First Time Hunter: Wheels Up in DC

As we speak, I’m on my way to Texas where Tyler Kee will be meeting me and teaching me to hunt for the first time. I’m feeling a strange mix of emotions — anxiety about whether my guns will still be zeroed when they come off the plane, a touch of trepidation about whether the baggage handlers will steal them before I even get to Texas, nervousness about being able to hit my target and even some tinges of preemptive remorse for possibly taking the life of another living creature. But above all, there is a thick layer of excitement. This is something I’ve always wanted to do, and as someone on Twitter mentioned “…learning to hunt on a ranch in Texas is pretty much the same as learning to golf at Augusta National.” Stay tuned because this is going to be an interesting weekend.


  1. avatar Moonshine7102 says:

    Wait. Nick has never hunted before? As in, NEVER? Oh, man. Good luck, and welcome to the family!

  2. avatar Gabriel says:

    Welcome to the club, I joined at about age 5, but better late than never.

  3. avatar irock350 says:

    I bet in a couple of days you will figure why that Leupold scope had an illuminated reticle on it. Good hunting and I hope Tyler makes you skin and field dress the kill. It is always pretty funny to watch a newbies face when hang a deer from a tree and pull the skin off with a truck. Just don’t drink the blood, this isn’t Red Dawn and Lyme Disease is nothing to screw with.

  4. avatar Tyler Kee says:

    The weather forecast this weekend is cold and wet. Couldn’t ask for a better weekend to bring a new member to the fraternity.

    1. avatar irock350 says:

      What part of Tejas are you taking him to? East, West, Hill Country?

      1. avatar Tyler Kee says:

        Hill Country

  5. avatar Texan says:

    Looking forward to hearing about your adventures and welcome to Texas, Nick!

  6. avatar Ralph says:

    I used to enjoy hunting, but I hated the butchering. It always seemed kinda counterintuitive to me that the end of a successful hunt was a big steaming pile of guts but the end of an unsuccessful hunt was a double cognac by the fire. I figured that by not hunting, I could avoid the whole gut pile experience, so I quit hunting and took up recreational drinking instead.

    However, to those who enjoy deer hunting or who, like Foghorn, want to try it for the first time, I say go for it, but go with someone who’s a better shooter than you are. The only thing better than venison on your table is not having to work for it.

    1. avatar Tom says:

      The heck with the Deer Hunter, go for the Beer Hunter!

  7. avatar HAVE GUN says:

    Good luck to you Nick. You should enjoy it.

  8. avatar Mike OFWG says:

    As Mr. Spock said “you may find that having is not the same thing as wanting”, but I hope not. Good hunting!

    1. avatar Ralph says:

      It is not logical, but it is true.

      Live long and prosper.

  9. avatar Rich T says:

    Good luck. Here in E. Texas the 2nd rut is kicking in.

  10. avatar Chris Dumm says:

    Can I join you next year?

  11. avatar Tony says:

    Loved hunting in TX when I was stationed there. You should have a grand time. Hope you put meat in the freezer.

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