so i havent been hunting in about 10 years and i was only 16 then on top of that i was in florida, in areas i knew well. i dont know a whole lot about the areas, game nor the laws for hunting in oregon. so this is kinda what im looking for as far as the quick run down before i start doing the real research: not really considering big game because im not trying to drag something out of the forest that weighs more than i do and i only weigh 140. i think i would prefer small game that will still make for a good meal. that being said i would still prefer to only have to bag one animal to be happy with 5-6 servings from it. anyone have any suggestions on target game with that in mind? i dont have a rifle appropriate for this either, being as my sks is too powerful for small to medium size game and its not very accurate past 100 yards. on the other hand i would prefer to have something with a bit more power than a .22. i was considering something in .223 and i havnt found anything as far as an in between. would .223 be appropriate for what im talking about? as far as shotguns go, i realize you can use a 12 ga. and take a wide range of game without doing anything besides changing the shot type but id rather fire a single projectile. also needs to be a budget rifle. not knowing a whole lot about the forest areas in oregon, i would like to know more about how to stay found and if i get lost, how to stay alive long enough to be found. i see on the news every year, a group and/or person gets lost and they dont get found unlit the snow melts. are there classes that can be taken for this; are there hunter safety courses that have this in addition to the requirements for the card? if not, is there anyone willing to let me tag along so i can learn from someone with experience here? speaking of the hunter safety course, i took one in florida but i have no idea where my card went. all the same im not opposed to re-taking it for a refresher. what would be a good place for this? i assume it is required for a hunting permit. i also noticed someone posting a reminder for people to report their game by a certain date, how does this work? in florida you would just fill out a quick form and drop in in a box as you left the area you were hunting. lastly, the quick and dirty on requirements for a permit, and yes i will be reading the laws but reading what you guys understand to be the law will help me get started. any tips are very welcome if i missed something important.