I got a late and different path to start hunting. I didn't start until I was 28 as I had no hunters in the family. I was a fisherman since I was a toddler though. And a boy scout til the "uncool" age of 16 with lots of camping and outdoors time. Around my mid 20's a couple of co-workers I was close with were bowhunters and used to practice at a local archery shop indoor range. I used to tag along with them, trying their bows and eventually bought a used Bear whitetail bow from the same archery shop. When deer season came around they were off doing that.
After a couple of years of shooting with them, they talked me into taking the course and getting my archery license. I tagged along with them and was hooked. Didn't get a deer (missed the same deer twice as I recall) so the following year I bought a Remington 870, and got my first deer (spike) that I absolutely made a mess of by having to shoot the thing way too many times.
60 or 70 deer later, I don't have to shoot them so much, lol.