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Learning to hunt

Discussion in 'Hunting' started by Regen, Jan 29, 2009.

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  1. Regen

    Regen Member

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    I've been shooting for many years, but it has always been target shooting. I'm interested in learning to hunt. I live in northern Virginia and know that I need to get my hunting license. Will the safety course I completed for my CHP count for getting my license?

    Any recommendations for guides/teachers to help me get started. Thinking of starting with groundhog hunting or something similar since there is an open season on them in Virginia. For ground hog, which would be better .22LR or .223?

    Thanks.
     
  2. bang_bang

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    I'm guessing you sat through the Hunter's Education Course in order to get your Concealed Carry Permit, right?

    If that's the case, show the person selling licenses that paper, the wallet sized or picture frame sized one, and you'll have your hunting license.

    Groundhog, easy and fun to hunt. They have rather poor vision if you wear neutral colors and move slowly. I've snuck up within a couple yards of them before. This is why I love hunting them.

    .223 or .22lr will work. If kept within 75 yards, the .22lr will do. Any longer ranges and I would brink out the centerfire to make sure I get a kill shot.

    I mainly use a .22 Magnum, but have taken groundhogs with .22lr many times. I've even rolled them with a 12 gauge with buckshot. Also used a dirtbike helmet once or twice....
     
  3. Regen

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    Okay, I've got to ask, what caliber dirtbike helmet? :)
     
  4. Regen

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    Actually, it was a course specifically for CHP. That is the question, is that course sufficient for the hunting license or do I need to take a specific Hunter's Education Course?
     
  5. bang_bang

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    Fulmer, a yellow and black one, and also some type of red one.

    If I remember correctly, we got one with a tobacco cutter too. :rolleyes:
     
  6. bang_bang

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    Should look something like this for Hunters Education completion.

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    This is from 10 years ago, so it might be a bit different.
     
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    the internet can be the best teacher. I would say to start off in a stand. Set your feeder up about 100 yards away and be sure to feed the deer plenty. Good Luck!
     
  8. Bearhands

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    FIRST...... check to see if baiting is allowed in Virginia.
     
  9. bang_bang

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    That would be a no-no for deer.

    From Sept through Feb I think, not sure though.
     
  10. the muleskinner

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    No baiting in VA. from Sept. 1 through Jan. 3.

    Ground hog hunting is the best practice I've ever found for deer hunting. There is no better way to practice shooting in hunting situations imo.

    I use a .22mag. I like a little more range for groundhogs than the .22 lr can afford.

    Good to see some more VA hunters on here.
     
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