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Ugh.......

Well, I have been all excited for opening day to get here.  So, I was gearing up last week to go out.  Well, Tuesday evening, I go to bed, and check on the boys.  My 1 year old had thrown up everywhere, and I had to stay home with him for the day Wed. Good father that I am..... Wink

So, Thursday comes, and at about the time I am feeling like I just drank a bottle of water too fast, my stomach feels funny.  Just then the phone rings, and the wife tells me that my 5 year old just threw up 3 times.  Huh, maybe is wasn't the water... Yep. 3 hours later, my son and I are b oth one the couch throwing up.

Well, I was fine, but felt weak all day Friday, got better as the day went on.  I figured I was still going to make it.  So, I get home, after the wife had been home with both boys all day, she said she was going up to rest.  Yep, you guessed it, I hear her in the bathroom upstairs.  Ugh. 

So, it took her all day Saturday to recouperate, and I knew I had to be the good husband and Dad and give up my opening day hunt.  No biggie, as our season is 4 months long.  I was just looking forward to it.  I have had a couple of people get sick in our family together, but never had it go through all 4 of us.  It was a fun week.......

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This like all things will

This like all things will pass.  One way or another.  But it is better to be sick at home than out in the woods.   

Nothing like being sick at home when there is hunting to be done.  I remember one year that I got the trots up on the hill about 5 miles away from the truck.  I fertilized every bush from the top of that hill to the bottom.  The next morning I picked up a bottle of Kaopectate and was fine for the rest of the week I was so plugged up.  But the hunting did improve.  That day I killed two deer with one shot.  I hit a 4x4 in the neck and a doe that was standing behind it in the head.  When I explained that to a fish cop he didn't believe me until he dug the bullet out of the doe and saw what shape it was in.  He then gave me a permit to take the doe home. 

The nice thing about that day was that I got 2 deer a limit of trout since we were hunting out of a boat and decided to fish instead of hunt deer and  3 blue grouse that came down to water while we were fishing.  Now that was a fun day. 

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Yeah, i wasn't too worried,

Yeah, i wasn't too worried, cause I do have a long season ahead.  Still stinks though.  Especially since one of the guys on the local forums out here stuck a MONSTER in velvet!!!! Argh!!! lol

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Thats a crappy situation(no

Thats a crappy situation(no pun intended). Being married and having 3 kids i know how fast those bugs will spread through the whole family. Now that the kids are back in school i'm expecting the colds/flu to soon fallow. I really hate this time of year just for that reason. I remember before i was married and had kids i wouldnt get sick but now its 3-4 times during the school year.

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I've been fortunate in that

I've been fortunate in that I've never had to miss any hunting openers or any part of a hunting season for family sickness. I've had to take off work a few times but I was still even able to get paid for that. I've spent a few days out there not feeling so good but never bad enough to make me quit completely.

Fortunately you have plenty of time to hunt with a long season like that but even if you didn't family always come first and you did the right thing.

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Yea what opening day

Yea what opening day hunts!

My huntin buddy decited to get married on the archery opener, and now my wifes girl friend is getting married on the rifle opener.

So switched over to salmon and steelhead fishing on the Feather and Sacromento rivers.

I just loaded some 300wsm rounds for my Nevada hunt, My son and I WILL be there for opening weeked mule deer hunt.

 

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That ought to be a great hunt

That ought to be a great hunt HOG!  Can't wait to see the results!!!

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Bummer

That sucks. I know there is the rest of the season, but the disappointment of missing the date you have been waiting for months is a killer. Does show your a great dad though, and I respect that. Are you getting out there this weekend?

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I might, but it's supposed to

I might, but it's supposed to be in the 90's.  I can't stand hunting in that weather, but then again, I think the reason I was seeing deer on my trail cams, at the end of the day, is because they were headed just over the property line to a pond.  Maybe hunting the hot weather will catch them moving for water.

I grew up in Vermont, and love the cool, crisp fall days, sitting in a tree stand.  So, as soon as the weather breaks and gets more fall-like, I will be out more often.  I will be hunting either Archery or rifle here, and in Vermont, from now until December 31st.  With that long season, and the fact that it's 78 miles each way to one stand, and 40 to the other, I can pick and chose when I go.

 

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Good call

Good call. Doing the right thing is always the right thing to do Thumbs up

I read somewhere once that all we have to do in life is do teh right thing and God will take care of the rest. 

I think that is sage advice. Yes

Good luck out there this year!