Greetings. This is my first foray into the hunting forums. I recently went on my first hunt. Took three pheasants on five opportunities and it altered my perspective on hunting substantially. Going from consumer to a predator is a ponderous event. I fully intend to do that again and I'll be cooking two of those pheasants tomorrow (gave my brother one of mine since he only got two pheasants and he's staying at my folks so it is a lot more mouths). That said, I now find myself with an opportunity to deer hunt which I fully intend to capitalize upon. I haven't decided which gun I will hunt with as of yet. I am on the lookout for a Remington 700 in .30-06 or .308. I'd also consider .270 if the price were right. Until then I am either using a friend's .30-06 Remington 700 or another friend's .30-06 Remington 7600. I retain the option of a Remington 870 Express 21" barrel, but I suspect I would have to scope it which is something I don't want to do. I think I'm fine with what I intend to take the deer with, I'm stuck a bit on clothing. I intend to hunt in the southwestern portion of Northern Virginia in the Remington area within two weeks. I expect the weather to be around freezing to about 40 degrees in the mid-day. My attire question are as follow: 1. I don't know what patterns are appropriate. 2. What level of cost should be reasonable for a foray into hunting. 3. Is scent locking technology necessary? 4. I've been going between a light overall style and putting layers under that or going with heavy pants and coat. Thoughts on this? 5. How much blaze orange is a good idea on a private game preserve? 6. I intend to use my Keen hiking boots, would this be ok? I thank you all in advance.