I'm new to the site and new to hunting (animals). I have been paintballing for years and finally decided to turn my talent for shooting people into putting food on the table and furs on the couch. I just completed the hunter's basic education course (online) and will be doing the range certification very soon. After much research I purchased a Winchester model 70 extreme weather ss 30-06 rifle today. I'm super excited, and I'll admit, a bit anxious of the responsibility of the firearm I just purchased. I love how light the model 70 is, and it feels great in my hands. More than anything, I can't wait to get out there come hunting season.
My question to all those who have gone before me is: Beyond the hunter's basic education course, where can I learn more about hunting, and are there any opportunities out there to learn from experienced hunters? I'm sure it's nobody's idea of fun to have a newbie tag along, so I don't mind paying for the opportunity to learn if thats the way to go about it.