Originally Posted by AslerGamma
I'm new to the forum, and would appreciate some advice. I'm a novice hunter - I have never hunted. Im looking at going hunting next season 2013, I've taken the hunter safety course (which helped), have purchased a rifle and am getting a reloader next week. I live in the Pacific North West, From Illinois, and I've always had the itch.
So to the question. I know that its recommended that I go hunting with someone who already hunts, but the problem is that the people that I would trust to teach me to hunt don't want to take a newbie (which I can understand) and the people who would love to take me - I don't necessarily trust (either as an individual or to teach me to do it correctly/tribal knowledge) I'd more or less like to learn it correctly the first time without the bad habits.
I've been studying books and online for years, but I know that only helps a little. I've determined that I'd rather track and stalk than bait and blind.
Would I be better off at hiring a guide?
A good guide can help you learn more in the course of a single hunt than you'll learn on your own in a good many years.
Most of us that do hunt grew up doing so and had lots of knowledge (some accurate, some not so accurate) passed down to us by our elders.
One thing I have enjoyed over the years as part of my own guiding is a good many parents that have sent their kids to me over Christmas or Thanksgiving breaks to teach them what I can since the kids have the interest but the parents lacked the time, interest, or physical ability.
I would think that perhaps here on this forum or maybe on a regional/state forum there should be some opportunities for you to meet up with some folks willing to mentor you along, another would be to take an additional HS course in your area. Failing finding some contacts through either then I'd say it would be well worth the money to take some guided hunts for a few seasons because going it alone can be frustrating, aggravating, often fruitless, and even dangerous depending on the circumstances.