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new to everything...

I have just been introduced to hunting by my grandpa and more recently one of my best friends. They have both talked me into it and now i'm ready to go. I need to get my hunters safety done but I am wondering if there is anywhere specific to do it? I am located in denver colorado. and along with that, where are some good places to hunt fox squirrels and perhaps prairie dog?

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Welcome to the site, and more

Welcome to the site, and more importantly, welcome to the world of hunting!

Now, get ready to be addicted and spend lots of money... lol

You sound like you have the right attitude, and are starting int he right place.  Get that hunters safety certificate out of the way as soon as possible.  You should be able to log onto the Colorado fish and game site, and find a list of where and when they offer the training.  I think it works that way in most states.

Then, you are right for going after the squirrels and prairie dogs first.  That will introduce you to hunting with not alot of cost and expectations.  Alot of us on here cut our teeth on small game like that.

As for specific areas to hunt, I am not from there, so I cannot say.  However, I know alot of ranchers like having guys shoot prairie dogs, cause they can dig holes that the cattle step in an can get hurt.  Maybe knock on some doors and ask around.  I think Hawkeye and a few other guys are from Colorado, so maybe they can reach out and help you.

Good luck!!!

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They offer both online and

They offer both online and actual class formats for the hunters safety. The online was has two hours of class to handle guns. Which do you suggest? If I do it online it will save about ten hours of class time but do you think that going to a class would be more beneficial?

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Well, the big question there

Well, the big question there is how much have you handled guns in the past?

If you are familiar with guns, have shot them alot, just have never taken a safety class, you may be okay with the online class.

However, if you are relatively unfamiliar with them, and have little experience, then there is no substitue for hands on experience.  Especially when safety is the key thing.

Unless you are really, really pressed for time, then I would recommend the actual hands on class.  Just to be safe.

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Good post!  Definitely go

Good post!  Definitely go with the live, hands-on classroom!!!  You may also meet some people there that will invite you to hunt with them!

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A Good Local Forum

If you could find a good local forum, it might be very helpful in pointing you to some general areas that have populations of the animals you are thinking of hunting.

The people on there might not want to share any 'honey holes' with you, but they might get you into the right county or state game area, or whatever kinds of hunting areas you have there.

You might also check online with your state game people, DNR or whatever it's called there.

Sometimes they have articles that will get you going in the right direction.

Gun shops, sporting goods stores (not big box) gun clubs and the like will also be good resources.

In fact, if you have a local gun club nearby, that might be your very best bet for all kinds of information including types of guns to get and use and where to find game.

Good Luck!

You have a whole new world of outdoor adventure awaiting you!