I pretty new to archery all together. I 've spent over a year learning archery and improving technique. I got a bow built for me and my strength and size. I am taking my time to further improve my effective range and discipline. In California, I've taken my hunter's ed course (required for first time hunters) I'm an avid fisherman freshwater, deep water and Kayak. The skill, the wait, the understanding the environment, the knowing your equipment are all completely understandable to me. Here's the problem I have yet to solve. How do you learn where and what? The maps of where you can hunt and what in my area are as confusing as algebra to a 1st grader. With kayak fishing, if your going out to a new spot or going deep, you take some one with you, you partner up. you sure as hell don't go out your first time by yourself unless you want a discouraging bad time. (I know from experience). Nobody that I know, hunts. if they do, it's duck all from a blind in an area in socal built specifically for duck hunting. Furthermore no one I know even knows how to draw a bow. I've looked into apprentice hunts that CAFW offer but of course there are none available for some reason. I feel most hunters are introduced young, or are introduced by some one who hunts but how does some one without ties learn besides reading? How do you partner up if you don't know anyone? I can watch all the videos and read all the books but it doesn't walk with me in the wilderness and point out what to look for. I'm sure I sound a bit whiney but I really want to do this right. I want this to be as cathartic and as much a part of my life as fishing. I want to be safe. I appreciate any and all positive feedback and support.