Wait, so whitetail aren't arboreal?
December 1, 2010 6:15 PM Subscribe
Where can I find somebody to teach me how to hunt deer? (Next season, in Pennsylvania.)
posted by Netzapper to sports, hobbies, & recreation (12 answers total) 5 users marked this as a favorite
People who hunt seem to primarily be descendants of people who hunt(ed). Nobody in my family has hunted for several generations, and so it's been totally lost. But, I love venison, and I shoot (several hundred rounds a month), and goddamnit, I want to go deer hunting next year.
So, how can I find somebody who'll teach me to hunt? Obviously, I need to take the hunter education course. But, it's focused on how to hunt safely, and less on how to hunt successfully. I'm an autodidact in nearly everything, but I really don't think taking the course, reading a book, putting on the camo, and then wandering around in the woods with a rifle is really a good way to learn.
I'm not opposed to hiring a guide, if that's the best solution. But, are they really going to be able to deal with a 27-year-old first-time hunter who's likely to make fundamental mistakes before even showing up? Do guides even do deer, or would I then need to start with something more exotic (and out-of-state)? What might the price range be for something like this?