OK, so I just moved up to Oregon from Las Vegas, NV - and Vegas ain't exactly prime hunting territory. I know precisely zero about hunting, so I'm going to ask some very noobish questions in the spirit of "the only dumb question is the one that doesn't get asked." So, I'm thinking I'd like to start by hunting small game - rabbits, perhaps, or squirrels, or something small. I need to be able to dress anything I catch in the field and bring it home in a medium-sized ice chest, and I'd be hunting for food (as opposed to pelts or trophies). Second, the only firearm I currently have to my name is a Springfield XD 40 pistol. I'd like to hunt with that, but I don't know how realistic that is - I imagine that's rather a large caliber for what I propose to hunt, but I don't know how big an issue that is. I'd really like to hunt pistol, though, instead of rifle, as part of the exercise is getting some meaningful practice in with a handgun. Finally, for my first trip or two out into the field, I think it'd be tremendously helpful to have a guide who can make sure I'm not about to do anything phenomenally silly. I'm not sure what I need there, though - I don't really want the whole "hunting expedition" package; maybe just a more casual guided trip, but I don't even know what I don't know - so I'm not sure what kind of help I need. So, my three questions: 1. What are my small-game food-hunting options in the Northwest Oregon area? 2. Given that I understand long-gun hunting is *much* easier, is it feasible to hunt small game with a .40 caliber, or any other caliber of handgun? 3. Before I go make a pig's breakfast of anything out in the field, what kind of assistance should I look into? Recommendations for people or guide companies welcome. Thanks!