HELP! Never been hunting. deer/coyote


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JDMorris
October 12, 2010, 08:47 PM
I already know what gun im using, it's a Howa M1500 in .308 win.
22" tapered barrel, and it's setup.
i also know im wearing my georgia boots. thats about it.

I want to know what type of bullets i should use. and also what type of camo, i wont be up in a stand just to clear that. and i will be hunting in Georgia from oct 16-end of season.
so, give me tips on camo, ammo, ect. im only 14 years old.

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grubbylabs
October 12, 2010, 10:15 PM
I would go down to the local gun shop and see what they have plenty of and in what grain they suggest. Get several boxes if you plan on Yote hunting so you have plenty of ammo to use.

As far as your clothing goes you need to think in layers. Start out light and then go heavy. You can always take clothes off to control your sweating.

It is best to start at your feet and work your way up.

First find good boots ( you already have some you like it seems.) Make sure they are up to the challenge and will meet the weather concerns, water and cold resistance.

Next is Socks, you need good socks they are as important as your boots in quality and comfort. You need a good wicking sock that will wick moisture away from your foot, this helps control blisters and temperature. usually a soc that starts with a poly- name of some kind will work just fine. Then a good wool sock thinner is usually better, even synthetic wool works well. And pack extra socks with you if you plan on walking a lot, nothing feels better than changing socks at lunch time. Just remember to keep a zip lock bag in your pack to put your stinky socks in, plus it will help keep your fresh socks dry.

Next is your pants, jeans are the worst idea find a non denim or cotton pant that is both quite and water resistant, you can usually find Army surplus wool pants fairly cheap and while they are ugly and can get heavy,their pros vastly out way their cons. They are quite and if they get wet they will still keep you warm. I also wait to buy my clothes on clearance.
the cotton pants or denim will wick water up your pant leg and then down your sock and before you know it you will be wet from foot to waist and probably very un happy. So again don't buy cotton for your hunting pants.

Next is your shirts. start out with an under shirt of some kind like the under armor type, they are meant to help control your body temp in cold and heat. Then I usually go with a long sleeve shirt, I don't like bare arms. again cotton is not a good material for the same reasons as above. I usually keep a vest and a water proof wind breaker with me so that I can adjust to my needs, use them together or separate. Remember it is important to keep your body core or your chest warm. If you keep your chest area warm it will help keep your limbs warm.

Next is your head. Find a good hat that can keep the sun out of your face during warm weather and you will also want a cold weather hat, you loose about 70% of your body heat from your head.

A good heavy winter coat is a must if you are hunting in the winter especially if you are sitting while coyote hunting, plan on heavier than you think since while you sit you are not generating body heat to help keep you warm. A good quality coat will help you retain your body heat keeping you safe, cold weather can kill you.

Your under clothes are important as well, as I said above Under Armor type clothing, you don't have to spend lots of money and buy the name brand stuff. But make sure you do something other than just boxers or your boys will hate you after a nice long walk through the woods. Aside from the support that type of clothing helps with moisture and temperature control in the heat and cold.

Remember if you are sitting you will loose body heat fast, and if you are moving you will generate more and you will need to adjust your clothing to suit your activity.

There is lots more that you will learn and I am sure other folks will help you out some as well but this should get you going as far as clothing goes for know.

I am not sure about predator hunting but as far as camo goes I have found that it is only really important when bird hunting. As far as your deer hunting goes just make sure that you break up your pattern so you are not a single color or shade. Keep your hunting clothes separate from the rest, and wash them with scent free and none brightening detergent. You can usually find cheap stuff in the hunting section at Walmart. And the giant Zip lock bags work great to store your stuff in.

TNboy
October 12, 2010, 11:09 PM
Go shoot enough to make sure you are competent to hit your target. Don't worry so much about camo, attractant scents, calls, treestands,etc.

Do pay attention to scent. Keep your hunting clothes separate from the rest of your clothes, I keep mine in a compression storage bag. Wash them with just baking soda, or you can spend money on commercial camo detergents if you want. Pick up a bar of scent free soap and a stick of scent free deodorant from a sporting goods store. Use these right before going afield. Once you get to the general hunting area spray yourself and your stuff down with some earth scented cover spray, this stuff isn't fool proof, you still will want to pay attention to where the wind is blowing.

Pick out a spot that you want to hunt. Where is the wind likely to be coming from? Where are the deer likely to be coming from, do these factors work together in your favor? Have you seen deer sign right in this area? Are there deer trails shooting distance from here? Ideally you want to look for an area where deer are "funneling." One of my favorites is a narrow stretch of woods between two large fields where there is a lake at the end of the woods, the deer always go through the woods from either field or up the mountain if you get the idea. You will want to see if there is any coverage where you want to sit. If there is already usable coverage there great! If not build yourself a blind. It doesn't have to be anything fancy, ground blinds are good because they conceal any accidental movement. My favorite kind of blind can get a little expensive but I like one made out of hay bales and just throw a piece of OSB over the top and you have a blind you can even hunt in through moderate rain. Doesn't have to be anything that fancy though can be as simple as some brush, burlap material and some rope work wonders too, just want to break up your outline.

Camo isn't important, you will probably be covering it with blaze orange anyway. Make sure to take a comfortable seat with you to the blind and concentrate on sitting still rather than what you are wearing. Don't worry about calls and attractant scents, they will hurt you more than help you starting out. Instead look for signs of deer presence and wait. I highly recommend getting a pair of duck hunting decoy gloves, keep them in your backpack and use them when you gut the deer, when you get done your hands will be clean and dry, carry a plastic shopping bag to put the bloody gloves in.

Here is a list of things that I would carry in my backpack:
-snacks
-water
-gloves
-decoy gloves
-knife
-plastic bag
-flashlight
-reading material (it will help you stay on stand longer, rather have one sneak in and surprise me than be headed home and miss it completely)
-hand warmers
-bag of small cleaning patches, of something else to use to mark blood spots when tracking deer.
-cigarette lighter
-rope
-toilet paper

Of course this list is not all inclusive, just a quick run down for local day hunts. Hope this helps.

Roughneck08
October 13, 2010, 03:47 AM
Well so far the others have listed good examples of what to bring, clothing, gear and such. Bullet weight I would choose the barnes TSX 150, 165, 168, or 180 grain for them Georgia deer.

You have a good chance of running into some hogs down there while hunting I visit Montecello Georgia frequently to visit family. So hogs could be on the list as well. Coyotes, well anything from a .308 will knock them sky high. So I'd say sight that rifle in with what load you are choosing to hunt with and have a good time.

JDMorris
October 13, 2010, 08:49 AM
thanks guys im taking a trip up to the army navy store today, im gonna buy something plastic, so i can cover my gun and pack up in blind if it rains, and get it out later.

kanook
October 13, 2010, 10:09 AM
Hunter Safety Course.

cottswald
October 13, 2010, 06:16 PM
Hunter Safety Course.
Yepper. This should be numero uno!!!!

JDMorris
October 13, 2010, 09:14 PM
next on my list, im good around guns, just need that little paper. i also couldn't find any plastic thing.
but i did get a cheekpiece that holds 9 rifle rounds. and a box of 165 grain btsp hornady .308

Art Eatman
October 13, 2010, 10:51 PM
No argument against 165-grain, but any old 150-grain ammo that groups inside of two MOA will be plenty good for Bambi.

I've never seen the need to bother with camo clothing. Any old brownish or dull-greenish cotton or poplin (or mix) shirt and pants will do just fine. One of these little net deals that keeps your shiny little face from saying, "Hi, Bambi!" is a Good Thing. Goodwill is a good place to check out for work or hunting clothes.

One of those old Army field jackets (with liner, if you find it) will carry you on down a bit below freezing, particularly if you're moving around sneaky-snaking.

Scent? I mostly work into the wind, or find a sitting spot where any game would be upwind of me. Same in still-hunting: Work into the wind, or at least cross-wind.

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