I want to learn to hunt. Being prior military law enforcement, i'm all about gun safety and have common sense and respect for my environment and companions. I've spent much of my life tromping through the woods, camping/fishing and in various survival schools, setting snares for rabbits (long story, 9 of us ended up eating a woodpecker that our teacher hit with a slingshot) and that sustained us for 3 days.
All that being said, I've never really hunted. My family is in Ohio, My in-laws can't do the bush hiking/labor though the Father-in-law used to hunt in LA but I don't think that they really like me enough to go with me anyway. I used to own some handguns but sold some and lost others post divorce (Nice lady came and took them...AND MY TRUCK, and I didn't press charges...ain't I sweet). I just bought a Mosin Nagant that I plan on taking to the range, but I have access to virtually every caliber be it rifle or pistol via the in-laws until I start building my collection back up.
I'm a nice guy, get along with most everybody unless you give me a reason not to, then i'll just quietly, but respectfully tolerate you (read my coworker that has treated my like crap since I started 2 years ago, but to my credit, i've been nice this whole time) I'd like to get my wife involved as a hunting partner once I learn where/how to go myself. I'm good to go for tent camping/hunting, river boat hunting or roadside hunting like some do up north.
Sorry for the wall of text here...just thought that i'd throw in some info about me to show that i'm not some psycho.
Thanks for any help, or even just adivce, Michael.