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Location: Mullica Hill,NJ
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Hey Guys - I am from Connecticut and I am looking for a hunting buddy in that region or Ny/NJ. I have been in the USA for the past 7 years now and am in the process of taking my Hunters Firearms Course and buying my first firearm. Any help or advice would be much appreciated.
How are ethnic hunters or hunters with a diverse background looked upon in the New England region? Any issues or problems? Are they looked down upon? The reason why I ask this is that I have been told very openly by many people that if I don't belong to the mainstream of people I can't be a hunter. I fail to believe it because that goes against all I believe in and this beautiful country of ours stands for.
So anybody interested in becoming my buddy? I can keep quiet, sit still and also a keen observer and a fast learner.
Thanks again and see you all in the field.
Hamid

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Location: Pennsylvania
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Hello Hamid,
Welcome to Big Game Hunt. To answer part of your question. I think that as long as you are respectful of the fish and game laws (not hunting out of season, don't trespass or go over the daily limit, ect) and don't make the rest of us hunters look bad by making poor decisions that you would be welcome in alot of hunting circles. There will always be exceptions and people that only want to hunt with (or be with for that matter) people that are just like they are but if I were you I wouldn't pay attention to those people because it is thier loss anyway.
Maybe you could talk a good friend into going through the hunter ed coarse and go hunting with you. In my hunting camp there are people from Argentina, 2 guys from Turkey and 3 from New Jersey, hows that for diversity Big smile

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Location: Mullica Hill,NJ
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That is awesome. I wish I could find a group like that here in CT. I am going to look for people who I can make friends with at the class, as well as in the field. Thanks for those encouraging words.
BTW can you give me some advice around what should my first rifle be? I mean caliber wise, because I have never shot a rifle and in CT you cannot hunt deer with anything less than a .243
Any suggestions?

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Location: Pennsylvania
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I like the .308 for hunting in the eastern US but most calibers will do just fine. Put the bullet in the right place and the deer will not go very far at all.
Stick around here and you can learn a lot.

Location: Pittsburgh, PA
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Just wanted to say welcome to BigGameHunt Hamid, lots of good people on here and a wealth of knowledge! Thumbs up

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HOwdy Hamid and Welcome to BGH.... First and formost you will find ignorant predjudiced people everywhere in the world.. The Key is to remember (and tell yourself) that they are poor pitiful ignorant creatures and ignore thier stupidity. A hunter is a hunter no matter where they are from and if they are TRUE hunters they would welcome a brother in the woods. Now for your Caliber question. Since you are new to not only hunting but also to the shooting sports, I would personally recommend a rifle with limited range but with some good knockdown. That would be the old trusty classic 30/30. I am of course assuming you are going after deer. The reason behind this is that since you have limited knowledge of shooting that in case you miss the bullet wont travel too far. The marlin 30/30 lever gun is a fine and proven true weapon and absolutely wonderful out to ranges up to 150 yards. Could also be used on Elk as well and most other big game in North America, and its not too expencive to buy nor is the ammo for PRACTICE. Good luck

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Location: Mullica Hill,NJ
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hunter777 wrote:
I like the .308 for hunting in the eastern US but most calibers will do just fine. Put the bullet in the right place and the deer will not go very far at all.
Stick around here and you can learn a lot.

Thanks hunter777. That definetly is good advice. I have been studying shot placement very carefully and will probably get a lot of range practise done before heading to the woods.
BTW I was watching a show on MENS netowrk last night and the guy was too slow to shoot the deer resulting in the deer being gut shot. Now even a novice like me could tell that that was not a good shot. But the guy on the camera kept saying "Great Shot" and I was kinda pissed. At least on TV they should not show poor shots like that one.

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Location: Mullica Hill,NJ
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cam69conv wrote:
HOwdy Hamid and Welcome to BGH.... First and formost you will find ignorant predjudiced people everywhere in the world.. The Key is to remember (and tell yourself) that they are poor pitiful ignorant creatures and ignore thier stupidity. A hunter is a hunter no matter where they are from and if they are TRUE hunters they would welcome a brother in the woods. Now for your Caliber question. Since you are new to not only hunting but also to the shooting sports, I would personally recommend a rifle with limited range but with some good knockdown. That would be the old trusty classic 30/30. I am of course assuming you are going after deer. The reason behind this is that since you have limited knowledge of shooting that in case you miss the bullet wont travel too far. The marlin 30/30 lever gun is a fine and proven true weapon and absolutely wonderful out to ranges up to 150 yards. Could also be used on Elk as well and most other big game in North America, and its not too expencive to buy nor is the ammo for PRACTICE. Good luck

Thanks cam69conv. I have heard a lot about the 30/30 and it is one of the top ranked and loved deer hunting caliber. I like the fact that it is not that expensive. At this point I am looking for something that is not a budget breaker, and also something that I can learn from a lot. I will definetly keep the 30/30 in mind at the gun store

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Location: Mullica Hill,NJ
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StruttinAnRuttin wrote:
Just wanted to say welcome to BigGameHunt Hamid, lots of good people on here and a wealth of knowledge! Thumbs up

Thanks StruttinAnRuttin! Looking forward to having a good time and learning a lot!

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As far as being a newbie to the hunting/outdoor world, don't worry and you'll defiantly find a hunting buddy sooner or later. As far as being ethnic, not to worry. Most of my life I hunted in NY with a group of about 15 ethnic guys until I bought some property in PA. As long as you stick to what hunter777 said you'll be fine. Another word of advice....."DO NOT TRESPASS" ever. You can really piss off a hunter if he has been on a stand all day and you walk by disturbing the woods that he's trying to hunt. As a land owner I know that I put a lot of time in hanging my tree stands on the right trails, and I put even more time in hunting them. Unless you are lost do not trespass on private property. Hunters don't take that very well.

Now about the rifle....30/30 and .308 are both great rifles, my uncle uses a 30/30 my father uses a .308, I use a 30.06 and find this gun to be the best all around gun. If you are going to stick to whitetail only, then .308 is the perfect rifle. It's smaller, and lighter then a 30.06 and it will down a deer no problem. If you think in the long run you'll be hunting some bigger game then you should think about the 30.06.

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Welcome to BGH:
First advice is : Never take anything personal, on this forum or in the field. I get called worse everynight by someone I care for deeply. ( I refuse to use the L word) Big smile
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