View Full Version : Mentor Wanted Please Help!!!

New Hunter
01-10-2012, 09:48 AM
Hi Everyone!
I've never hunted before and I just got my hunting license yesterday. I aim to hunt in Angeles National Forest, but I couldn't get much info and regulations from the forest ranger. thus, If anyone familiars with that area and interested in hunt for hog, varmint, or rabit, please lend me a hand; I would be very appreciate. :prayin :

01-10-2012, 09:54 AM
Rangers don't really know the regs they're forestry. Fish and game would know. What part of angeles national forest?

Where's Bruce?
01-10-2012, 10:57 AM
I single best investment I ever made in hunting was a guided hunt. I learned more in two hours with a guide than I did in a year on my own. I had great difficulty hooking up with hunters because newbies make common mistakes that ruin the hunt or worse...they repeatedly hunt the mentor's spots and even share them with others. If you are fortunate enough to locate someone willing to show you the ropes, treat them like GOLD because they are.

01-10-2012, 11:58 AM
Check out the other thread you started. I posted the DFG web site link, thats a good start also if you go to a BLM office and forest service office you can purchase maps for a reasonable price. You can go just about anywhere thats not posted or fenced in the desert and find rabbits and like Solus said "what part of Angeles National Forest" are you looking at?

New Hunter
01-10-2012, 11:49 PM
Thank you so much everyone! I've been looking at San Gabriel Wildness. Last time, I drove all the way up to the end of high way 39, but I haven't actually gone into the forest yet. there are couple hiking trails, but I don't know if I can bear my gun walking on those trails or not. I also saw some trail heads, which are not on the map, but I don't know If I can park my car right there and walk into the forest using those trails. Most importantly, I intend to park my car at the West Fork parking and use the trail right there going up Bear Creek, but instead of totally using the trail, I'm gonna head into the middle of the wildness area; however, I don't know If that wildness area is opened for hunting.
Please don't get me wrong; I'm not asking anyone to show me his spot(s), I'm just hopping if anyone can show me how to legally access into the forest with a gun. Like I said, I saw some trail heads along highway 39, but I don't know if I'm allowed, by law, to park my car right there and enter the forest that way (I don't want my car to be towed).
Cjack, thank you so much; I'm gonna find maps for the desert since I have no idea where that is and how to access into it :D
Everyone! Please understand, I have never hunted before!!!


01-11-2012, 08:35 AM
You might think about going to the FOOLS CAMPOUT. Pick some brains and have a good time in the high desert, also you could go hunting bunnies wile your up there, good luck.

01-11-2012, 12:09 PM
Well I'm not familiar with hunting there but do know a couple things that might help you. Thats zone D11. Here's the map http://www.dfg.ca.gov/wildlife/hunting/deer/docs/maps/d11.pdf

Its a non-lead based ammo area.
Looks like there are area thatrequire passes. http://www.fs.fed.us/r5/sanbernardino/ap/maps/anf-overview.shtml

New Hunter
01-12-2012, 12:27 AM
Thank Slanttop! that will be a good opportunity for me to learn. I'll see u there.
I'm gonna go up that San Gabriel Wilderness area to hunt for jackrabbit this Sunday. I'm gonna use my .22 air rifle that day, and like J.O said, I'm not gonna use lead based pellets (I don't know if there are non-lead pellets), but I wondering is that legal for me to use air rifle to harvest rabbits?

01-12-2012, 06:20 AM
Rabbit hunting regs
http://www.fgc.ca.gov/regulations/current/mammalregs.aspx#309 (http://www.fgc.ca.gov/regulations/current/mammalregs.aspx#309)

Method of take is #311

New Hunter
01-12-2012, 08:12 AM
Alright! all set
I'm gonna go up there and give it a try.
Thank you so much J.O

01-13-2012, 03:54 PM
Hey new hunter hit me up later in the year and I'll let u go scouting with me, looking for new spots of course. As for using your air rifle its a big "NO" in L.A. county. I hunt for deer off hwy 39 so if your varmint hunting i did see alot of bobcats this year.

New Hunter
01-15-2012, 12:54 AM
Alright, thank G791, I'll contact you for scouting. I'm looking to hunt some coyotes and bobcats over there as well, so do you know where I can find them? Also, I've hear that there are some areas that you can't discharge firearm along highway 39; is it true?

01-16-2012, 07:45 AM
Some areas are closed that I know are around the dams, river beds and the area around crystal lake and all the campgrounds. Your best bet is to buy a shooting map http://firearmsmaps.com here or another store. If your all geared up, camo, non lead ammo, tags. I have a distress hand call i could take you to a spot where i saw two bobcats the last week of my deer season. I planned on going up and hangin a game cam to see if anything good is up there.

New Hunter
01-16-2012, 09:01 PM
G791! I just sent you a pm