Being that I have gotten back in to hunting after a twenty year lay off I find myself asking, or having, many of the same questions as new hunters.
The Hunter's Education classes are good, but one can often have questions arise long after they have taken thier class, if they ever did take a class. I myself have never taken a class and due to my age do not need one in the state I reside. I have found the local Game & Fish office to be a good source for clarifying the rules and regulations pertaining to hunting and fishing. Another good resource is the local shooting range.
Hunters tend to flood the shooting range just before hunting season and one can often get thier questions answered by thier fellow shooters and if two different answers are given for the same question then a quick call to Game and Fish will sort things out.
The lottery system can be confusing. It can also be a bit overwhelming to someone. I was lucky in that I was already familiar with it and just needed to learn the deadlines that applied to me. Folks that hunt and frequent the local range are often able to demystify the system and provide guidence. Who knows, you may luck out and find a hunting partner that way too.
My biggest information source has been the internet and the various forums. I found this year's deer hunting partner on a forum. Good luck as you learn a new style of hunting with, in all liklihood, new regualtions.
One of the things I struggle with when afield is keeping my rifle clean and in good working order. Small amounts of dust and dirt collect moisture; moisture can freeze rendering your action immovable when you need it most. I have seen this happen on multiple occasions, and over time, I’ve learned the cause and how to prevent this from happening.
The first thing that you need to avoid before going afield is leaving excess oil on the gun. Oil will trap dirt and sand in all the wrong places....