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Relocating to Los Angeles, how is hunting there

My work is relocating me to Los Angeles. How is deer hunting there? What strategies are used? How shall I best transition from MidWest hunting to whatever you guys have (beside beside gangs and illegals ;) ).  I am eager to hunt any big game (and smaller one if there's no big ones) - pigs, deer.

I have a 12GA shotgun (essential tool to hunt around Milwaukee, they don't allow rifles). Do I keep it or sell it?

I have a 13ft portable ladder stand (it's portable, so I can take it in or out for a day, and it's not too high). Do I keep it or sell it? Will it work in CA mountains?

I have a Yugo SKS... Well, that's a no-brainer. I will never castrate a good firearm for politicians sake. I'd rather sell it in my home state.

Please help me, my heart is crying for 2nd day in a row. There's no "next season" for me here in the places I learned how to hunt.

Help!

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First of all, welcome to the

First of all, welcome to the site.  Depending on where you are from in the midwest, I have some good news and some bad news.

There are deer here.  However, some poeple get them every year, and some get them every decade (Like me).  It's all about how much time you can put in scouting and preparing for the hunt.  There is alot of land out here to hunt, but there are also lots of hunters out there trying for their deer.

I would start by getting a big game booklet from fish and game.  It will show you the process for getting a license, and applying for a tag.  Most deer, and all elk, sheep, and antelope are lottery draws.  Some of the southern zones for deer can be bought over the counter after the drawing.  The draw deadline is June 2nd every year.

If you want to stay local, you can try the Angeles National Forest or the Cleveland National Forest.  Both have hundreds of thousands of acres.  Again, the DFG booklet will tell you what tags you nedd to hunt specific areas.

Another bit of good news is that we have pretty long seasons out here.  Some places start as early as July for archery.  Locally, dove get's kicked off Sept. 1st, then the opening Saturday in Sept is the start of archery season.  It goes, with a little break, all the way through Dec. 31st.  Another big thing you may want to do is go after pigs.  If you live near LA, you are only an hour or two from prime pig hunting land.  Alot is done on private land, but there are some on public.  Tags are around $25 or so, but they are unlimited and you can hunt year round.

Finally, as for weapons, getting a nice, flat shooting rifle is the way to go out here.  I too started hunting back east, and I had a 30-30 which was more than enough.  However, you will have 300-400 yard shots out here.  Therefore, I got a nice Remington 700 BDL in 30-06 that is pretty much a universal gun.  That or a .270 are your best bet.

Sorry, that's alot of info, but it just scratches the surface.  Feel free to send me a message and I can fill you in more and assist you if you want.

Sean

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thanks for the answer

Can you tell me in a few words what hunting strategies are used for deer and pigs around here? Would I need my ladder tree stand, or give the distances, the fact that there're many hunters, mountain terrain and such it would be not useful for me or not my best bet (in such case I can still return it to the store!).

Same if you think I would need a shotgun, or as it is not a very effective long range hunting tool, I should be better selling it before the move?

How do you go in the wilderness? Dirt bikes, ATV, horses? How do you drag your game back if successful? Here in WI, 90% of hunters don't walk more than a quarter of the mile, so I know if I walk out for about a mile, I beat all the competition. How is it in CA?

I know some states have hunting/hunters clubs. Is there anything like there? I would really love to join some community, not like "show me where's your best hunting spot", but rather to learn the way you guys do it there and share experiences.

Thanks again,
Alex.

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