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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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