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Location: Los Angeles, CA
Joined: 02/25/2006
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Suggestions for a first big game hunt in CA?

Hey guys, I just started an account here. I've been hunting for about 10 years now (just game birds and rabbit), but I've never tried to tackle big game yet, and I'm looking to start. Can anyone suggest an animal to go after for a first hunt? I was thinking of wild boar but if anyone can give their opinions I would appreciate it a lot.

Btw, I only have a 12 gauge over/under shotgun and a bow.

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Location: calif.
Joined: 04/12/2005
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Suggestions for a first big game hunt in CA?

your bow will be just fine for a hog .. deer and turkey will be good for the bow .. now you have to find a place to hunt Brick Wall,) Brick Wall,)

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Location: Arizona
Joined: 06/07/2002
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Suggestions for a first big game hunt in CA?

How about a Feinsteinious Nerdicus Maximus? Laugh

Sorry, couldn't help it. I'm not a hog hunter but I would think that shotgun and slugs would do the trick. Your bow of course should do the trick as well.

Welcome aboard too, by the way..... Thumbs up

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Location: north/central california
Joined: 12/19/2004
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Suggestions for a first big game hunt in CA?

I think hogs would be a good place to start. They are tough to find on public land, but it can be done. They are a little easier to stalk , once you find them, than deer IMHO. Your bow or will be just fine for hogs; I probably wouldn't take my over under out crawling around in the bush looking for hogs.

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Location: Los Angeles, CA
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Suggestions for a first big game hunt in CA?

My bow is a recurve though (not a compound). I don't know if that makes a difference or not.

There is a gun show in Glendale CA this saturday and sunday. If I can get a 30-30 lever action or an 8mm pretty cheap I probably will. I don't really trust my bow skills just yet.

Also I am hearing that hunting on CA public land is pretty tough, so I'm considering going to Arizona for peccary. The license and tags will be more expensive, but I might have better luck there.

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Location: north/central california
Joined: 12/19/2004
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Suggestions for a first big game hunt in CA?

Recurve or compound doesn't make a difference. It depends on draw weight, arrow weight, and broadhead choice. If you aren't confident in your archery skills then don't go archery hunting; a recurve takes more skill to hunt with than a compound due to no sights. The 30-30 can be a good choice now with Hornady's new ammo, it has taken those guns from 100yd guns to 250yd guns. Unless you have a real preference for the 8MM I wouldn't get it due to the fact ammo could be hard to come by.
I can't coment on whether or not Arizona has better success on public land, but which ever way you go I'm sure you will be having a good time.

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Joined: 01/29/2006
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Suggestions for a first big game hunt in CA?

Mixorz,
Check out this siteb http://www.bighorncanyonranch.com/ They are located east of Riverside, and can be a good starting point. A lot closer, and probably cheaper then Az in the long run.

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Location: Arizona
Joined: 06/07/2002
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Suggestions for a first big game hunt in CA?

There are plenty of opportunities for Javalina on public land here. That's all I ever hunt on, probably millions of acres.
Peccary "aka Javalina" are not a true Hog/Pig however. They just look like it. Laugh

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