theglendonGuestJuly 12, 2021 at 1:30 am
I’m going through a lot of the same process in Oregon. I’m happy to share the resources I’ve found the most useful.
* As mentioned by everyone else, [Hunter Safety](https://wildlife.ca.gov/Hunter-Education) is absolutely the place to start. It’s especially useful for those of us who didn’t grow up with guns.
* Backcountry Hunters and Anglers produces a lot of content aimed at beginners, and they have local chapters all across the country.
* Depending on the specific animals you want to hunt, there are probably dedicated conservation groups with local chapters. Things like Ducks Unlimited and the Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation. If they hold events in your area, that could be a good way to meet local hunters.
* Some states have a lot more resources available for training new hunters than others. It might take some digging through the state Fish and Wildlife website to find them. It looks like CDFW has an Apprentice Hunts program. I don’t know how active it is. https://nrm.dfg.ca.gov/ApprenticeHunts/Default.aspx
* There are not many commercial enterprises offering hunting lessons. You’ll probably have to learn a lot from YouTube and articles.