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Hi! Looking for some advice for getting started. My brother is really into hunting and has taken me shooting a couple of times, but I've decided I'd like to get more serious about it. I'm working on getting my hunting license now (from MD, wanted to get ahead of it before the season really starts). Anyone have some tips for someone looking to get out there?

Thanks!

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What type of weapon will you be using? Muzzle loader/ bow/shotgun?

What kind of hunting.. small or big game or perhaps waterfowl or upland?

you have access to private or public land or a lease?

need to know a few things before we can help

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Take your hunter safety course then join your local sportsman's club. Go to meetings and events at the club, meet people and ask questions. Almost every club around here has a women's program and I would bet yours does too. I would bet a weeks wages that you will make friends and learn plenty from them.

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Start with small game hunting like squirrels. For me, that is what I started with, teaches you the fundamentals of hunting and being in the woods. Read alot of hunting magazines. The NWTF puts on Women in the Outdoor Events I believe which are great. I attended one (after I started hunting, for a class assignment in college, it was well done). Go out with your brother, the best learning is doing!!

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Thanks for the feedback! I plan on using a shotgun, would like to get into bow later down the road, and figured i'd start with waterfowl since i'd probably go with my brother first. passed the hunter safety course and have to go through a field day next week

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That is awesome, congrats!! Waterfowl is a good start. I also started with a shotgun, my first deer was a doe. It's great you have your brother to go with and learn from!

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Welcome to the forums. Never had anyone to take me hunting, so learned what I know on my own and from experience. Sometimes it is helpful in learning to watch the animals you are hunting, they can be great teachers. Watch their body language and learn what/why they are doing what they are doing. For example the doe acting nervous that you are about to squeeze the trigger on may just have a real nice buck about to step out you will never see if you are too overzealous. Amazing how many times I still go after 20+ years and pick up on something new I never saw before. May help to keep a journal for a few years noting what you see, what conditions are and so forth.

Good luck.

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Welcome to the forums. Sounds like your brother will be a great start. I learned everything from my husband (wtnhunt), Best advice I can give is to do a lot of just sitting and watching, spend as much time in the woods/on the water as you can just observing how the animals are acting. Learning their patterns, when they move and which direction they are going. And most of all, be patient with yourself and enjoy nature. Don't put too much pressure on yourself, it takes all the fun and enjoyment out of being in the great outdoors. Good luck out there and please keep us updated on how you are doing out there.

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