Hello, Trish and welcome to the forum.
Hunting is a great sport, I know you will enjoy it ! Not only is hunting itself satisfying, but it can lead to so many other great interests that surround animals and weapons; shooting competitions, wild life management, cooking, historical reenactments, you name it, Im probably involved in some way.
I see you are from Michigan. Michigan offers a great contest every year, the Pure Michigan Hunt, where you apply and are put into a lottery-type drawing. They draw 3 winners and those who win are able to hunt black bear, deer and elk for that year. That is SO cool ! Id love to apply! ( looks like out-of-staters can apply, however they are not eligible for the Elk part of the hunt)
But thats ok !
It would just be an honor to be chosen.
Have you completed any type of hunters education?
I look forward to your questions and input .
Thank you for your interest