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Question by SDHUNTERMN. Uploaded on October 12, 2009
Go to college. Get a good job. Hunting deer for a living will get old quick. I couldn't imagine being away from my family the time necessary to make a living at it. It may look glamorous but they pay the price.
Invest very well, win the lottery, inherrit a lot of money! I'm the same way and I'm actually pretty good at it. Now I can't even afford to hunt at all. Good luck!!
Here's your lottery numbers for today:
Ask Grandaddy moneybags to leave you a small fortune and then head out to Iowa, Illinois, Ohio, Kansas, Missouri, Texas and start buying up all the land for sale. Next hire me and alot of the other people on this website to come work for you managing all that property for deer. Then you can hunt all you want to.
I think you would have to be a guide.
It's a great dream, but you better have a backup plan.
You will have to live very simple. Just come to the U.P. and live in a debris hut in the Ottawa National Forest.
The easiest way I know is to...........FALL ASLEEP!
you could become a guide you would be huning deer but someone else would be making the shot
be a hunting guide
Do the next best thing. Go to school and get a degree in something that has to do with the outdoors. I love hunting and the outdoors and too have a fantasy of becoming a professional hunter, but that's just not practical. I'm going to school to study conservation management and environmental science, I figure if I can't hunt everyday I can at least make places better to hunt for others and improve wildlife.
JHawes hit the nail on the head. I had the same dream as you, and now I am a wildlife biologist, and I love my job! Also, if you choose to go the route of the guide, you will be a much more valuable guide with a wildlife biology degree. Experience counts for everything, so start getting experience now by volunteering with your state wildlife agency.
When choosing a college, pick one with good wildlife biology program in the following states: Texas, Wyoming, Colorado, Arizona, Idaho, or California. There are plenty of great schools on the East coast...but there's no jobs on the east coast, so avoid going to school there.
Finally, while you are pursuing a degree, do not spend your summers working at the local supermarket. Find summer jobs that are directly related to your field of study. Again, experience counts for everything, and by the time you graduate, you will have a much more impressive resume than your classmates who went back to their summer jobs working at grocery stores.
i see alot of mistakes of hunters on these hunting shows on versus channel,alot with a bow,gut shot,in the shoulder and the back-come on and their on tv,tred barta for one.
I wasn't a Tred Barta fan, but I won't kick him while he's down.
thanks for the tips, I have been trying to win the lottery, but they never seem get the point that in order for me to win, they have to pick MY numbers. Oh I actually did go to school for an outdoor field and currently work in an outdoor field, (FS) but it leaves something to be desired. I don't think i could get tired of deer hunting, its always a new adventure, so until I figure it out, I am going to keep saving my dimes waiting for my break
About 8 answers above me is the best answer. I had a laugh at that one thanks Skeeb
If your out in the woods and have the oppurtunity to hunt then you are already living the dream
Well...if you've got the degree and you're working in an outdoor field, it sounds like you're on the right track. Here are some job websites that may help you on your journey:
There are two main ways to make it in the hunting industry: money and connections. If you are still in college, I would recommend going into a technical field that makes pretty good money (engineering for example). Although an outdoor major may be okay, if hunting for the rest of your life is your dream, then do something that makes you good money starting out so you can use it to invest in land, equipment, and other stuff. A good option would be invest some money in real estate so that you can use the cashflow from it to hold you up while you are trying to get a name for yourself in the industry...How do you get a name? Literally, do anything and everything you can to meet and get your name out there. Write articles for magazines, newspapers, online blogs, children books that are geared towards outdoorsmen. One of the best avenues I've found is turkey calling competitions. The industry is full of turkey callers, and it's because the older people are willing to teach you and help you achieve your dreams. Finishing top in the state/nation automatically certifies you as one of the elite turkey hunters, whereas deer hunting has no competitions to give you any credibility. Get started with turkey calling/hunting and then once your name is out there, move to deer hunting. Through calling alone, I have gotten a job guiding deer hunts in Illinois, and turkey hunts in Nebraska. Once I am out there, I am sure I will meet many clients and landowners who may help further me.
Lee Lakosky made his mark through writing and Michael Waddell through calling. The third way is get yourself a camera and a friend that shares the interest and take turn filming eachother on hunts. This has many advantages: 1) You get used to filming, 2) You get used to talking in front of the camera, 3) You begin to figure out if this is really something you want to do, 4) You can send your footage in to big names in the industry such as Realtree and Mossy Oak. Learn the ropes of filming, editing, and production, and you will have a leg up on the rest. If you can get in with a local show and learn on their dollar, all the better!
If there's one thing you should know, I would say that it is an achievable dream. If you've ever seen the movie, "Where the Red Fern Grows", you have to meet God halfway. If this is something you really, really want, you have to always be looking for opportunities to meet people and make connections. People may tell you you need luck but luck is no more than where "preparation meets opportunity." Prepare by putting yourself in the right situation, and when the opportunity presents itself, be ready to jump aboard.
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