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.