Finally! First time hunting. Looks like son and I will be heading north (to Vermont) to bear hunt this weekend. We were supposed to go last weekend, but that got cancelled to a freak October snowstorm (yes, a lot of Connecticut is still out of power). I made a thread last fall about starting out hunting: http://glocktalk.com/forums/showthread.php?t=1276981 Now we are doing it. We will be hunting from a friend's cabin. My plan is simple -- I picked out a rough rectangle area bounded by roads. As long as we don't cross a road, we will be able to get back to the cabin. Go out early in the morning, with a combination of walking then sitting for awhile in heavy woods. We have the licenses and all the necessary paperwork. We are using 30-30 lever action Winchesters with iron sights. We are very confident with these out to 60 yards. 100 yds is fine also, but I prefer closer using the iron sights. My friend (who owns the cabin), will be there but is not planning on going out in the woods with us. We are bringing enough food for dinner and breakfast and extra canned food as "thanks". He is very experienced, and offered to help take care of any bear we come back with (thank God, because I've never done anything like that!) - honestly, I think he is expecting us to not get anything. I am thrilled just to get out hunting, whether or not I actually shoot my gun. I told my son that if we actually see anything, he can take the first shot as I will probably be reaching for the camera first! (plus, I would be proud as heck for him to get something!) We are leaving this afternoon. The weather looks like it will be perfect - morning starting out at 25F up to sunny 45F in the daytime. I can't wait!