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Old 01-19-2019, 4:25 PM
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Summary: My wife and I have decided to learn to hunt in our mid-40's. I've decided to document our first few trips, as we learn, because I've found precious few resources for adults to learn hunting late in life.

This post will maintain a list of all my threads. I'll keep the OP updated as I create new articles. This thread will be linked in my signature; instead of a "sticky", it will be... stuck to my posts?

This will save me the trouble of explaining who I am and what I'm doing in every thread I start.

So, who are we? My wife and I both grew up in major urban centers: her in South Central Los Angeles, me in Brooklyn, NY. Even in prior decades (we're both in our mid-40's as I write this in 2019), NYC was not gun-friendly, and my family did not own firearms. I did not know any hunters, and I can count the number of times I'd been in actual wild natural surroundings in my entire childhood on... one hand... with enough fingers left over to point at stuff. My wife's father had grown up as a hunter in Ohio, his family mostly ate only what they could grow or catch. He even owned a rifle in her childhood home... however, he never taught his daughters to shoot or hunt.

We have only been gun owners since Obama's first term. We actually purchased our first firearm, a Springfield 1911, at the peak of the "can't find anything in stock" period of Obama's presidency. We've taken some rifle shooting training, and spent a great deal of time on the range in the past couple of years before our first hunt, working to become competent enough to skillfully shoot an animal.

To say we are ignorant, or learning as we go, is an understatement.

We are both, also, engineers by training and by profession. Thus, we tend to be risk-averse, overthink things, and spend too much time planning things before we try them. :-)

Here's my write-ups of our hunting trips:
  1. Pig Hunting, Paso Robles, May 2018
  2. Squirrel Hunting Near Kernville, November 2018
  3. Squirrel Hunting In The Snow: Kennedy Meadows, December 2018
  4. Squirrel and Rabbit Hunting, Kennedy Meadows and BLM Land, January 2019

I also have a thread where I discuss my wild-game cooking experiments.

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Old 01-19-2019, 4:51 PM
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Tag. Interesting info in your links. If you guys decide you want to learn a bit about bird hunting, drop me a line.
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Glad to see you and the wife haven't given up, hang in there. I've been hunting since 6 and except for a few years I have continued to hunt, I'm 69 now.
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Glad to see you and the wife haven't given up, hang in there. I've been hunting since 6 and except for a few years I have continued to hunt, I'm 69 now.
Yeah, we're not giving up... we may never reach the level of hunting we want, but we're going to become hunters, damn it. :-)

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Tag. Interesting info in your links. If you guys decide you want to learn a bit about bird hunting, drop me a line.
Thanks! My wife has basically 0 time with a shotgun, and i've only done a bit of skeet shooting. It'll be some time and training before we're ready to shoot shotguns at live animals.
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Yeah, we're not giving up... we may never reach the level of hunting we want, but we're going to become hunters, damn it. :-)



Thanks! My wife has basically 0 time with a shotgun, and i've only done a bit of skeet shooting. It'll be some time and training before we're ready to shoot shotguns at live animals.
Just keep in mind, all hunters started at the same starting line. Enjoy your outings and keep learning......its not as easy as the non hunters think it is.
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If you were closer I would work with you and your wife on this. I started young and had some help/teaching but I learned one hell of a lot on my own. Like any journey you have to take the first step then it's one foot in front of the other until you get there.
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Enjoyed reading your adventures. I started hunting in my 20s, I'm 64 now.

Unless you want to stick with big game (expensive), I'd invest in a couple of shotguns and take some trap/skeet shooting lessons. Desert small game is relatively easy to find - look for water.

I hunt jackrabbits, dove, and quail in the desert. Jackrabbit is the best! Doves are fun, too - but opening day near Blythe is always HOT, usually around 105'.

I've never seen a squirrel in California while hunting. Weird, huh?
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thank you a lot for sharing your stories. Those are really both informative and interesting.
I'm also an engineer who just started hunting last year. I don't think any of my friends and family members have hunted before, so I self-taught a lot of stuffs and found more stuffs should be learnt.
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