I've never really been hunting before, and have really taken an interest in it. I will be pheasant hunting for the first time this season w/ my buddy. I'm sure it will be fun, but I am looking into deer hunting. I don't have a rifle yet (have a 12 ga. for the pheasants), and I'll give myself till next season so I have time to buy one, some equipment, and join a shooting club to meet others who can help me out, maybe have me tag along. I was wondering if you guys could put together a list for me of the items I'll need, including opinions on caliber/ scopes etc.. Also, I'm sure with every successful hunt there are costs associated with processing the meat, and maybe a trophy down the line . I know it all depends on the size of the animal, but if someone could throw a ballpark figure my way that would be cool. Sorry for the novel here, but I'm starting from scratch..