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Well I guess I'm not technically a hunter yet... but I want to be! Ive always loved the outdoors and have been building fires, fishing etc since a little kid. Im going to be turning 18 in september; I figure this would be a perfect time to get a 300-400$ shotgun with an interchangable rifled barrel for slugs. Would you guys recommend a set up like this? I heard rifles arent allowed in a lot of places. My grandpa told me he would take me hunting when I was older, hes not that old only 65 now but still hes getting old and cant really take the long days out in the cold. Hunting is something I want to do and would have no problem doing it on my own. Ive read a lot of information on field dressing, skinning and preserving the meat and Im sure I could do this on my own.

But here are some questions I have:

After I turn 18 and get the gun, where can I get the hunting license or find a training course if required?

What tools should I bring with me? From what I can tell, a small skinning knife, a hacksaw, small hand axe, canvas, nylon cord.

What type of clothing should I wear? International orange vest and hat. And I have some BDU clothes from relatives that I could wear under that.

How do I locate areas where Im allowed to hunt? Do these places have a lot to pull in, do they have an area that they could skin and wrap the meat for you if wanted? (For my first kill, I want to do the field dressing, skinning and butchering myself... for the experience).

Any extra info would be a great help thanks!

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Probably the best information I can give you, is ask you grandpa. He has a big advantage over the forum members. He knows you ! Tip:: Not a good idea to mention the words "old" and "65" in the same sentence around here. Laugh Laugh Laugh

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Location: Pennsylvania
Joined: 10/28/2003
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Where are you from?

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Joined: 04/29/2006
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Hey, sorry if I offended anyone with the old thing.

I currently live in NYC, which I hate since I've never been a city person or enjoyed city life. Open country is more my thing.

But untill I can get out of here and move to a rural area, I'll have to make due. I think there is still hunting allowed in parts of long island but that may be only for bow hunters. If so I'd have no problem driving to upstate new york for a few days of hunting.

The thing here is, if I do take a deer, I cant exactly drive the gutted carcass back into the city and skin it on my front lawn (I live in an apartment Cry ). I would have to field dress it, bring it back to my car, skin it there, butcher it and then put the meat into a cooler untill I get home. Is this even legal and would other hunters look down on me for it? I've got respect for the sport and the animals I dont wanna offend anyone doing something like this.

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Location: S.E. Wisconsin
Joined: 01/14/2006
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What you really need to do is hook up with another hunter to help you learn. It takes years to become good at it. You will also need a hunter Safty coarse, check your game and fish departments website for that. You might even meet a hunter there willing to take you out. Or maybe join a hunting club?

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Location: Pennsylvania
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I don't think anyone (hunters at least) would be offended if you skined and quartered the animal in the field (unless you have to bring the carcass to a check station. Then bring the 4 quarter into your kitchen and finish cutting them up for the freezer
Did you take the hunter safety coarse yet?

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Location: St. Louis County
Joined: 01/10/2006
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Before you talk about quartering and check stations, might I suggest you start with small game first....squirrels, rabbits, doves, etc.

I'm sure there's plenty of opportunity to test your skill there on Long Island. I know there is some good goose hunting on LI, too. Ask the rangers at the public hunting grounds about good places to hunt and any other information you need. I'm sure they'd be happy to help out, after all, it's their job.

Good luck and please don't hesitate to ask for any other advice on this forum, I've found it helpful and have also (hopefully) helped others, as well.

Good Luck!

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Location: upstate New York
Joined: 06/21/2006
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Hi I agree , starting with small game is the best way to go. Joining a local hunting or shooting club will be very helpful also. If you do a search on line I'm sure you can find one in your area. Please don't feel you have to rush into this because you are 18 years old . If you start slow and learn the basics now you will have many many years of hunting pleasure.
There are a lot of books and tapes out that can help also. My all time favorite is " Whitetail Fundamentals and Fine Points" by George Mattis. it is a little dated but will be very helpfil. You can pick up a copy on line or in a used book store for around $5.00. Good luck

"Some people hunt all there lives only to find out it is not the game there after. "

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