Autumn is an amazing time of year. The world is a vibrant color, the air feel crisp and clean, and for some of us it marks the beginning of our favorite outdoor activity; hunting season.
Now just like most of you I look forward to getting all my gear together and inventorying me essentials for the different phases of the season. Lighter wear for early season, thick coverall’s for those colder mornings. Seat for ground hunting, dark camo for inside a blind. But there is one essential thing that must be taken care of in my house before I can load the truck and head off for a weekend in the woods.
Now I say that for lack of a better term. It is more of a clear cut understand of the weekends activities and certification that the household will still be able to maintain while I am away. This is to insure children are watched after, to know who is working and times the are scheduled.
But if you are one of the people who’s partner is not as understanding or supportive of your hunting habits; this is where the term permission really holds true to its definition. This is also where the ground work of the traps are laid.
So here is an example of your typical trap that will he laid out in for you to fall into...(Trust me, i fell into this one a time or two myself).
- I inform my wife several days in advance of plans I have made for a weekend hunting trip.
- I try and discuss the basic plans of my trip, but am are told “ let’s talk about it later”.
- I inquire about other weekend plans and try to find out if child care is needed, but once again I am asked to bring it up later.
- I mention the topic again and start to inquire about any possible conflicts.
- I am told at the last minute of possible plans that seem to have come out of nowhere. This is followed by,“ But you do what you want, I’m not going to tell you what to do or make you stay”.
If I go on my planned trip I will deal with any of the following issues...
- phone calls/ massages the whole time you are gone asking when you will return.
- the cold shoulder before and after my trip, being made to feel guilty for leaving your family to go “hang out with your buddies”.
- I will find out that usually there were no real plans.
- I will have an angry wife because she figures I am in a bad mood for staying home.
Now you will still get yourself into traps of this nature, but unless your partner will join you on your trips, or is openly supportive of your time in the woods; their’s not a lot more that can be done. Just try and support each other and hopefully you guys can find a better way to handle those long weekend trips.