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I want to start hunting

Hello everyone!

I've been wanting to get into hunting for a few years now. I've been on a rifle squad and am a generally good target shooter, but hunting animials is completely new to me. 

My question is this: I do not and cannot own a gun based on my living situation. I also don't think I'll be able to afford a $500 rifle in the future, regardless. (Which seems to be the price for the better hunting rifles at Cabela's.) Is there any way to become involved in hunting, otherwise, or should I just wait five or so years up the road to pursue this as a hobby? Are there community clubs or trips out there, for people like me?

I'm mostly interested in deer hunting. (I figure if I'm going to pay for a liscene, I might as well get some meat out of it; that would actually break even, IMO.)

Thanks in advance,

Kate

http://katiemcginnis.wordpress.com

 

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First off, welcome to the

First off, welcome to the site!  There are lots of people are here willing to help out whenever they can.  Helping out newbies, whether they are entirely new to hunting, new to a specific type of hunting, or new to an area, is definitely one of the most common discussions on this forum.

Now, on to your post:

I assume that you believe that you cannot own a rifle due to your living situation because you live in an apartment that does not allow firearms?  If that is what is preventing you from getting into hunting, I think there are a few ways around that without breaking your lease or finding a new place to live.  One possibility might be by renting some sort of storage locker nearby, where you could keep your firearms locked safely away for your use.  Another idea, and probably a better idea just generally for trying to get into hunting, would be to try to find a friend/mentor that is an experienced hunter.  Then, you could learn about the sport much more quickly and with less upfront expense.  You could likely try using their firearms at first, until you find out specifically what you would like for your first hunting firearm.  Then, when you decide to purchase a gun, they might be willing to keep your gun at their house, but you would, of course, have free access to it, again without breaking your current lease.

The $500 expense from Cabela's is more than I think you would need to spend for your first rifle.  You could definitely get a brand new rifle, more than capable of getting the job done, for around $300.  Depending on the environment you would be hunting, you may not even require a scope. Many people will tell you to buy as expensive of optics as you can afford.  I would tell you that two out of my three rifles have scopes on them that cost less than $75 each.  Both of those scopes have proven themselves multiple times, so it is my opinion that you don't have to break the bank to get the job done.  If you shop around, you could probably find a quality used rifle with a scope already mounted under $500.  

I don't think you should wait to get involved in hunting.  There is so much to learn that the longer you wait to get started, the more learning opportunities you will miss out on.  I have never met a hunter that felt like they do not learn something new nearly every time they go out.  If you ever meet a hunter that thinks they know everything there is to know about the sport, either they are lying, ignorant, or both.  

I am not aware of community clubs or trips that would help get someone like you started in hunting.  You just need to get out there and try to find people who are in to hunting.  Local shooting ranges and sporting goods stores are good places to find these kind of people to try to start a conversation.  Since your post is tagged with Midwest, I would assume you are in that region.  However, you might look for organizations like the Mule Deer Foundation, Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation, Colorado Bowhunters Association, etc (the local versions more relevant to what you are looking for obviously).

Besides simply trying to get a rifle, you need to start learning about the rules and regulations for your state, with most states requiring some form of hunter education.  In fact, a state-required hunter education class would be another opportunity to start meeting fellow hunters.  While I cannot advocate enough for the advantages of finding someone to help you get started in the sport, I also do not want to discourage you from trying to learn it on your own.  Many hunters, including several on this site, are self-taught, so it definitely can be done.

There is so much more that I could bring up right now, but I think I have rambled long enough.  Hopefully my post was coherent and adequately grammatically correct that you get something useful out of reading it.  Again, welcome and good luck!

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