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Old 06-04-2014, 8:39 PM
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Default New Gun Owner have questions about hunting in Socal area

Hey fellow Calgunners,

I am a fairly new gun owner with about 4 guns now and acquired my first one almost 2 years ago but i am wanting to get into hunting now. I've never done it before and have no clue where to start.

I know the basics of what's required (Hunting course, permit, etc.)

but I have no idea where to go or how to start.

I was planning to take my hunting course at Bass Pro Shops when I get a chance because someone gave me some information saying that they will give you a gift card for the price of the course at Bass Pro Shops so it's basically free. however I still had a couple of questions.

1. Where is the best place to go to in order to hunt small game for a beginner? (Rabbits, Pheasants, Coyotes etc.)

2. Where is the best place to go to in order to hunt big game ex. Deer, Bear.

3. Is there a hunting organization / group or class that creates events for beginners to go together and hunt?

If anybody can give me some good advice it would be greatly appreciated.

Thank you!

For those of you who are curious I live in the Los Angeles area of Socal.
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Old 06-04-2014, 9:06 PM
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They have a hunting and fishing section. You might get better info there.
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Old 06-05-2014, 9:54 AM
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Don't ever expect hunters to disclose their locations. Learn that quick to avoid frustration. I'll share some advice that I learned before, and that is that hunting is a big commitment and expect to do a lot of legwork on your own before anyone will help (that is unless you're lucky enough to have close friends or family who already hunt). Read the regulations thoroughly for what you want to hunt, learn the seasons, learn the regions - all of this is on the DFW website. Read through blogs and posts of others' experiences. Then buy BLM maps, USFS maps, find places to scout and get out there and see what you can learn. Once you do this, you may have an easier time finding a mentor, as you will have already demonstrated a commitment. On top of that, you will have found your own spots that a mentor may help you exploit, and wa-la!, that mentor isn't being called upon to give up their own spots. Too many people just want a "mentor" to spoon-feed information and spots, the requests are overwhelming you can't blame them for ignoring the calls.

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Old 06-05-2014, 12:35 PM
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Hunter safety course
Tag & License
You can find Public land, Nat. Forest etc. Go until you run out of people. Camp. hike until you run out of litter, cigarette butts and footprints.THEN you can hunt. Go slow,be quiet, glass mindful of wind direction.
you have a lot to learn pilgrim,
If you were up North I could help you on where to go but IDK the Southlands
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Old 06-05-2014, 4:24 PM
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how about a guided hunt somewhere??
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Old 06-11-2014, 1:46 PM
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Looking to do a boar/wild pig hunt. I know there are a few ranches up north. Not asking for anyones spots, but where is a good place to scout public lands? Just point me in the direction and i will take it from there.
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