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post #1 of 15 (permalink) Old 09-17-2019, 12:13 PM Thread Starter
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Hi im a Marine stationed here near Pittsburgh but originally from CA (I like PA much better). I want to get into hunting this year for Deer but have no idea what gear to buy..best rifle to get or even where to go hunting or what to do when i decide upon a location..any tips, ways to help?
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post #2 of 15 (permalink) Old 09-17-2019, 12:30 PM
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first ,thank you for your service . secondly welcome t HPA and Pa. as far as gear most is a matter of preference . some guys try state game lands try one near you and mostly ask questions on here and listen to the good advise given on here
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post #3 of 15 (permalink) Old 09-17-2019, 12:37 PM
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Welcome aboard! Thanks for serving as well. Are you interested in Archery or firearms hunting? There is plenty of public throughout the state, pgc website is a good place to start. You picked a good state to begin your life as a hunter. As far as gear, no need to get over complicated. Warm clothes, binoculars, a knife, a drag rope and a rifle are all you need to get started.
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I am probably going to hunt with a rifle only because im good at that and have never used a bow.
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Hello and welcome to the club. Thanks for your service! My nephew just got out as a Capt from CA. Maybe someone has room for one more in their camp out that way.
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post #7 of 15 (permalink) Old 09-17-2019, 02:11 PM
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There is a lot of state game lands near you along with land through the Hunter Access Program. I am about 45 minutes away from Pittsburgh so I can help a little. Read up on the digest on the laws and regulations. If you plan on buying a rifle, you wont be able to use it in Allegheny county.
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Welcome and Thank You for your service. Have you ever hunted before? There are a few requirements for first time hunters in Pennsylvania. I am sure your firearms safety is top notch, however first time hunters have to complete a hunters safety program before purchasing a license.

I will prepare and someday my chance will come. - Abraham Lincoln

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post #9 of 15 (permalink) Old 09-17-2019, 05:26 PM
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Forgot about the hunter safety course. Since your above 16 you can do it online. Maybe someone who knows better than me (WW or RSB) can chime in but I thought active duty military was exempt from this.
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post #10 of 15 (permalink) Old 09-17-2019, 05:45 PM
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Plenty of really good deer hunting near Pittsburgh. However, the closer you are to the city the more crowded the public land hunting opportunities will be. Not sure what area of Pittsburgh you are in, but I know that there is public game lands north of the city in Wexford area, also hunting is permitted at Hillman State Park, and portions of Raccoon State Park. Also some game lands in Washington Co. within a short drive. I'm originally from West/South Hills of Pittsburgh so those are the areas that I am most familiar with. As others have stated, the Hunter Access Program is good also. They're private lands, and you do need to get permission from the land owner, but they've generally entered into an agreement with the game commission to allow some form of public hunting access. They'll generally be less crowded in my experience.

Hunters Ed. Class is your first step. Like I said, I'm from Pittsburgh originally so feel free to send me a private message if you need any more detailed information.
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