My first experience with a gun was a BB gun as a kid. We would shoot aluminum cans in the backyard. My first experience with a firearm were trips out to the desert. My brother had a .22, 12ga Winchester, and Marlin lever action, mainly shooting, cans, wood various pieces of fruit. Another influence was my best friends dad, once again camping trips out in the desert. I bought my first shotgun when I was about 19 or 20. My first hunting experience was with my brother-in-law hunting pheasants up in Pixley. I sold that shotgun and then was inactive for a few years and then about three years ago something inside of me pulled me back to shooting. I joined QU and did my first duck hunt in 2000. Haven't looked back since. I am pretty much self-taught mainly from JHP, books, and the people who I have met through QU.