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Hello all

Just saying hello. I do not hunt yet, but am interested in getting started at some point this year in NY. I am from the city, so never really been around hunters/hunting therefore just trying to soak up all the info I can before even attempting to begin.
See ya' around,
Eddie

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Hello and welocme to BGH forum. This is the place for you to be, especially if you are new to the hunting world. One piece of advise I will offer to you as a newbie to hunting is to learn safety first and always practice it. Safety is the #1 priority above everything else. I'm talking safety when handling fireams, knives, arrow heads, weather conditions, terrain,and your own physical abilities. Also, use good judgement when choosing a hunting or shooting partner. Safety first! Find out where Hunter Safety Education is taught in your area and take the classes. It is a requirement in every state to buy tags and licenses. Even if you are grandfathered by law because of your age in your state, still take the course.

Next I'd find a gun club or shooting range that offers NRA certified instructors to learn proper firarms handling, safety and shooting technique. It may cost some money, but for those like you who do not know people experienced in hunting and shooting, paying for instruction is the best way to learn. Many private gun clubs offer these course to non-members at a slightly higher cost, but it is well worth it. I was raised on guns, shooting, reloading, and hunting, and was raised around people who hunted and shot recreationally. Despite that type of upbringing I still took many NRA certified course as a teen and young adult in the past. Most of the stuff I already knew and was already well experienced in, some of the stuff was new to me and well worth learning. No matter how experienced you may become, there is always more to learn.

Hang out here on this forum as often as you like. There is lot's of sound advise given by many of the members here. Even if you are just getting into hunting and don't know much about it, that's okay, you can still participate in discussions. I also encourage you to join the NRA if you will be a gun owner. Every gun owner should be an NRA member, especially in today's America. Good luck and welcome aboard Thumbs up

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Great post by WesternHunter. May also checkout the NWTF for a local chapter to find good info or hunting partner. Also look to the NY Dept of Wildlife, they may can point you in the right direction to get Hunter Ed and/or a mentoring program.

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Hello and welcome to the forum!!! First I should mention that I grew up in NYC myself and have been involved in hunting for the past 20 years.

First on your list should be that hunters safety course. It is offered all over the city at certain times of the year. Check the local DEC office for details. During the course you will not only learn safety, you will also learn about ethics and hunting in general. You might also want to check out the bowhunters safety course in case you get involved in that aspect of hunting.

You might also want to find a mentor or someone who could give you hunting advise and show you the ropes Big smile
A good book or two on hunting is also a good invesment. There you will find information on game animals, hunting equipment and hunting technuiques.

Welcome and if you have any more ??? just ask.... Thumbs up

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welcome and hunting rules! Thumbs up

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Thank you everyone for the warm welcome. PRhunter, or anyone else for that matter, any books that you would recommend?

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There are so many hunting books out there that I wouldn't know where to begin. Check out Barnes and Noble, Borders, Amazon or even Ebay. They should have several general hunting books. Good luck and happy hunting!!! Big smile

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Welcome to BGH!

The guy's are giving some good advice.

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STK1200 wrote:
Thank you everyone for the warm welcome. PRhunter, or anyone else for that matter, any books that you would recommend?

At Barnes & Noble or Boarders they have a section for Sports. This is where you will find such books. It's a good place to start if you are just getting into the sport. There is a series called "The Complete Guide To..." It offers general info on hunting. I've looked at it and from what I can see it looks like it would be a good guide for those new to hunting. But there are lots of good books out there. Those books are a great way to wet your feet prior to taking any formal classes, that way any questions you may have can be asked in class. I know how it is when first getting into certain things, often times when something is brand new to you, ya don't even know what to ask. I'd wet your feet with those books now and that should give you some basic knowledge before you begin your Hunter Safety course.

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Welcome to the forum.
Have you checked out the NY City Hunting Club? I never have, but I hear its a good place for city folk to learn hunting.

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Boy books I have a bunch right onthe tip of my tounge. Anything by Warren Page, Jack O'Conner and Ted Trueblood would be great. Some great books by Robert Rouke, Nash Buckingham and George Bird Evans also.