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Looking for a hunting teacher

I'm looking for someone that hunts regularly that would be willing to let me tag along simply to learn more about hunting.  The reason: I will be starting a new position with Fish and Game, but I have no hunting background and desperately need it to enhance my chances of excelling in my field. I do not have my own gun, but can help with anything else we need to do in the field.   Please help!

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Well, first of all, welcome

Well, first of all, welcome to the site.  It's a great idea to try and make yourself familiar with hunting and the outsdoors before you take on your new position (Congrats, BTW)

However, this is a national website, so there are lots and lots of things to be answered. First, and most importantly, where are you?  I have taken people out before, but I am in San Diego. That leaves about 3,000 miles to the east to cover. 

Also, you don't own a gun, but are you at least familiar with them? If not, then I would try to find a Hunter's Safety course that i offered near you, and go through that first.  Anyone that is going to take you out, will most likely want to make sure that you have that.  In fact, if you are actually going to be hunting too, and not just along for the walk, it is a requirement in all states.

The final thing I would suggest is talking to some of the people who you are going to be working with.  Many of the Fish and Game employees are hunters themselves.  They obviously like and respect nature, so that would be a good place to learn.  Of course, if they are one of the animal rights crowd, then please do not try and learn from them Wink

Post a few more things about yourself, like location, experiences you';ve had with the outdoors, etc., and I am sure you will get some answers.

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Welcome to BGh.

Welcome to BGh. Congratulations on the job you will be starting. It sounds like you have no desire to do the hunt yourself or actually carry a gun? Just womdering on that one but it seems a little odd for me. What exactly will your job require? I'm sure there are many different positions so I'm trying to see where learning about hunting without being the hunter would have the most benefit. How did you get into this field? I'm not trying to put down your request or desire to learn but only get a better idea of where your coming from.  And I agree that starting with a hunter safety would be the best way to get started your learning and understanding process even if you choose not to hunt yourself.

But I do think if you tried being the hunter instead of just a watcher you would get a far better understanding of the sport and what drives us. And you may end up getting hooked yourself and end up with a lifelong obsession like the rest of us.Thumbs up

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I am currently in Alexandria,

I am currently in Alexandria, VA near Mt. Vernon.  I have taken an online hunting safety course.  I'm am currently signed up for Archery classes at Fort Belvior.

I worked for a police department as an Animal Control Officer back in California, and did carry a shotgun and a 22 rifle.  I am also very familiar with the Glock 22 and 27, and Springfield .45 cal pistols.  I know how to shoot.  i just do not own my own gun.  I do not have a problem shooting anything, I just do not own a gun myself and have never had the chance to go hunting prior to applying for the new job.  With my duty weapons, I've shot deer, bear, etc, just never for hunting.  I've only killed them to put them out of their misery.  But I do not feel there is anything wrong with hunting, as long as it is legal.

I've always wanted to go hunting, I've just never had the opportunity with my hectic schedule back in California.  I really want to learn, and most likely will get hooked on it.  I don't have the need to actually be the shooter if I go out with someone for the first time.  I simply want to gain the knowledge of the experience, rules, regulations, pointers, how to track animals, follow blood trails, etc.

 

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Excellent, that's what we

Excellent, that's what we needed to hear!  Sounds like you already have some good experience, and are taking steps in the right direction!

Just curious, what part of California?  I am down in San Diego, and funny thing, but we have great friends that live in Alexandria. Too funny!

Hopefully you'll find someone out there to help.  You might want to try a local hunting forum if you can find one.  Virginia is a great hunting state, especially for whitetails. You should have no problem finding some help!

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Thanks!  Actually we were

Thanks!  Actually we were living in Los Angeles, but should actually be moving down to San Diego within the next two years.

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So, you went from LA, to

So, you went from LA, to Alexandria, and back out to San Diego?  Married to a service member, by chance?????

That's what my wife's friend in Alexandria is.  Started out in CA at Camp Pendleton, moved to Alexandria to work at the Pentagon, and hopes to be back out here in CA in a few years.

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pretty much 

pretty much 

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Welcome to BGH!

 Welcome to Big Game Hunt  - you are going to like it!.  There are new hunters and experienced folks here and everyone in between. If you start talking with anyone who hunts, the chances are good that they will be happy to share their experiences and if you get along they are likely to invite you along.  Hunters all share a love of hunting and the only thing that comes close to doing it yourself is sgharing it with someone else.  That is true in person or online at sites like BigGameHunt.net  The one thing in common here is willingness to help each other.  So this is a great place to ask questions and learn from all of us.  Please join in and share your successes and failures wth us and maybe we'll learn some things from each other and have some fun along the way - Mike  Thumbs up

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Thanks Mike!

Thanks Mike!

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Sometimes you can get lucky

Sometimes you can get lucky just hanging around in places like cabela's and such. My dad met a guy in Wal-mart here watching the same video in the sporting goods section and as luck would have it he has hunted elk in the same unit we frew ours in this year. This is a trophy unit that took 18 years to draw and he has turned out to be a good friend and a great help in pointing us in the right direction for some access points and has gone scouting with us as well.

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