Hunting can be such a solitary activity that it can be hard to meet others when you get started. But there are many ways to connect with other hunters!
Your first tactic should be to find in-person opportunities. Contact your state wildlife agency office and ask them for their recommendations. Find state agency hunting info by checking http://wheretohunt.org.
You can also ask your friends, coworkers, neighbors, and family if anyone hunts, and see if you can accompany them. Visit your local outdoors or sporting goods store—such as Cabela’s, Gander Mountain, Dick’s Sporting Goods, or Bass Pro Shops—and talk to the staff. Many of these stores also have posted flyers about events and activities. You can also join one of the many hunting clubs and organizations—there are lots out there, so start by searching online for the type of game you’d like to hunt.
While you’re online, you can take advantage of social media opportunities, too. Visit hunting conversation forums on places like reddit’s /r/hunting to talk with hunters from all over the world. U.S. hunters can try meeting local hunters via local interest groups on Meetup. Search for other forums such as HuntingNet.com or other local groups.
With just a bit of luck, you’ll be able to meet hunters, get great tips and suggestions, and make some new friends.