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Hello all. I'm 17 and I live in Arizona and I want to get into hunting. I was wondering if anyone knew of any hunting clubs in Az that I could join to help get me started, or any other ways i could get started hunting.

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Welcome to BGH PadrinoMarino!

We have some members from AZ, so hopefully they will drop in soon and help you out. What area do you live in?

To start with you might want to visit your local sporting goods store. I bet they have info to get you going.

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I live in Phoenix. Do you know of any sporting goods store in which they generally seem to know more about hunting than the others? There is a Big 5 near my house that sulls rifles and such, but it dosen't seem like they would have very much expertise.

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Welcome aboard Padrino Big smile Here is a link to your Wildlife Department. This should have all the info you need. If not give them a call Thumbs up Good Luck!!!!!!!

http://www.gf.state.az.us/

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Welcome aboard. I don't know about the Big 5 in Pheonix but, the one in Bend, Ore would be the last place to go. They deal mostly in tam sports. I'm sure you'll find someplace in Pheonix or the area.

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To find a sporting goods store that can help you out, I would say check several out. Often times the smaller ones will be more helpful and hopefully can help you with info about hunting/shooting clubs in your area. In fact I would guess that any store that sells firearms, most likely knows about the local shooting ranges.

I googled "phoenix sporting goods store":
http://www.google.com/search?hl=en&q=phoenix+sporting+goods+store&btnG=G...

You will have to filter through and eliminate the ones that focus on golf, fishing, etc. But I did see some that listed hunting. So that would be a place to start.

Also found a listing for a Caswell Shooting Range in Mesa AZ.
http://phoenix.citysearch.com/profile/1666966/mesa_az/caswell_shooting_r...

Phoenix has a Sportsman's Warehouse. Might want to check it out.

If you haven't taken a hunter ed class yet, may want to check out the link above that redrider posted and see where & when AZ offers classes.

Good Luck!

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Thanks for all the help. I'm going to sign up for Hunter Eaducation as soon as a spot opens up (all the classes in my area are full right now), but i still have a problem. I'm confused about how the lisense system works. I know i need an actual lisense, but whats up with the tags (some seem to be extremely expensive) and what is up with this lottery system i keep hearing about?

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I live in Nevada, so I am not current on Az regs, but their system is probably similar to ours and possibly run by the same company.

Pick up a booklet of current regulations for your state, read them, and decide what you want to hunt for and what you are going to hunt with. I don't know what guns you own or have access to, or if you want to try archery. Regs should be available at any sporting goods store.

Check with your Department of Wildlife. If it is like ours, they have a special class that will explain how the tag system works. If they don't have a class, come back here and I will explain how the tag system usually works, at least in Nevada and Utah. I think AZ is similar.

I can offer more advice if you give me some idea of what you plan to shoot, what your shooting experience is, and what you would like to hunt for. I work with a lot of beginners here in Nevada.

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Right now, I'm starting from zero. I have some shooting experience (I was a boyscout and got my rifleman merit badge), but only with .22s. I also have a BB/Pellet gun that I like to take camping so i can take pot shots at birds and chipmunks. I want to hunt everything. Deer, water foul, javelina, and maybe even Buffalo if I can ever afford the tag. Right now I'm trying to eaducate myself so that whenl I'm 18 i can purchace a rifle and a hunting lisense and start hunting up north durring the spring (I turn 18 at the end of December).

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Okay. Call the Hunter Ed. coordinator at your nearest Department of Wildlife and tell him you are a beginner hunter and find out what classes, beyond the Hunter Safety you are waiting for, they have available and when they are scheduled. Take everything. Ask him for recommendations on what resources are available to you. Hunter Recruitment is part of his job. Talk to the instructors afterwards when at all possible and ask questions. Tell them you want to learn to hunt.

I recommend going down and filling out a volunteer form with the Department and signing up for various projects. It's a great way to meet people who hunt who may be willing to take you out to shoot or hunt, and to make some friends at the Department who can be a good resource for you.

Check their websites for any hunter recruitment programs they have or special hunts put on for beginners.

Find out where all of your local gun ranges are, in particular outdoor rifle or shotgun ranges, and check them out. Some will be members only, some should be open to the public. Even members only ranges usually have shoots open to the public. Attend events and meet people. The best way to learn to hunt is to meet someone willing to take you out and teach you. There is a lot more involved than just pointing a gun and shooting. Don't be afraid to let people know you need help and information. Be appreciative of the people who take the time to give it to you, and they will continue to want to help.

Check out local hunting clubs/groups.

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Oh, when you turn 18, call your Department of Wildlife and ask to speak to some of the game wardens. I imagine they are a lot like ours here. Ours love to take people on ride alongs, which can be anything from a day spent patrolling the lake in a boat, or a horse back riding trip into back country, to taking a cruise in a Department vehicle. They get bored and appreciate the company and most are hunters and have great stories and information to share.

Call around to local butchers this fall and see who does a lot of wild game processing. Ask the butcher if he will let you watch him process a game animal so you can learn from an expert. We have several here who put on classes for us every year and give demonstrations.

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