this is going to sound funny, but even though i have been hunting since i was about 6, last year i went to the local book store and picked up Hunting for dummy's. I try to learn as much as i can. thus i love this website so much. not only is it packed with really cool people, but Knowledgeable people. i would agree with the above though. SAFETY SAFETY SAFETY.......i took my hunters safety course when i was 13 (as required by MD law). but here are a few things to remember:
- do i have enough clothing in case it gets a little nippy? (you can always shed clothing if it gets warm!)
-Am i going to hunt from a blind? tree stand? (did i bring my safety harness?) or Spot and Stalk?(i would recommend waiting for that one)
Do i have a back-up firearm if i run into a bear/mountain cat, etc?
-What firearm/Ammunition combo works best for my type of hunting?
-If i were to get lost, would i be able to survive for atleast 3 days.(depending on terrain,altitude,weather, etc.)
- do i have my hunting Lic. with me?
- does somebody know where i will be in case something happens?
* i usually tell a loved one, etc. that i will be home by a certain time, or will call them from my cell/house phone when i get home or get a tag.
These are just a few things you have to think about. im sure we could list stuff ALL day long, but just remember. Hunting alone isnt really a smart thing to do if you are going out for your first time. ALWAYS hunt with a buddy. you wont be sorry. good luck. and what are you shooting? i hope not a .223 for elk....thats just gonna piss him off...hahaha
Remington 710 .270
Smith And Wesson M&P40
Mossberg 835 Ulti-Mag 12 Ga
CVA optima Mag .50 cal. Muzzleloader
1968 Browning recurve