I'm here to learn. I'm trying to wrap my head around hunting in Oregon. I want to get a 30/30 and go after some blacktailed deer, mainly to put low-cost quality meat on the table. I've never hunted before, never shot anything larger than a .22 before and I feel I have alot to learn before I'll be ready for next season. I was a butcher for a little while, and have cleaned alot of fish in my day as a cook. I feel confident that I could field dress, and break down an animal. do most hunters prepare their own meat? or do you send it away to be proccessed?
I'm getting a .22 and signing up for hunter saftey course.
some of my main concerns. I live in the city of portland with no car. I can rent cars from a service, but it's not really practical for over night trips. I may be able to recruit friends... but my main concern is if you hike 10 miles into a forrest, and actually score an animal. how do you get it out on foot? I've heard vaguly of using mtn bikes with special utility trailers. can anyone confirm that this is practiced?
I really just want to get out there you know? I've been in Portland for 5 years now, and have hardly taken advantage of all the scenic nature that is Oregon. anyhow, I'm hoping I can learn alot from this site, if there are any other good sites you could point me towards that'd be great, thanks!