Novice hunter - just completed my Hunting Safety Class this past weekend and wanted to share my experience. Completed my on-line portion - and was actually impressed with the rigor and breadth - then had to find someone offering the 4 hour class to receive my Certificate of Completion. I registered through the DFG Website with Doug's Wilderness Adventures for the 4 hour follow on class. Having talked with the DFG folks, I knew that the folks giving the classes are volunteers who aren't getting paid. Frankly, I expected a boiler plate experience teaching us the test that would be done in about 2 hours. I was blown away - Doug - a fireman here in SD who guides hunts in the Western US - treated our class like he was teaching folks he would having to be hunting with. We walked through the practical things we'd need to know - where to put a killing shot - using one of his mules as a living model -- mil dot ranging, bullet selection based on his experience with thin and thick skinned game -- way beyond the book answer and explained in simple, practical terms. Our graduation exercise was a 90 minute game walk across his property spotting game sign, reading wind and weather. Between our class and nature walk, Doug and Michelle managed a home cooked lunch anchored around Elk chili. Yes - our four hour class was actually a 6.5 hour hunting class - taught by someone who really cares and knows what he is talking about. So -- if you are looking for a class that will get you started on the right foot, Doug's is the right place to start. I suspect his guided hunting trips are just as educational and rewarding.
I recently took an advanced hunter course with Doug. He showed us how to kill, gut, skin, quarter, and butcher a hog. The same principles can be used on all big game. Doug was excellent. I would recommend him for anyone looking for this type of class. Money well spent (very inexpensive).
X3 for Doug. Good guy, great class. Took it last year
How do I get in contact with Doug?
Here ya go Woodster
Doug's Wilderness Adventures
24256 Viejas Grade Rd Descanso, CA 91916
Jeff "Jesse" James - Owner of Jesse's Hunting & Outdoors
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I did my (post-online) hunters' ed with Doug, the hog butchering class, and took my first pig ever (used my bow) in one of his beginner hunts, and have learned a lot. I'd definitely recommend him. The large lunches served during the classes are very tasty (got a pit-cooked pig with sides for the butchering, and chili and hot dogs for the hunters' ed).
When I've called their main number in the daytime, I usually get Michelle (Doug's wife) and she's very helpful in answering questions.
Last edited by 99luftbalut; 04-10-2013 at 09:49 PM.
that sound like a real cool class. i wish we had one like that up here in kern. i was just thinking about this the other day. i want to take the field/game class.