Okay, hunters, dumb question from a newbie

Discussion in 'Hobbies' started by Q9, Mar 26, 2011.

  1. Q9

    Q9 General Headache

    I've never hunted before. I would REALLY like to try my hand at it. Unfortunately, I do not have a high-caliber rifle, though my dad has a 12-gauge. Can anyone point me towards game that can be reliably brought down by a .22 long rifle? I had thought about turkey, since season begins soon, but was told a rifle was a bad idea for it. [​IMG]
     
  2. Happy Chooks

    Happy Chooks Moderator Staff Member

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    I've never hunted before either, but my family has, and you hunt turkeys with shotguns - same for ducks and pheasant.

    As for hunting with a .22...............a rabbit, maybe? (although Elmer Fudd used a shotgun [​IMG] )
     
  3. chikky

    chikky Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Rabbits and squirrels (and targets- haha) can be taken with a .22. Turkeys are very difficult to take...people use 12 ga. shotguns. I'm certainly no expert, but that's what I know from the hunters in my family. I've taken a turkey with a crossbow.
     
  4. booker81

    booker81 Redneck Tech Girl

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    First off, if you haven't attended hunter safety - gotta do it!

    http://www.ncwildlife.org/hunting/H_Hunter_Ed_Course.htm

    Second, need your license and rules. Your state site linked above will have that too.

    Third, find a mentor. MANY hunters are more than happy to take a new hunter out hunting and even loan gear and guns. That's how I learned [​IMG]

    I use a 12ga for turkey and waterfowl, a 20ga for upland fowl. I only use a rifle for deer and coyotes. A .22 is about good for rabbits and varmints, but if I'm actually out rabbit hunting, I use a 20ga. [​IMG]
     
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  5. Junkmanme

    Junkmanme Chillin' With My Peeps

    The FIRST thing you want to do....is READ your North Carolina hunting regulations.

    You can get a copy at any place that sells hunting licenses, etc.

    Once you read that...you will have a better idea WHAT it is you want.

    No sense buying a firearm that you can't use.
     
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  6. booker81

    booker81 Redneck Tech Girl

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  7. michickenwrangler

    michickenwrangler To Finish Is To Win

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    Quote:DH used to hunt grouse and pheasant with his .22
     
  8. Q9

    Q9 General Headache

    Quote:That's a given. [​IMG] I really don't want to run afoul of the law for any reason. [​IMG]

    Personally, I WANT to try my hand at deer. The problem is, I don't exactly have enough cash to purchase a Remington 700 or a 30/30. The .22 my grandpa gave me is all I've got, and all I can afford ammo for. Once I get a job, that'll change, but until then...


    Michickenwrangler - I like that idea. I think I've had pheasant before - pretty tasty as I recall.
     
  9. Mary Of Exeter

    Mary Of Exeter Chillin' With My Peeps

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    If you hit it in the right spot, at the right distance, you could kill a deer with anything [​IMG] Where at in NC are you? [​IMG]
     
  10. Q9

    Q9 General Headache

    Quote:Davidson County. Why do you ask?
     

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