Originally Posted by vikingjohn76
I'm 29 years old and this fall will be the first time that I have ever been hunting in my life. I'm really interested in Whitetail, but I'm not really sure where to start. I'm not a novice when it comes to dealing with firearms and being in the woods (10 years of Military experience), but I'm not sure how to go about the whole thing. I know that I have to buy a license and receive permission if I want to hunt on someone's property. I'm just not really sure what to do after that. My biggest concerns are; how do I scout for deer, stand placement, what type of equipment do I need and how do I choice which animal to kill (assuming that I see one)? I also don't want to break any unspoken rules or generally tick off anyone who has been hunting for a while. Any help would be greatly appreciated.
P.S. I will be using a DPMS 308 as my rifle.
Wow, this is almost identical to my situation, though I'm 39. The good news for guys like us is that the hunting community is online and there's no shortage of experts willing to make others better hunters.
My approach has been to tap into the local hunting community. I found hunters at the local American Legion and VFW. I lucked into a father/son hunting party that have an area scouted. Heavy woods, light traffic. they've been walking me through the process.
Some tips not already out there that made sense to me: Invest in well-insulated boots. In fact, you may invest more in your clothing and gear than your rifle and scope, or at least I seem to be. In Penna., my slug gun season doesn't start until there's a nip in the air, so I've got to plan for layers and possibly long stays in a tree stand without moving around.