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Location: denver
Joined: 08/06/2005
Posts: 3
new hunter needs some help

posted this in anything goes as well

here's the short story: new to hunting....in denver co...have done a little small game hunting.......needing someone to give me hand at big game...got the gear....pretty good outdoorsman....but trying to learn on my own the things my dad should have taught me at 16 ( 10yrs ago )and am finding you kinda need someone who knows the ropes any and I mean any help ( clubs hell books even ) would be appreciated....need to get this stuff down before my own boy is in the same predicament

thanx in advance

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Location: Mosul, Iraq
Joined: 08/09/2005
Posts: 13
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Hey Young,
Welcome to the great sport of Big Game hunting. Honest to God the best thing to do is pick up the big game hunting regulations at your local sports store. Then read through the WHOLE book, even when it talks about game you don't think you would hunt, read front to back.. cover to cover. You'll not only become profficient on the hunting rules for you state but you'll learn a lot in the process. I wish I lived in the area so that I could take you out a few times and show you the fundamentals, but here is an idea if you can't link up with someone. Find the are you want to hunt, BLM land or if you have some private land to hunt then check that out. During the off season get out into the area and start walking. Find the game you plan on hunting during season and just observe. Patience is the key, the first time my Dad took me out hunting it was opening day for mule deer in the Owyhee's of Idaho. We found the perfect buck and set up and as I was about to shoot he pulled the barrel down and stopped me. The lesson I was taught that day was patience. Sure I could have taken that nice forked horn, but instead I learned a valuable lesson. Just because you have a deer in your sights doesn't mean you should always pull the trigger.

Check out the local book store to read about tactics for hunting the game of your choice. But in the end the most important thing is going to be getting out there and putting what you learn to use.

P.S. Don't go over kill on the gear. My camo consists of blue jeans and a Carhart Jacket and decent boots. In the field during opener I carry my Remmington .270, a skinning knife, binos, and some water. Get too carried away and you'll find yourself burnt out before the work actually begins.. (after the game is on the ground.)

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Location: NONYA,thats in MONTANA
Joined: 07/21/2005
Posts: 242
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get urself into bow hunting,its doubles the amount of time you get to hunt every year and adds a aspect to hunting you dont get with a rifle,way more challenging,then if you dont have any success with the archery equipment you have the general season ahead of you.In many states you can hunt with archery equipment in trophy areas where tags are hard to get by buying an over-the-counter tag,it gets you into many areas that you may never draw a rifle tag in!!I do bolth every year and now i hunt big game from Aug 14 -dec depending on the late elk seasons. Thumbs up Thumbs up Thumbs up

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Location: Utah
Joined: 03/02/2005
Posts: 383
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Welcome to the Big Game Hunt Forum! We hope you enjoy many future visits to come.

There are plenty of members who live in Colorado who can fill in the specific details you're inquiring about.

Here's a list of members and their locations to search through: http://www.biggamehunt.net/forums/memberlist.php

Location: Utah
Joined: 02/24/2003
Posts: 596
new hunter needs some help

Welcome to the forums!

There is no subsitute for experience but the information posted here can be very good and certainly steer you in the right direction.

Are you starting from scrap? What tool are you going to use, bow, rifle , muzzleloader? What species are you most interested in?

Give us a few more specifics and we'll try to help you out.

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Location: denver
Joined: 08/06/2005
Posts: 3
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rather_be_huntin wrote:
Welcome to the forums!

There is no subsitute for experience but the information posted here can be very good and certainly steer you in the right direction.

Are you starting from scrap? What tool are you going to use, bow, rifle , muzzleloader? What species are you most interested in?

Give us a few more specifics and we'll try to help you out.

Thanx for the reply's guys, as far as species is concerned...well thats easy....everything! birds ( something totally foreign to me but im ok with my gauge and it looks like all the fun in the world ) , yotes (been trying that one a bit but really don't have the hang of it ) deer/elk interested in rifle ( cause thats what I have ) prairie dog's would be fun as well I think it's more about getting out and comraderie with me more than anything

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Location: Colorado
Joined: 03/10/2002
Posts: 1787
new hunter needs some help

I find the shooting range/club to be a good way to meet people with similar interests. Check out the ones in your area. I noticed you're in the Denver area, not sure what they have for ranges, but I'm guessing the outlying communities most likely have ranges.

If you become active as a club member and help with clean-up, fundraisers, etc., I bet you'll meet people that hunt and they'll be willing to give you pointers or even take you along on their hunts.

Good luck!

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