This has not been the best of seasons for me so far.
October started off looking like a great season. I had been able to take time away from work and family and spend the first 5 days of Bow season on my families farm and hunt. Although I did not have a good opportunity to shoot anything, I was blessed with seeing quite a few deer and other animals around the property that made me very hopeful for the coming season.
Then came November. —^—/\-^-/\-^-/\-^-/\—^—^—/\____________, and my season flatlined.
As the school system started to allows children to return to school for the first time since this pandemic started, I was busy with my wife preparing for our son to return to a semi normal life.
On his first day back in the building he came home and was feeling quite unlike himself. By the second day of returning he had several symptoms of the COVID 19 virus and we took him for testing. This started a small domino effect that put my season on a failing life-support. As most of you know, once you are tested you are supposed to remain isolated until results come back and then you adjust accordingly. Quarantine or return tho life as usual. My company had me stay home with my son until he got results which would be a good excuse to hit the woods, but I decided to forgo that to be here to watch over him and make sure he was doing ok and eating and resting.
Negative results from his test were promising, but he was still feeling a bit under the weather. By this time I was returning to my regular work schedule and also making plans for Thanksgiving. Those plans also flatlined. For the first time I can remember, none of my family got together for the holiday. So two days before Thanksgiving I was running around to our local grocery store trying to buy everything I needed to cook a full Thanksgiving meal for my wife and two children.
Now we are already into December and our home is in Christmas mode. Tree is up. Decorations are out. Some presents have been purchased, ordered, or designed to be made. While others are still in the “need to get” list. My job is an “every-other-weekend” type of schedule so I am quickly running out of available time to put my first deer in the freezer for 2020.
A part of me is hopeful that this hunting season will make a recovery soon and be able to be saved; but a small voice inside of my head is telling me to let got and pull the plug. Maybe this is just another little sign that 2020 needs to rest in pieces.