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Brickbat Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Sep-28-10 10:25 AM
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Looking for some advice on getting into deer hunting when you don't have a hunting background.
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Mr. Brickbat and I do not come from hunting families. I fish, but have never hunted. We live in a hunting area and my son and I have worked on bow skills with the idea of hunting deer on our property. He has also started taking a firearms/hunting safety/ethics course through the DNR, and I think he's going to be interested in firearms hunting as well.

So, how does one "get into" it? Do you target shoot with your hunting rifle, until you're comfortable shooting it? We have an air rifle and plink with it, but how does that compare with a hunting rifle? Do you just buy one and start shooting? How do you know when you're ready for the field? How do you learn to field dress a deer?

As I'm typing this out, I'm thinking maybe I should take one of those "women hunter" courses that are sometimes offered. But I'll also ask what you all think. Thanks!
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  -Looking for some advice on getting into deer hunting when you don't have a hunting background. Brickbat  Sep-28-10 10:25 AM   #0 
  - Well, there are multiple issues there..  X_Digger   Sep-28-10 10:57 PM   #1 
  - Thanks for the tips!  Brickbat   Sep-29-10 07:04 AM   #2 
     - If you have your own land  safeinOhio   Sep-29-10 08:03 AM   #3 
        - Ah yes...the field dressing...  Brickbat   Sep-29-10 08:37 AM   #4 
           - Is MN a shotgun only state? Helps to know before buying a weapon. n/t  oneshooter   Sep-29-10 08:43 AM   #5 
              - No, it is not.  Brickbat   Sep-29-10 08:53 AM   #6 
                 - Standard fair  safeinOhio   Sep-29-10 09:47 AM   #7 
                    - Until they get spooky, we could easily be taking shots at 20.  Brickbat   Sep-29-10 10:06 AM   #8 
                       - Being fringe animals  safeinOhio   Sep-29-10 10:20 AM   #9 
                          - "Different hunters, different opinions."  Brickbat   Sep-29-10 10:29 AM   #10 
                             - Even better when you butcher it yourself.  safeinOhio   Sep-29-10 03:18 PM   #11 
                             - Thanks again for your suggestions.  Brickbat   Oct-05-10 10:43 AM   #12 
                             - Sometimes I can get to sleep thinking about the hunt...  SteveM   Oct-06-10 05:34 PM   #14 
                                - So we're pondering freezers, guns, and locations...  Brickbat   Oct-14-10 10:56 AM   #17 
                                   - Go out into the woods anyway...  SteveM   Oct-14-10 04:15 PM   #19 
                                      - That's the kind of stuff I'm looking forward to...  Brickbat   Oct-14-10 05:32 PM   #20 
  - Talk up deer hunting enough, and someone will say "come on down...."  SteveM   Oct-06-10 05:21 PM   #13 
  - Thanks so much for the info!  Brickbat   Oct-14-10 10:51 AM   #16 
  - If you find a "women hunter" course, I'd advise taking it - you will really benefit, and  old mark   Oct-13-10 01:44 PM   #15 
     - Thanks for the info.  Brickbat   Oct-14-10 10:56 AM   #18 
 

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