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.
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"Boy Scout Problem #18: Living with the fear that one day someone will find out you can't tie anything more complicated than a square knot."