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  1. ohihunter2014

    ohihunter2014 Member

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    I need to rant a little because I am going to snap! Well not literally but I am so far behind its driving me crazy!

    I love to hunt and fish and usually do it a lot. I'm talking at minimum 3 days a week. I decided in the fall of 2018 that I was going back to school so hunting took a backseat the entire season. I only went twice for gun week. This spring I met an amazing girl that I think one day I will marry. She inherited her parents house and 40yrs of stuff to go with it. I work 45-50hrs a week and spend 5-6 days a week with her working on the house. I realized about a week ago that Ohio's bow season starts September 28th and I had nothing done. I haven't shot my compound all summer, haven't touched my crossbow since 2017 deer season, don't have my deer rifle loads tweaked. no treestands hung, no cameras hung, no scouting done. I finally took some time to sight the crossbow in and realized that most of my arrows are missing vanes, so an attempt to fix that resulted in buying a tool that didn't work and now it cannot be returned because the package was accidently thrown out. I went to the range to shoot the bow with the last 3 hunting arrows and they fly all crazy and I ended up destroying one of them. I still have 3-4 properties that I need to scout for deer hunting. Squirrel season's been in since September 1 and I don't have my rifle sighted in. My truck bed is piled full of stuff that was gifted to me when my buddies grandfather passed away. My reloading room looks like a bomb went off in it. I have baggies and baggies of brass to process and load. I need tags before next week that I cannot afford to buy because my dumb arse goes and gets a $130 ticket last week. My best friend is mad at me and probably wont talk to me anymore because he feels I ditched him when I started dating this girl that he didn't approve of. He never answers the phone during the evening and I used to be able to wear my headphones and sit in my office and talk to him once a week but they deemed that unsafe because I cannot hear.

    So, I have 11 days to scout at minimum 3 properties, find some way to fletch these $60 arrows that every vane rips off if it touches anything, buy tags, hang one more stand, load rifle ammo and test, clean truck bed, clean reloading room, wash clothes, air out climber, hang one more hang on, shoot compound or don't even use it this year. I called a pro shop and they said $1.50 an arrow to fletch with 3-4 day turn around. I purchased SD cards and batteries for my cameras and don't have time to put them out. Her house is a disaster and a lot of stuff unfinished. She is very understanding that I have stuff to do and wants to help me with my stuff but has a young son at home that she needs to take care of.

    Anyone else have a ton of stuff to get done or wont be ready to hunt this year?
     
  2. George P

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    Maybe you need to take a deep breath, take a week of vacation and do SOME of those things. Focus on one item at a time. I have found when you try to swallow the whole elephant with one bite, it does not end well.
     
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  3. Varminterror

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    Well, for the vane issues - wrap the shafts. Or hit them with a bit of sandpaper before fletching.
     
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  4. Varminterror

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    And if it makes you feel better, I don’t have my stands out yet, because I’m rescuing a failing pond dam at my property, about 100yrds away from one of my honey holes, and directly under one of my usual stand positions.
     
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  5. ohihunter2014

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    I only get one week of vacation and that gets saved for gun week. :(
     
  6. ohihunter2014

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    The arrows are brand new so their fletching's are coming off. I do all my own compound arrows and the x bow fletcher is warped and fletches them too close to each other. I usually rough them up or wrap them but ive tried two tools and none work. Oh and Leupold still has my bino's I sent in for repair end of August.
     
  7. Bfh_auto

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    Just remember we used to all hunt from the ground. It's not that big of a detriment. As for your loads, if you don't have time. Just get 2 boxes of your choice. Factory ammo kills deer.
    I'm not into bow hunting, so IDK about the arrows.
    Set one priority, then another...
     
  8. FL-NC

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    Unless you count my weekly range session, discovering that the carb on my 4 wheeler is seriously gummed up today (the 4 wheeler I really need to go out and make stuff ready), and making a list of everything I need to do... yep, I'm pretty behind too I guess. The good news is that archery season doesn't start here until the last week of Oct., so time is still on my side- a little.
     
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  9. jmorris

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    I hate it when life gets in the way of my fun. Unfortunately the older I get the more common occurrence it is. Wait until you are married and have kids, all I can say is enjoy it now ;)

    If it makes you feel better I still have things I need to do on projects starting as far back as 1992. Obviously not really important but it was back then, life has a way of changing priorities. It helps me by making. A list and numbering them 1-xx. Then you just work down the list until you are out of time, energy or money.

    Funny how it might change from day to day. You might wake up Monday and a new .22-250 is in the top ten, then Tuesday cleaning out the septic tank is at the top...

    That said I am out at the farm almost every weekend or more. It’s all we can do to keep it from seeming like another job in and of itself, because it is.
     
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  10. EIB0879

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    Nope. Popup on my sister's land. Throw out some corn.
     
  11. Armored farmer

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    Spend time with that girl.
    Box up your reloading crsp in a tub 'til you have time.
    Squirrel hunt with your shotgun and hang your cameras at the same time.
    Shoot factory ammo for a while.
    You have a lot on your plate.
    Remember that we hunt for fun.
     
  12. stillquietvoice

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    I know how you feel. Haven't even bought my hunting license yet. I've only put about 60 rounds of reloads downrange from my 7mm08, because I haven't been able to find 139 sst's locally and due to working 60 hrs a week had no time to load 7mm. I have loafed some 223 a couple hundred rounds or so but they go fast and needore powder to finish the nearly 1000 pieces of brass I have on hand.
    I need to find a starter for my lawn tractor.......

    Do the best you can the deer will be I'm the woods scout during another season mine is usually done while turkey hunting.

    How old is your girlfriend's son maybe you three could take a walk in the woods. It would be an opportunity to teach scouting, hunting skills to both of them. You might even try and show her how to reload especially if you have a load that works in your rifle. The rounds will work at least as well as factory fodder.

    By the way how's the hand
     
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  13. marksman13

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    I just don’t care as much this year. We’re still hitting 95-100 degrees everyday and I’m working on a monster project at work. I’m sure once it cools off a little, I’ll find some time to get in the woods, but I’m not gonna mess with food plots this year.
     
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  14. ohihunter2014

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    Hand has been hit and miss. Slight infection about 3 weeks ago so had to keep it bandages and special medicated gauze. It scabbed over and I decided not to wear the bandages and the scab fell off. It looked okay and then turned purple, swelled up and busted and now my entire thumb hurts and tingles. Doctors appointment Thursday so we will see if it’s infected. Thanks for asking.

    She is interested in going but the boy wants nothing to do with anything physical or outside.
     
  15. gspn

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    I'm almost 50, and at this age I can tell you that setting priorities is one thing you have full control over, and that will help you immensely. Write it down if you have to, but figure out what "needs" to be done, and what "wants" to be done. Hit the needs first, and hit them hard and well. If you have any time left over, hit the wants with no regrets. If you hit the "wants" before you get the "needs" done it'll lead to problems and regrets.

    Never sacrifice the "needs" for pursuit of the "wants". If you get everything done right, you'll eventually have plenty of time to hunt and you'll enjoy it in a way you never have. You'll get to be fully immersed in your hunt, rather than having your mind torn between the woods and the house. Don't sweat it if you don't get as many hours in the woods as you'd like. Take care of the "needs", and then enjoy the "wants".

    To answer your question, no, I don't have everything done, and I'm fine with that. Good luck, and good hunting.
     
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  16. Dinosaur1

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    A guy whose opinion I respected once told me this, "Take time out to do the stuff you want to do from time to time. When you die you'll still have work that needs to be done but there's only so many vacations." He was right.
     
  17. buck460XVR

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    Yeah, chill a tad.

    You're not hunting to feed your family, you are hunting for sport. So what if you lose a coupla weeks. Instead of feeling like you have to hunt every day of the season ill prepared, hunt the best days, well. Sometimes our interests sway. Sometimes other things in life have priority over having fun. I gave up riding motorcycles for 20 years to raise kids. Don't regret it a bit. Some years because of other things going on in life, I too didn't get to hunt as much as I did when I was 25. Looking back, I probably wouldn't change a thing. Sounds like you are going thru a major life change. Odds are if that happens there will be other life changes coming too. One just has to go with it. The reality is, sometimes a relationship is more important than sitting in a stand. Sometimes working on a house to make it livable is more important than a buck in the truck bed. Sometimes a kid's birthday party is more important than a day fishing. depends on what kid of dad/husband you want to be.

    Thing is, you are young and have the time and the health to get back to hunting, if and when you want to. You have no obligation to, nor do you need to hunt to impress your friends and keep your man card. Continue to enjoy life and quit stressing yourself out over nuttin'.
     
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  18. ohihunter2014

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    You know this post kind of hit me. I agree 100% with you. I guess because I missed last season I am so excited to go this year its overwhelming me. My girlfriend is absolutely more important than hunting but it is kind of weighing on me leaving work and going to her house until 10-1030pm and then going home and work at 730am. She told me she's fine with me hunting 3 days a week and she would be fine with it but after not seeing her for one day she says she misses me. It seems like every time we do something to her house something else gets in the way. We move her parents stuff into one room for disposal or to go through it and her mom comes over and moves it right back. Her parents moved into a retirement condo and gave her the house she grew up in along with old furniture and 40yrs of other stuff. Furniture is gone, but there is boxes and boxes of stuff. Oh, don't throw those old magazines away from 1992 so I'll just put them right back in this cabinet you cleaned out. Oh, don't throw away that bookshelf with warped shelves because someone can use it so I'm going to drag it from the tree lawn back into the house or garage after the GF and I put it on the curb. I clean a room out to paint and her mom puts it right back in that room. Cant throw anything away because she may need it one day or someone else can use it. The garage is packed from wall to ceiling with her's and her parents stuff. I want to help her get her stuff done, I want her to be happy, I just got a lot of stuff weighing me down and hunting is my release from life. I don't care if I don't fill a tag, I just like being out there and relaxing. She wants to go with me but the boys father only gets him every other weekend and its not even a full weekend because he doesn't want his son, so her free time is very limited. I told her give me opening weekend and a weekend here and there during October and I wont deer hunt until gun season comes along in December. My buddies are getting pissed at me I don't come around anymore. They call and say hey, lets go shoot or fish or whatnot and I cant because I made plans. It just seems like I cant please everyone.
     
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  19. The Evangelist Cowboy

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    I am recovering from surgery. My doctor who's a gun guy says not to shoot anything from the shoulder that's above .22 mag, I will miss Dove and deer season here in TX. If any of you are out there please say a prayer that this cowboy heals and maybe if the Good Lord wills it I may pick up a rod and reel or a shotgun and shell soon.
     
  20. George P

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    Then you tell her mom to get a storage unit for her stuff or it is going to the dump
     
  21. ohihunter2014

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    Sorry to hear Cowboy. I guess others have it a lot worse than me. Heal quick and keep us posted.
     
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    There is a big difference between a gift and a inheritance, like a whole bunch of taxes if it was a gift.
     
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    I haven't done anything but shot my bow a little and loaded ammo. . It has been so hot and dry that I haven't scouted or put out cameras. Fortunately I have hunted this farm for 4 years and have a pretty good idea where I will be. I've seen some acorns on the ground already so that will slow down any hunting over feeders. I know where some white oaks that are perfect when this happens. I can almost bet on where a climber will go.

    These deer are on a cattle farm and have unlimited access to feed and there are 2 creeks running thru the middle with several springs in the wooded hollows so hunting water holes is a crap shoot. There is one food plot but it is reserved for the owner's son. The other 797 acres are mine.
     
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  24. buck460XVR

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    That's just it....you don't have to.
     
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  25. jmorris

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    Sounds like it’s not really hers and that’s ok if it’s still her parents. Maybe boundaries/expectations should be talked about, on both sides vs assumptions. Nothing wrong with laying everything out on the table but you should stay out of that conversation.

    I suggest going hunting instead. ;)
     
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