 AM
Joined: Jan 2019
Posts: 1,399
B
Bryan C. Heimann Offline
Pro Tracker
Offline
Pro Tracker
B
Joined: Jan 2019
Posts: 1,399
You want to feed your family a diet of game- maybe you should switch to a diet of fish, lol.

You want to be a meat hunter, stick to small game hunting with a shotgun on the corps lakes. Some waterfowl too. Get a 12 gauge instead of a crossbow.

Deer hunting on public land- hey friend that is great but after a lot of careful consideration I just don't think it's cool trying to feed your family on a diet of whitetail deer taken off our public lands. They have done a decent job of managing our deer, if a quarter of hunters start meat hunting whitetails there wouldn't be many before too long.

Lots of pigs around lake bardwell though and many of the corps lakes. 12 gauge, corps lakes, pigs small game waterfowl. That is how you are gonna fill your freezer legally AND ethically, on a budget.

Last edited by laid over; 04/18/20 12:06 AM.

Regular Guy/regularguy11B/ laid over
Re: New hunter trying to feed the family [Re: SeanB] #7810479 04/18/20 05:25 PM
Joined: Mar 2020
Posts: 9
J
jacinda Offline
Green Horn
Offline
Green Horn
J
Joined: Mar 2020
Posts: 9
welcome[Linked Image]

Last edited by jacinda; 04/18/20 05:26 PM.
Page 1 of 2 1 2
Previous Thread
Index
Next Thread

© 2004-2019 OUTDOOR SITES NETWORK all rights reserved USA and Worldwide
Powered by UBB.threads™ PHP Forum Software 7.7.3