Travis Cannon, Welcome to the forum.
I caught the "under 18" in your first post. I started several years earlier, myself, but you must follow the rules of your state. Shaman has it right, read that rule book completely, then remember that (at least in mine) it states @" this booklet does not contain ALL rules" So I have my DNR on speed dial as well. They will not mind a bit if you call with questions. In fact, they like it. They like knowing that a young (or old ) hunter is thinking, and showing interest. You help keep them on their toes as well.
A new product came out, and I had questions as to if it was legal or not, and the ODNR had not heard of the new product! Turns out razorheads that project a lazer pointer, are NOT legal here, but I would not have known that until I had ordered them and used them. It is not in the rule book, because they didn't know about it. So, by all means, contact your DNR with questions.
As to your age, even if your age is legal in your area, I would recommend help from an experienced hunter, at least to start. I'm 49, and I hunt with a partner most of the time. It makes the work easier, and we look out for each other. We may hunt in different areas, but we know help will be there if something goes wrong.
This is a friendly group, so feel free to ask for guidance, or ideas. And read the forums, there is a ton of information here.
The only real difference between a good tracker and a bad tracker is observation. All the same data is present for both. The rest is understanding what you are seeing.