I am a completely brand new hunter. I live in skagit County washington and I would just like to know any tips on getting started hunting. I was wondering if anyone could possibly give me some pointers. Any help is very much appreciated.
Good for you. Here's some pointers to help you along. I've hunted since I was six and love it. I'm teaching my young boys to hunt right now.
1. Find a buddy to mentor you. There's a lot to figure out and a mentor can show you the ropes. Like where to go, how to do it, seasons, licenses, etc.
2. Take a hunter's safety course. If you're a youngster, its probably mandatory. I thought the class was lots of fun, and I'd wager you might find some hunters who'd be glad to take you out if you have trouble with the above.
3. I'd also start hunting for squirrels or rabbits with a shotgun to get your first few kills under your belt. Rabbits and squirrels are great to eat and fairly simple to clean. This gives you lots of action and as you grow older in the sport you can become more of a connesiur. Of course start with Big Game if you want, just realize it takes a while to become a good hunter and a bunch of us started small.
4. It doesn't take as much gear as some of the hunting shows portray. This is another area where a mentor can help you.
5. Read the forums. Lots of really good information, but take a lot with a grain of salt.
Its in our nature to hunt. Its what we are supposed to do. Welcome to the family.
I've spent countless hours either on my hands and knees or bent over, messing up my back, looking for blood. One such instance I remember most was a hog hunt a few years ago in Mississippi. I had never shot a hog so when I poked a hole in this guy; I was determined to find him. Wearing snake leggings, I crawled on my hands and knees through the briars and the brambles and bushes where a rabbit wouldn't go. I found a spot of blood here and there but never the pig. And lucky for me, I didn't find...