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Not happy, but not much I could have done.

Had planned to leave this past Friday morning for this years elk and deer hunting trip. What makes this story so bad is that I just don't have the extra time any more to spend a week or more out hunting big game, so we had only planned Friday, Saturday, and return today late in the afternoon. We applied for our tags in April, and got them in June/July. Limited draw, only good for this week, cow elk and buck deer. Began gathering up and packing my equipment, clothing, and buying food for the trip earlier in the week. Tuesday morning at work I'm beginning to feel it, scratchy throat, burning nostrils, so on. By that night I was begining to feel a little fatigued and ached. Wednesday I was developing all the full classic symptoms of the flu. I should have called in sick and tried to recover, but had way too much to get done before I left for the trip. Thursday was just too sick to even get out of bed, and that lasted into Friday night. Wife took my temp and said I had a fever of 102°F. Saturday felt like it began to lift and was good enough to get out of bed, but still felt very weak and drained, not in any condition to be out hunting. Uuuggg!!! Trip cancelled. Called by hunting partner Thursday and said only one thing - "I've got the flu". Felt really bad since everyone else involved in going had cancelled within a month ago and it was just down to the two of us.

The season for the unit we had tags for didn't start until yesterday the 21st. I could have attempted to get a refund on my tags, but was just too sick to care on Thursday or Friday. Oh well, most of the hunting I do is for ducks and pheasant anyway, as I can always do that stuff more often throughout the season and make either a full day or half day of it. Only go big game once per season anyway, guess there is always next year.

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Not happy, but not much I could have done.

A disappointment for sure, fully understand, been there myself.
Glad your on the mend Thumbs up

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Man, I know how you feel. Deer season starts this Friday so I was planning on taking Fri. and the rest of the next week off to hunt. Well, the boss comes over and said that he had some courses for me to take. I'm in courses this wed, thurs, Fri of this week and Mon, Tues, and Wed. of next week. Well atleast I have Saturday right... wrong! Brick Wall,) One of my best friends are getting a surprise B'day party and it is at 4:00p on Sat. Brick Wall,) Well, I will be out Sat. AM so maybe the planets will line up and I'll see something. Think Brick Wall,)

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Not happy, but not much I could have done.

That's too bad. You must have been REALLY sick! I would need to be nearly dead to miss a hunting trip.

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Not happy, but not much I could have done.

That really STINKS Brick Wall,) How did the partner handle the news? Did go anyways?

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Not happy, but not much I could have done.

He was disappointed as I was. I haven't spoken to him yet. I'm planning on making it up to him in some way or form. His wife and my wife have talk all the time, I mean we're all friends. Really the way I was feeling I would have been a real hinderance anyway. Couldn't even pick up my sleeping cot let alone the rest of my gear and then drive, pack in, set up, then hunt in rugged terrain and weather. I assume he did not go since we were mainly going for cow elk. Can't really pack one of those out yourself. Just one of those things, it just sucks because I just rarely ever get sick. Oh well!

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Not happy, but not much I could have done.

What a friggin' nightmare!!!
Hank

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