I am a first time hunter currently living in Virginia. I've recently taken a great interest in hunting and will be purchasing my tags for deer, bear, and turkey this week. I've registered for the State's First-time Hunter class as well. The state's wildlife department has a pretty good website that makes the laws easily available and easy to understand. I really appreciate that. They even have a map that shows where to hunt for a given type of game.
What I am hoping is to get at least 1 deer. The state issues 6 per year but I am not going to fill those just to fill them. Plus I am considering trial and error. I may use up a good portion of the hunting season trying to learn how to do it! Still I am confident that I'll be able to get at least 1 deer. I also want to get a bear. Once again, I am sure that I'll spend a good portion of the season on trial and error. I do have some experienced hunters at my new church that will probably be willing to spend a weekend out with me showing me some good techniques, so that's a plus.
I am starting this thread to open discussion for those of you who are knowlegeable about deer, bear, and turkey hunting in Virginia to share with me some of your insight. What can you recommend? Locations? Equipment? I greatly appreciate any and all thoughts on this subject.