I bagged my first deer with Pops looking over my shoulder, or I should say, with Pop also sighted in on said deer just in case.
The importance of having a good instructor is key, but there is something to be said about the responsibility of that first solo hunt.
A good mentor/instructor should be able to instill enough responsiblity and skill in a new hunter to where that first hunt will be just as succesful as any previous guided hunt.
"Growing up as both a Southern and the son of a child of the '50s, I was imprinted with several things that have long stuck with me. The F-86 Saber Jet was the finest fighter ever flown, the National League is always superior, and Leslie Coffelt
was the finest revovler shooter since Mr. Ed."