I know that "Stid" had a post on here about this but I couldn't find it to be able to reply. It is really dissapointing to me to see the new hunters on here every fall get the same answers when they ask for help. Most of them get the "in the mountains, woods, etc..." post or the "search the forum, there are plenty of topics on this already on here", "this question has been asked a million times, try reading" posts. Inevitably there will be some post about "d*#$ military people". In the time it took you to post those replies you could have answered the question. Here is a little story about why you should.
I have a friend that had never hunted before until the military took us to Alaska. He wanted to try it out, so I planned a moose hunt. (didn't get anything, it was my first hunt in AK also. Saw a couple good bulls but not enough brow tines and I didn't trust myself to judge inches so we didn't shoot). In November of that year I arranged a whitetail hunt for him on my cousins property in WA. (out of state can buy a tag over the counter) We flew down and I was able to get him his first big game animal in the form of a little "basket" 4x4. After we came back from deployment and were on block leave I took him on a mountain lion hunt in MT. We were able to get on 4 cats during the week he was with us (Mountain Lion is a draw permit in MT, but you can still chase them and take pictures). It has been a few years since all this happened and I rarely ever think about it. The other day I got an email from him. He is out of the military and back in his home state of FL. He joined one of the hunting clubs down there that leases a large tract of land. He invited me to hunt as his guest any time that I can make it. Unfortunately I had to turn it down this year as I will still be in AFG. He said that was fine because it was a standing offer, any season I want to hunt FL I just have to let him know.
I never expected to get anything out of taking him on hunts, I was doing it because he wanted to learn and it is something I enjoy doing. It just goes to show you that donating a little of your time and experience may someday pay off. Even if you dont get anything like that out of it. You still recruited another hunter into the fold and with all the pressure on hunting these days from Anti-hunting groups, adding one more member is good enough payment.
Just my 2 cents. Thanks to all the people that do take time to help out new hunters or just those that are new to the area.