I'm a rookie that is looking forward to hunting for my first time. I'm signed up for a Hunters Safety course in January and have solid shooting skills at this point. I'm not a rookie shooter ... for inanimate targets .. but am a rookie for animals. I'm confident that I can make / pass on the shot as need be and take the animal quickly and as humanely as possible. My plan is to go for an Antelope as my first big game animal as I've been told it's a good place to start and the meat is good from my own experience (maybe not as good as some other animals but plenty good for stew / Chili etc ...)
What I'm not at all confident about at this point is what to do afterwords! I've read various blogs and articles on field dressing an animal, but frankly most are written with an assumption that the reader has reasonable familiarity with what one is doing. Should I go through an outfitter the first time so I can observe the process or can anyone suggest some good books etc ...? I know this is a bit vague, but any pointers would be appreciated.