New to SCH...

Discussion in 'The Newbie Den' started by James N., Jan 11, 2018 at 9:58 PM.

  1. James N.

    James N. New Member

    Joined:
    Thursday
    Messages:
    7
    Likes Received:
    6
    Hello,
    James is my name and I just obtained my CDFW Hunting license and I would love help with getting started to hunt with my .22 Air Rifle (Gamo Swarm Maxxim). I live in Orange and wanted to hook up with some knowledgeable folks to learn the craft and hopefully learn how to take pig with this rifle. I would love any suggestions you all would have and look forward to hearing from some of you.

    J
     
    Moves likes this.
  2. Aeon

    Aeon just a dude who duck hunts

    Joined:
    Feb 16, 2011
    Messages:
    2,252
    Likes Received:
    268
    Welcome to the site.

    You can not take a pig with a Gamo air gun sorry. Yes the big bore pcp guns can do it but even that is not something a newbie should do.

    The learning curve is tough but it gets better fast
     
  3. James N.

    James N. New Member

    Joined:
    Thursday
    Messages:
    7
    Likes Received:
    6
    too much BS on YouTube :(. What about Coyote? I own a AR-15 that has been adapted to featureless and a .308 rifle and a few hand guns and recently a Gamo Swarm and soon to come a Hasan Mod 125 Sniper Camo Vortex QE .22
     
    #3 James N., Jan 12, 2018 at 8:47 AM
    Last edited: Jan 12, 2018 at 8:54 AM
    Moves likes this.
  4. ilovesprig

    ilovesprig Moderator
    Staff Member

    Joined:
    Aug 3, 2012
    Messages:
    6,868
    Likes Received:
    1,316
    James,

    Welcome to SCH.....I suggest start saving for a rifle & shotgun.....A Savage or Ruger in .270 will let you hunt most anything in California.....The shotgun will increase your hunting opportunities by 10 fold....There's lots of reasonably priced auto loaders these day.....But IMO, the Remington 870 pump is one of the best ways to go.....Ask lots of questions, learn our local public lands (CNF, BLM, & WA's), and read the hunting regulations thoroughly.
     
    James N. likes this.
  5. SurfNHuntSD

    SurfNHuntSD Well-Known Member

    Joined:
    Oct 1, 2013
    Messages:
    1,735
    Likes Received:
    335
    X2.. get a shotgun. Plus why use an airgun on a pig if u have the .308
     
    WaterDawg and Truduct like this.
  6. Truduct

    Truduct Well-Known Member

    Joined:
    Dec 20, 2014
    Messages:
    1,353
    Likes Received:
    481
    Welcome to the site use the 308 it’s one of the best all around rounds ever made. Get a shotgun and go hunting with a 12ga and a 308 you can kill anything in North America. I would be hesitant on Brown Bear and moose with a 308 but it would kill one.
     
  7. James N.

    James N. New Member

    Joined:
    Thursday
    Messages:
    7
    Likes Received:
    6
    *************************************************************************************************************

    Thanks for the advice. I have a savage .308 (lefty) and the reason for the airguns is they are challenging and enviro friendly w/non -lead, etc. I live in Orange and want to find an area close to me to get out there and practice hunting skills. It would be even better to partner up with a mentor alsoto be instructed properly.

    J
     
    Moves likes this.
  8. WaterDawg

    WaterDawg Active Member

    Joined:
    Nov 20, 2016
    Messages:
    377
    Likes Received:
    178
    Welcome James. I’m in the OC too and the closest places to hunt are San Jacinto WA, CNF, and south side of the SBDO NF. If you have bucks for a private club you can shoot Prado Dam area. All of these are within one hour of you. Of course there is the Mohave Desert 1.5 hours away. Buy the OnX app!
     
    Moves likes this.
  9. James N.

    James N. New Member

    Joined:
    Thursday
    Messages:
    7
    Likes Received:
    6
    Very cool. I know nothing about shooting and would love to partner up with some seasoned hunters to watch, mimic and learn :) I'll buy that App, thanks! ;)
     
    Moves likes this.
  10. James N.

    James N. New Member

    Joined:
    Thursday
    Messages:
    7
    Likes Received:
    6
    Let me rephrase that, "I know nothing about HUNTING", I know a bit about shooting. :p
     
    Moves likes this.
  11. Moves

    Moves Member

    Joined:
    Jun 1, 2012
    Messages:
    32
    Likes Received:
    7
    Hi James,

    I'm right here in Anaheim and fairly new to this site as well.

    I've taken Monday off to go shooting in the desert off the 15 and Hodge Rd (hour and a half away). If you like to shoot with me, I'm up for that. I'll be leaving about 9am.

    Joel


    Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
     
  12. Bonecollector00

    Bonecollector00 New Member

    Joined:
    Dec 8, 2014
    Messages:
    8
    Likes Received:
    6
    Welcome to the site. I also would highly recommend getting yourself a decent semi auto 12g...once you do that let the addiction begin
     
    Gspman likes this.
  13. James N.

    James N. New Member

    Joined:
    Thursday
    Messages:
    7
    Likes Received:
    6
    Joel, very kind of you, however, I have a bit of work this week. Keep in touch, we'll go some time soon :)
    I hear ya. I just got a Benjamin Marauder. :D. So in a little while :D
     
  14. Moves

    Moves Member

    Joined:
    Jun 1, 2012
    Messages:
    32
    Likes Received:
    7
    Okay, man. If you ever get that shotgun, I go skeet shooting at Prado Olympic Shooting Park on weekdays during lunch.

    Joel


    Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
     
  15. James N.

    James N. New Member

    Joined:
    Thursday
    Messages:
    7
    Likes Received:
    6
    Yeah, I have to return a Pellet gun and then could pick up a shotgun :)
     
    Moves likes this.
  16. TonyS

    TonyS Member

    Joined:
    Jan 18, 2014
    Messages:
    365
    Likes Received:
    20
    Hunitng in OC is goihg to be slim pickin's. Put gas in the truck.
     
  17. Moves

    Moves Member

    Joined:
    Jun 1, 2012
    Messages:
    32
    Likes Received:
    7
    Well, had a good shoot in the desert! Measured out 200 yds, checked zero and had a blast learning my gun! :)
    upload_2018-1-16_14-49-7.png
     
  18. SurfNHuntSD

    SurfNHuntSD Well-Known Member

    Joined:
    Oct 1, 2013
    Messages:
    1,735
    Likes Received:
    335
    Cool.. what are you shooting? Is that up Hodge Rd.? I'd like to shoot up there some time.. every now and then I visit my inlaws in Rancho and my BIL shoots up there, but I haven't gotten around to it. Let me know if you go regularly.
     
  19. Moves

    Moves Member

    Joined:
    Jun 1, 2012
    Messages:
    32
    Likes Received:
    7
    It's a Tikka T3X Lite in .308 win, with a Leupold VX1 3-9x40mm.

    Yeah, I went off Hodge Rd and the 15 fwy. I've shot there twice now. I found a spot that was longer and flatter for getting to 200 yds.

    I have kids, so getting out on the weekend is quite tough for me so to take a day to go shooting I take a weekday off to do it. But, if you warn me, we can totally do it!
     

Share This Page