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What's your hunting schedule?

I'm sure most of you guys or gals on here are like me. You have to work for a living. You have families to take care, a job to work, church to attend, activities to attend that your children or grand children may be involved in, and just the daily things that life throws at you. I know when it's deer season I try and get every possible time out in the woods I can. Do you guys just usually wait for the weekends, evenings, take some vacation time for hunting, how do you do it?

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Me,i'm lucky enuff that

Me,i'm lucky enuff that property i hunt is just ten minutes from house.Job wise i'm lucky not so lucky,company is fix'n to fold in next couple of month's.Fixin to fill out the second application i've ever done in the past 30 year's.But as of now,workin close i do go late in afternoon on occassion's.Vacation's,i try an take a week off durin the rut,dont no what is gonna happen this year though.This is why i could'nt get back on Ga lease.Dont have grandkid's(yet),we've got five between us an none are interested in huntin(15 to 21).3 girl's,2 boy's...Boy's are to lazy they'd rather be chase'n skirt's or play'n vidieO game's.I do have a 20 year old that i've adopted(not reely)that loves it.He is son of friends of our's.Weekend's that's where you'll find me,got two week's vacation still come'n to me,guess i'd better grab them an growl.Dont wanna sound like i'm be'n a cry baby but with wife not work'n now,since this time last year.This time last year she was diagnosed with Chrones,it has put a hurtin on us.She does'nt get out in wood's like she use to,some day's are good some bad.Matter of fact she has Another treatment tomorrow.But we get out there as much as we can,We love this season,We wait all year for it,Hate to see it leave...

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I do work, but have a job where I can pretty much set my own schedule much of the time. I always make a point to be out on M/L & rifle opening days for both Kentucky and Tennessee (I live close to the Ky/Tn border). After the opener I will continue to hunt as much as possible the first week of the season, but may work on bad weather days, looking ahead to better forcasts for hunting time. Most of my areas are private lands, so restricted to very few other hunters (if any).

I am also hoping to include a trip to Indiana their opening week of deer gun. I had a very enjoyable trip there last year, hunting with a Buddy and even whacked a decent deer too. As both Ky and In open on the same day this year (rifle), I'm hoping to get lucky during the short early Ky muzzleloader season and harvest a nice buck. We shall see! Bottom line is that from mid October to 1 January, hunting is first on my list and I plan to be out there 30-40 days or so; or until I punch my buck tags in Ky, Tn, and In.

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Well, it truly depends on

Well, it truly depends on where I am, and what I am hunting.  Back in Vermont, I lived 15 minutes from my treestand.  I could literally go in to the stand for a few hours before work, or after work, and have time for a quick hunt.  Plus, the rifle season was only 2 weeks, so I would go as much as I could to get hunting time in the woods.

However, out here in California, things are different.  First and foremost, I am an hour from the closest one of my spots.  So, I can't just run out the door after work, and need to plan accordingly.  I will stick to occasional weekends, or if I have some sort of appointment, I will take the day off and use that day to hit the woods.  It's not so bad though, because the rifle season is 5 weeks, and the archery is over 3 months, so that leaves for some time to spread out my hunts.

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Under normal conditions I

Under normal conditions I rarely take extra time off. I will hunt opening Saturday and then my normal days off after that. Most of teh rifle seasons are 9 days long now so I can usually pull four days off. Other than that I can also usually hunt after work as I can schedule myself early enough to get out there. I can hit the brush about 30 minutes after I clock out with taking time to quickly change. Depending on the season and the time chage I get one to three hours that way. I get plenty of vacation as I have 5 weeks now but try to save it for going out of state a couple of times. I usually cash 2 or three weeks out for the money to help defer the cost of the trips. Between me and my kids we hunt everyseason so that's the only way to make it work.

This year is different as I will be leaving for 13 days next week for my limited elk hunt. I believe that's the longest vacation I've ever taken. Of course if things go well I will head back early and get back to work and save those days off, but at least I have them if I need them.

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Most of my biggame hunts get planned by February or March the year of, or at least by the application deadline.  However some years (including this one) I have waited til the summer to buy left-over or OTC tags.  These days I keep my biggame hunting limited to only two seasons or two species only, so basically two seperate trips.  I like to hunt during the week days only, and try to avoid carrying my hunts to include a weekend. I also almost always plan to have a day off after returning home from a biggame hunt, but that day off usually turns into the work of skinning and processing my harvest.

For waterfowl and upland bird hunts, unless I'm going out of state for a number of days, these don't get planned too much. Local day bird hunts get treated just like a fishing trip for the day.  I simply keep my gear packed and ready at a moments notice for when I can get a day free to go. Usually decided the night before.

As the kids get older and more involved in sports, my time available for hunting is getting more scarce.  That's okay though because I've done plenty of hunting in my life, so I don't mind giving a lot of it up temporarily while I watch the kids grow and become more involved in their activities.  I know time flies and it won't be long before my son and daughters will be old enough to go hunting with me. Big smile

 

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I,m lucky to. I live 10 min from a state forrest, now days hardly i see any hunters during the week. 3,500 acres to my self . Mostly deer, some rabbits, use to be turkeys before the coyotes came. I would like to hunt them.But state ca'nt tell if your hunting yotes or deer.

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hunter12 wrote:

now days hardly i see any hunters during the week.

That's mainly the reason I chose to hunt only during the weekdays Big smile

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  My profile name says it

 

My profile name says it all.  However, most of my hunts are planned well in advance based on the draw tags won or the leftover tags purchased.  I won't make it to Dad's farm by Tappan Lake, Ohio this year for bow or gun deer season but that is because of the hunts planned here.  This year depending on the big game I am 2 hours to 3.5 hours one-way from my hunting site.  Then I also have the luxury of just going out whenever I want for small game and those areas are 1 to 2 hours away. 

 

 

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I usually don't plan any

I usually don't plan any hunts. I pretty much know what my schedule is and I watch the weather and hope it cooperates. For example, this week I got out this morning, I will be able to also get out Wedneday morning, and Thursday evening. After that I won't be able to get out until next Monday morning. The only real time I definitely have plans to hunt is the last week of October and the first 2 1/2 weeks of November. I take my vacation during that time every year and during that time I am pretty much a hunting machine.  

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The only hunt that I really

The only hunt that I really schedule is my elk hunt, and it is also the only hunt that I always take time off from work to do.  I usually try to take a week off for my elk hunt, and there usually isn't much flexibility with timing due to the short rifle seasons in Colorado.  

For turkey hunting in Nebraska, I generally try to keep an eye on the forecast to pick a weekend that looks like it should have favorable hunting conditions.  If the rest of my schedule and the weather cooperates, I try to make it up a second time before season closes if necessary.  

Since my deer and antelope areas are more accessible, I do not feel as pressured to get additional time in the field.  For rifle deer or antelope seasons, I try to have a weekend open, preferably opening weekend, that I can dedicate to those hunts.  If possible, I use a vacation day on these hunts as well.  For archery deer and antelope, I just try to pick free time on weekends, or evenings if at all possible.  

Any other hunting (prairie dogs, coyotes, pheasants, etc.), I simply fit in as the opportunity arises.  Luckily, my wife is pretty understanding of my hunting preoccupation, so I try not to take advantage of her patience.