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Location: So Cal
Joined: 10/18/2008
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New to hunting and need help

I live in the Los Angeles area and saw a guy up in the east fork azusa area (angeles mountains) today hunting for bears with a bow and binoculars. I talked to him for a bit and now i want to hunt bears! So basically, I've never hunted for anything in my life and I have no idea where to start. I would prefer to use a rifle, since I dont want to piss off a bear and miss with a bow. I did do about 3 hours of reading tonite though but I still have a few unanswered questions.

1) What kind of gun/equipment should I use?
2) What method of baiting or calling is best for the Socal area?
3) If I do kill a bear, how do I get it to my truck, and how do I gut the thing?
4) Any idea on the approximate start up cost? (i dont have much money at the moment...)
5) Anything else I should know before making an investment?
6) Is there anyone in my local area that I can tag along with for a trip to get the hang of things?

Sorry if I sound like a noob, but I've always wanted to go hunting and nobody that I know hunts and I'm very anxious to start right away.

Thanks in advance!

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Location: OlyWa
Joined: 04/27/2005
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Re: New to hunting and need help
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I live in the Los Angeles area and saw a guy up in the east fork azusa area (angeles mountains) today hunting for bears with a bow and binoculars. I talked to him for a bit and now i want to hunt bears! So basically, I've never hunted for anything in my life and I have no idea where to start. I would prefer to use a rifle, since I dont want to piss off a bear and miss with a bow. I did do about 3 hours of reading tonite though but I still have a few unanswered questions.

1) What kind of gun/equipment should I use?
2) What method of baiting or calling is best for the Socal area?
3) If I do kill a bear, how do I get it to my truck, and how do I gut the thing?
4) Any idea on the approximate start up cost? (i dont have much money at the moment...)
5) Anything else I should know before making an investment?
6) Is there anyone in my local area that I can tag along with for a trip to get the hang of things?

Sorry if I sound like a noob, but I've always wanted to go hunting and nobody that I know hunts and I'm very anxious to start right away.

Thanks in advance!

I would suggest that you try to pursue question #6 first. You might try calling your local F&G, DNR or even local hunting guides.

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New to hunting and need help

The very first thing you should do is read the regulations for hunting in your state. Being new to hunting it would be very easy to do something illegal that prove more expensive than you bargained for. Your regulations will provide you with minimum weapon requirements allowed for bear hunting, That will give you a place to start asking questions.

Being new to hunting I would suggest you find a hunting partner, unless you are already an avid outdoorsman, hiker, orienteer and can get around in the remote areas where bears live. Even then hunting alone comes with risks and I dont mean from a bear. Many things can happen and being a newbie, you will probably not be prepared.

It sounds like you will be starting from scratch, but list the things you have already if any, example hiking boots, knife for skinning etc.

Then you can build a list of the minimum things your will need to add to what you have. If you need everything it will probably be cost prohibitive for this year.

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Location: So Cal
Joined: 10/18/2008
Posts: 2
New to hunting and need help

Well that makes sense then. I'll try and look around for some local hunters. In the meantime, any suggestions on a goog all-around rifle for hunting black bear, deer, and hog? Just need something to start with thats affordable and can do a good job for all around hunting. I was looking at a package from savage, 300 caliber or 30-06. Thanks for the help btw, I cant wait to start hunting!

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Location: Greeley, CO
Joined: 07/19/2008
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New to hunting and need help

Hunter's safety is a must anyway, and are great starter courses besides. They are not just hunting, but privide basics to the outdoor recreational lifestyles. Teaches you the basic regulations, ediquettes and fundementals, but also so much more! Look on line! I had a very good friend go through some on-line training last year and he is now a huntaholic! We did his in a less than a week really. A few nights online reading through the workbooks and taking the quizes. Then he scheduled the classroom time and spent Saturday taking the written tests, and Sunday morn shooting at the range!!! Of course it teaches the most important aspect of all ......SAFETY. Not only personal safe gun handling, but great basic firearm safety.

I must say you have a pretty interesting choice of prey for your first, I think I would have chose an easier prey if I had been making the choice for you. The rifles you are looking at are great all-around calibers so you are on the right path there. There is an old saying, "you can never have too much gun", so maybe the 300 Mr. Cool! Can be easily used on some bigger game too, and some of the rounds have great trajectory. (and not that the .06 can't!)

Sites like this one, books, magazines, videos, etc... are also great tools for beginners and those with limitted resources to tap into! The net is amazing, and after fighting the progress for so many years, I gave in and cannot get myself to stop searching it constantly for more input! I have learned so much right here on line.

Good luck and stick with it! Safety fist! Thumbs up

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Location: Teton Valley, ID
Joined: 08/01/2008
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New to hunting and need help

Maybe get yourself a.22LR , learn how to shoot and work on marksmanship for a while. Then bump up to a manageable centerfire (.30-06, .308, 7mm-08 etc..) and build up your skills with that.

Take a hunter's safety course. Maybe get started with something small, like say squirrel, rabbit, etc....

Get a shotgun, shoot some skeet or trap. Learn natural point of aim. Do some bird hunting. It's a lot of fun!

Bear hunting, big game in general, is a pretty big endeavor. Finding,killing, dressing and getting the animal out of the mountains is hard work. I've been hunting nearly all my life (41) and have only just started to pursue bear hunting on my own this season.

You don't learn how to drive a car and then race the Daytona 500?

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