MemberDecember 17, 2019 at 7:33 pm
I just booked my hunter’s ed & firearms course for February.
Crazy excited! Initially I was interested in bow hunting, and I still am, but having had a few conversations it seems most people encourage me to go down the all purpose interchangeable barrel shotgun route to start with.
Reasons cited include ability to get relatively proficient quicker to be able to actually get some kills under my belt, and the broad range of types of hunting available until I know exactly what I like to do.
Seems reasonable, but I’m still not decided. I figured if I got the firearms cert out of the way while taking the hunter’s ed class, I’d keep my options open.
Sock_Eating_GoldenGuestDecember 17, 2019 at 7:33 pm
The Mossberg 500 combo is a great deal for a hunting gun. 28″ barrel with interchangable chokes for small game. Then the 24″ rifled barrel for sabot slugs for larger game. I’ve taken many deer with the open sight rifled barrel. It’s instant kill at a decent range.
The gun is very versatile and sturdy. I’ve had mine for over two decades. It’s still fantastic and in perfect shape. An absolute joy to take afield.
Good luck in your journey.
bossman118242GuestDecember 17, 2019 at 7:33 pm
Starting off with rifle or shotgun is great advice. You want to build confidence first and start on the “easier” side of things because if you start out with bow it is very likely you could get frustrated and potentially give up due to not getting something the first year. Bow is harder and requires more skill which is good but not great for getting in to the sport all together. You could get nothing with a shotgun or rifle as well but it’s a better chance and once you get that first kill or first few I’d switch to bow if that’s what you want so your not learning all the ropes of hunting and bow at the same time. Have people started with bow yes and a lot have been successful.
JimJam427GuestDecember 17, 2019 at 7:33 pm
I prefer archery for it’s difficulty and skill needed to be very proficient. Don’t let anyone talk you out of the way you prefer to hunt. Just get a bow and PRACTICE PRACTICE PRACTICE… Oh and practice some more. I do have a rifle for gun season because once gun season hits it’s really just time to fill the freezer.
Primu0323GuestDecember 17, 2019 at 7:33 pm
I started out as a bow hunter and it takes a lot of practice but it’s so rewarding. I didn’t get a gun for about 4 years. I still love pulling my bow out for a hunt now and then.
I got stuck in a situation hunting black bears where I really should have had a gun for back up. A compound bow doesn’t do a whole lot for you if there’s a big sow with a 2 year ‘cub’ sniffing at your tree stand. Scared the crap out of me and I picked up a back up gun from then on.
It all depends on what you want to hunt. Start with a bow if you’d like to. Take the firearms course if you can, and then you can pick up a gun if you want to expand.
Welcome to the world of hunting!
Engineer1822GuestDecember 17, 2019 at 7:33 pm
If you go the shotgun route, Benelli Nova. Better quality than the Remington or Mossberg competitors. Love that gun to death. Can’t beat it at that price point.
Forward_MarsupialGuestDecember 17, 2019 at 7:33 pm
If you want to hunt deer and can use a rifle then get a rifle. A shotgun is great but it can’t hold a candle to a decent rifle. If you are on a budget and want to hunt small game too then a shotgun makes sense.