How to start hunting?

Rocket_Cowboy

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My other hobby, when not doing things gun related, is motorcycles. This year in particular seems to have started off rather badly with motorcycle incidents involving deer strikes. I'd like to take that down time when I'm not riding to at least do my part in controlling the deer population, but where do you start?

At least in Texas, it seems the majority of people I hear who go hunting already have hunting leases and groups of long time friends who they hunt with. Here I am with zero experience and the wrong equipment (at least for now) ... what advice would you have for getting experience and finding a place to learn to hunt?
 

kingofwylietx

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There are some fairly inexpensive guided hunt ranches here in Texas. It's a nice way to start hunting, as most will have a rifle you can use if you let them know of your need in advance. The benefit is that you can learn some techniques and tips while with them, maybe do a 2 or 3 day hunt.

After that, you'll know a bit more about it. You probably know a few guys that hunt, you just may not know that they hunt.
 

kingofwylietx

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Who would you suggest? How much do people spend on leases? What are some of the ins and outs of leases?
For a guided hunt:

I would suggest starting with wild hog or meat hunts since they are about the least expensive.

Examples of local guided hunts:
4B Ranch - Dove Hunt West Texas Game Ranch
Booking a hunt Night Hogs Wild Hog Hunts in South Texas

and (no link, so I'm pasting it) this one is within 2 hrs of DFW....if you want to try this one, I might go with you & bring the guns if you drive.
WE ARE BOOKING HOG HUNTS FOR THIS SUMMER

$125 A DAY WITH A 2 DAY MIN 2 HOGS ANYSIZE
INCLUDES LODGING NO MEALS

THE RANCH IS 750 AC LOCATED 10 MILES WEST OF CROSS PLAINS TX. WE HAVE 6 NICE PONDS AND A FEW CREEKS THAT RUN THROUGH THE RANCH. THE LAND IS GREAT FOR SPOT AND STALK. WE HAVE BOW AND RIFLE STANDS LOCATED OVER FEEDERS AND IN FOOD PLOTS. WE HAVE A CLEANING AREA WITH A NICE WALK IN COOLER. YOU MAY HUNT DAY OR NIGHT. CALL LEWIS @ 972-322-3821 ANYTIME NIGHT OR DAY.

THANKS
LEWIS D
BOONE RANCH
CROSS PLAINS TX
972-322-3821


For a lease, see:
https://www2.tpwd.state.tx.us/huntwild/hunt/planning/hunt_lease/listlease.php

You can narrow it down by prey, method, or area.


DCortez, were you asking about the pros & cons of a hunting lease? There really are not any ins or outs, you just sign a contract to use the property in a specified and pre-agreed upon way. Leases vary by individual landowner. They approximately range from $5-12 per acre, per year.....depending on the number of people on the lease.
 

40Arpent

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What are some of the ins and outs of leases?
Two big ones for me:

(1) Spending money on lease improvements and then having the lessor abruptly terminate your lease. It's a risk you have to be aware of going in.
(2) Finding good members (because, generally speaking, you have to have enough members to make it affordable). You need folks who are safe, trustworthy, and committed.
 

Rocket_Cowboy

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Two big ones for me:
(2) Finding good members (because, generally speaking, you have to have enough members to make it affordable). You need folks who are safe, trustworthy, and committed.
And that's where I'm stuck, although I'm probably getting the horse way in front of the cart. For the friends of mine that hunt, they already have those groups of friends established, and have been sharing the lease(s) for many years now. I'm not comfortable trying to wedge myself into that arrangement, but don't know if it's easier to start up a new group of folks or try to insert into an existing group.
 

kingofwylietx

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You could let those friends know that you are looking to get into a lease. Depending on how well you know them, you could ask to visit their lease one day with them. Unless you know everyone on the lease before signing up, it's Russian roulette as to how well it is run & how strict the rules are enforced....if there are any rules. Some are family-oriented and a few are a bunch of drunks shooting fireworks.

The best case scenario will have you already knowing a couple of the guys on the lease & knowing what type of lease & environment to expect.
 

MadMo44Mag

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RC here is a e-mail link to an old buddy and co-worker.

Craig has hunter with the likes of Ted Nugget and others.

Craig Jacoby craigjacoby@sbcglobal.net.

I haven't spoke with Craig in a while but know he still puts on hunts and if he doesn't have a hunt for you or your pocket book, he can steer you in the right direction.
 

dbgun

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You could let those friends know that you are looking to get into a lease. Depending on how well you know them
+1...That's how I got on a lease. Let all my friends, that I get along with really well know that I was looking to get on a lease.
 

DCortez

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So how much for a great lease, good lease, and OMG, this is downtown Detroit lease?
 

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