Ok, it's time for step one:
Step 1: Safety
Saw a cow mistaken for a deer, strapped to the hood of a car.
Once, talking with some new hunters on public land they had told me they didn't see any deer that day but got a couple of good "sound shots" off. (Meaning they just shot into the brush when they heard something moving)... Insane.
You must possess common sense when carrying a tool that can do serious harm to yourself or others.
I'm not going to cover the basics of how the gun works.
--You can click here to learn more specific details on the actual hardware
I'm going to go over the mindset of handling a firearm safely. Safety minded hunters follow some simple common-sense guidelines that ensure safety for all:
- Know your gun and have someone with experience show you how it works.
- Always assume the gun is loaded, even when you know its not.
- Never aim the muzzle at anything you don't intend to kill, anything.
- Safety mechanism stays on until your muzzle is on what you intend to kill.
- Always open the action/magazine and check the chamber before and after a gun is handled.
- Finger never touches the trigger until gun is up pointed at what you intend to kill. Just rest it on the stock or behind trigger guard while hunting.
- If the gun doesn't fire when you pull the trigger, keep aiming at the target and pull the trigger again, wait for a minute (literally 60 seconds) and while pointing at the target eject the shell/round from the chamber/action carefully.
- Store the firearm in safe locked place, unloaded.
It's important to take a hunter's safety course before hunting. Getting into an actual classroom and taking a legal course will give you the information you need to be safe while in the field, something everyone wants.
Step 2: Practice
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Step 3:Planning your first outing
- Identify what you are hunting.
- Buy the legal hunting license or permit/tags you need.
- Decide on where to hunt.
Step 4: The Big Day
Be ready. Shooting a gun at a non-living target is easy. There is a reason that "buck fever" has a nickname. When or if you see your harvest you will notice a strange feeling when the muzzle lines up on the heart region of your deer. Battle through the intense feelings of butterflies/excitement you feel wallowing in your guts and either pull the trigger or lower your gun. Take the shot when your ready to take the shot.
This was a pretty general article but summarizes the activity from start to finish for the beginner, remember it's just part 1.
I'll go into more specifics for the complete beginner soon. Be safe and enjoy your new way of life.