I've been wanting to hunt for a long time now, but have never had either the time or money. I've been a few times on my grandparents property, but it wasn't anything serious. Due to some big changes recently (mostly for the worst), I've got some time and money freed up to be able to start. I'm trying to get an idea on how much its going to cost me to get started. I just moved, and am now living about 15 minutes away from a WMA that hasn't been hunted since 9/11 (on a military base). I figure permit and tags would be around $100. About $50-100 in clothing, $150 for a stand, $50 in ammo to get dialed in, and to find something that the gun likes, another $100 in misc (I'm not going fancy with GPS and rangefinders), then of course a gun. I'm debating on either a Marlin 336W or a Tikka T3 Lite SS in 270. I'm leaning more toward the Tikke because I can get it for around $700-725 OTD, with Nikon Prostaff 3-9x40. Its a cheap scope, but I can always upgrade next year. So I'm looking at about $800-850 with the Marlin, or $1150-1225 with the Tikka. Big price difference, but the Tikka would probably get me a deer this season. I can drop $100 off the price due to having a gift certificate, and probably another $100-200 off of everything but the stand and gun, because of a deal I've got setup with somebody. This year, I'm just looking to gain experience and to put a little meat in the freezer. The area I'm going to be hunting has a pretty big population, so I should have no problem with seeing deer. Just have to do my part on the shooting end. I don't have to be in to work til 10, so I'll be able to hunt up to about 9 on weekdays before having to head in. Just looking for opitions on the guns I'm looking at and on what misc to get. I've already got the basics, (compass, binoculars, quality raingear). I'd really like to meet up with somebody to kinda of show me the ropes. The biggest thing is post shot. Tracking, if the deer actually runs a ways, and field dressing. Its embarrassing that I don't know this stuff, but I come from city folk.