Hey bro, cant help too much on where you should be looking in some of those areas. Im newer like you, only 2 seasons under my belt but i love it and have as much fun as anybody. Im always looking to hunt with people rather than hunt alone. I have a 12ft jon as well with a little 6hp and kayaks. More than enough to have fun. If ur lookin to get together on a few hunts/scouts let me know, I hunt SZ mostly, just shoot me a PM. Good luck out there!
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