Re: The real basics... new to guns how to learn
The NRA has two monthly publications that can help in the book learning department, American Rifleman and American Hunter, either of them are available with a membership. American Rifleman will be more focused towards rifle shooting with articles here and there on pistol and shotgun shooting, not heavy on hunting.
American Hunter will focus on hunting and the guns used to hunt, this magazine would be beneficial. When I was in grade school and junior high I absolutely hated reading, my dad would try and get me to read, even begged me to read something. I could read well, retention was a different story and of course only comes with practice. He brought home a Field and Stream magazine one day and I read every page and wouldn't keep quiet about it. He later joined the NRA and every month I'd wear the pages out on every issue of American Hunter. You coudl say I speak from experience that the booksmart on this game of shooting and hunting for me came from American Hunter.... but other magazines helped too.
Magazines like this that are general 'hunting' magazines will typically follow seasonal hunting, in the spring it will be more turkey oriented, summer maybe more towards anything that wasn't written during hunting season, fall will be more deer, upland, waterfowl. Go to Barnes N Noble some afternoon and breeze through many magazines on the shelf, find one that covers many different types of hunting that you'd like to do and subscribe.