Post by fishingpaul on Jul 4, 2016 17:32:19 GMT -5
Even though I grew up in a very rural part of upstate NY, I never learned to hunt. All my friends and extended family all hunted but, I just never went or learned.
fast forward 25 years my son really wants to learn and I can't show him; how do you learn from scratch? Seems like a sport you really need to learn from your pop or grand pop but, that's to late for me.
We aren't too picky on what we want to hunt as long as we can eat it.
You should look into joining a local hunting and fishing club, that would be a start. They also usually hold the hunter safety courses which you would need to buy a license. Hopefully you could meet some members that could mentor you. Not sure where you are located, but West Caln has a club.
Local Rod + gun clubs are a start - as noted you will need the hunters safety course to get a license. Try and find a mentor to take you out and guide you along. Can be someone from the club, a co-worker or someone on a chat room LOL. Maybe you are a gifted talker who can talk landowners into allowing you(if more than you make sure the landowner knows who) on their property, maybe you could trade computer help, spring for lunch. Try to offer something to your mentor(not a deal breaker but it will be appreciated) a little something is great for landowners too(Christmas), Never go to your mentors spots without him !!!
Last READ, WATCH and STUDY. Late winter is a great time to go for a walk. You can see tracks in the snow and see where the animals are hanging out. This will change over the year depending on the critters needs but it's a start. Squirrels are a great start. Many of the woodlots that hold squirrels also have deer, turkey maybe even bear.
Above all else gun safety should be #1.
My mind works like lightning, one brilliant flash and it is gone.
I agreed, squirrels are the best thing to start with. I am a jr hunter, (15 yo), and I have already gotten my first deer, a turkey, and a few doves. Depending on how well you shoot, you could try for small game other than squirrel. If you don't have any firearms, cabelas has some, but gets very busy later in the day. As mentioned before, take the hunters safety course and get your basic license, and go for squirrels. I would love to hunt with you if only I was older.