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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Big Sister: "You should be sponsored by Allen"
Me: "If you can't shoot good, at least look good walking to the firing line."
Big Sister: "Can you not afford a Pelican? Then buy an Allen gun bag."