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 How to Start Deer Hunting 

There are many ways to learn how to start deer hunting. Whether you learn how to hunt from your father, friend, a book, or online, the time to start hunting is right now so you can begin teaching others and start your own tradition. The following paragraphs will help to teach you how to start deer hunting.

Deer hunting is typically something that is passed down from one generation to another. Therefore most hunters learn how to start deer hunting from the advice of a family member, typically a father. If you are reading this, then you most likely were not fortunate enough to have somebody teach you how to start deer hunting. That's okay; because once you start deer hunting you will have the opportunity to teach others how to start deer hunting, quite possibly your own children, younger family members, or even your own father. The tradition can start with you.

How to Start Deer Hunting

Where to Learn

Family and Friends:

The easiest way to start deer hunting is to have somebody teach you, especially if they are experienced, proven hunters. This will speed up your learning curve by a lot, but there will still be things you will need to learn on your own. Sometimes even just finding somebody to learn how to start hunting with you can help speed things up as you can share what has and hasn't been working.

Most people who have the desire to hunt will know somebody who hunts already. Those are the people to be talking to. The key is to ask about hunting, not necessarily for them to take you hunting. It is best to let them invite you to go along with them hunting. Most hunters are very possessive and secretive of their hunting spots, but most will be more than happy to give you pointers and tell stories about what has and hasn't worked for them in the past. If you are lucky they will invite you to come along. Either way, soak up as much information as you can.

Books on How to Start Hunting

There are many books on the topic of how to start deer hunting. Books can be a valuable tool for learning how to deer hunt. Typically the authors have been at it for many years, and have also had someone teach them. Even experienced hunters can benefit from reading hunting books as it only takes one minor detail to make or break a hunt.
There are a few different books that I have learned from in the past. You can download them instantly or order them through Amazon.com and have them on your doorstep.

Experience:

One of the best ways to learn how to start hunting is by just going out and start hunting. No matter how many books you read or how many tips you get from experienced hunters, you will always be learning from your own experiences and developing your own tactics. You cannot read a hundred books and expect to be a professional hunter. Although books can help out a lot, the real knowledge comes from a time in the field.

How to Start Deer Hunting

Choosing a Weapon

Before you go hunting, you will need to choose a weapon to use. The most popular by far and the most efficient is a high-powered rifle, but there are many other weapons that have proven to be effective such as bow and arrow, muzzleloader, shotgun, crossbow, and spear.

Rifles have the longest effective range of any hunting weapon, so if you are new to hunting, rifles are your best bet. It is hard to get within 100 yards of a deer, but with a rifle, you can effectively shoot up to 300 yards with a little practice. In fact, with a lot of practice and math, a rifle is capable of accurately shooting at distances of 800 yards or more. Do not be fooled though, this is not hunting. This is only shooting and should be left at the range. It is unethical and simply not fair to deer and other big game to snipe them from a distance of over 500 yards where they have no defenses. Long-range hunting takes the hunt out of hunting and will likely be the end to hunting as we know it as there are sure to be strict regulations against it eventually.

When choosing a rifle, there is a lot of things to consider. The first thing you will need to figure out is which caliber you would like to shoot. This will depend on several factors, but mostly the species of deer and the habitat you will be hunting. The next most important item of a hunting rifle is a scope. A good rule of thumb is to go with the best scope you can afford because you get what you pay for. Most rifles will shoot accurately regardless of price, but a scope is worth every penny that you pay for it.

Archery hunting is much more difficult than rifle hunting, but it can be much more rewarding. It can also be much more discouraging when you have several encounters but you do not even get close to getting off a shot whereas, with a rifle, you'd have been eating venison for dinner. That is why it is advised to begin hunting with a rifle unless you can handle a little bit of discouragement, as once things do come together, taking a nice buck with a bow is unlike anything else. Of course, if you are not picky about antler size you can always arrow a small buck or doe where it is legal, and in some places, doe killing is even encouraged. This is a great way to give you a little bit of excitement and practice while waiting for a nice buck to come along.

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Other Gear You Will Need to Start Deer Hunting

There is an endless amount of gear that is aimed at hunters. Aside from your weapon of choice, a knife, and some warm clothing, all the other gear are not necessities but can help to increase your odds tremendously. Below is a list of other items that you can pick up as you need or can afford them.

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