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Brand New to Hunting/seeking permit advice and potentially even mentor

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Hey all, my name is Joe and I am brand new to hunting. I grew up fly fishing, backpacking, and camping, however, hunting or even guns just weren't part of the family tradition (but i get the sense this forum likes black sheep). I have completed hunters ed, i am a good shot w my .22, and i can hike all day, but i am still brand new and need some guidance.

Helped a guy pack out and elk just over 7 miles this fall and absolutely loved it, even though it was brutal, so i am pretty committed to the sport. I feel like if i didnt hate myself after that, this hunting thing is for me

Should i try and start pooling points for hunts down the line? Should i try and get in field w hunts that have low success rate but high draw odds just for exposure? Do i put in for LE or Once in a lifetime hunts? I understand the value of stockpiling points but would love to get out and really hunt this fall.
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I think you'd have better/more responses if you posted in the "hunting forum"????
My philosophy is put in for everything you can, start building points and I try to put in for something every year that I know I will draw so I can hunt. The Dedicated Hunter program suits the bill for me to be able to hunt every year.
So put in for everything, start building points for harder to draw tags that interest you. Put in for an easy to draw general unit so you can hunt frequently (think archery) and gain experience. Don't overlook the antlerless hunts either.
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