As my title states, I'm a new hunter and am looking for a little jump start and maybe someone who wants a tag-a-long. I just recently purchased a hunting license and had my first hunting trip last Sunday, July 1st. A friend and I took a trip out to the Cleveland National Forrest, just west of Julian California, for our first hog trip. After some online research we ended up hiking around Eagles Peak Road in the CNF. I believe we saw some hoof tracks but that was it. After a few hours of hiking around, all I came home with were a few ticks. (I'm still itching just thinking about it) Hopefully it was just a bed or brush that i walked through that had them. My friend didn't have any at all. Anywho, I digress...
All-in-all, I had a great time exploring. Saw, what I think was, a barn owl and a few turkey. The turkey were on private property though.
My ultimate goal is to help with controlling the hog problem in San Diego County and bringing home a turkey for Thanksgiving this year. I do not have a shotgun yet for Turkeys but I am currently hunting the hogs with a 308 Savage Axis rifle.
I'm still researching locations and my friend and I will be doing a lot of recon missions trying to locate some game. I've found some maps on the BLM and CNF websites. I'm planning on ordering the official maps but thought I'd start here. Hopefully one day i can contribute fruitful information to a new hunter and share the wealth.
Any tips on general location, what to look for, time of day, must have tools, type of ammo and even a butcher. Oh and tick repellent! If you'd like company, my friend and I would love to tag-a-long. Even alone, I'd still share the meat if I'm lucky enough to put one down. For me, it's more for the adventure of getting out and exploring.
And any tips on a good beginner shotgun for Turkeys would be helpful too. I want to purchase one before November.
Thanks for reading.