Look out for yourself first

Some days I feel like I should have my head examined.

If you’re a hunter, or a fisherman for that matter, we’ve all asked ourselves, “why did I do that?.”

There’s days where you drag yourself out of bed, or rush home from work early to get a few hours in the woods before dark. Or maybe it’s raining and you decide to give it a shot. Snow? Sure, why not?

I don’t care what you hunt, it takes an effort to have a successful hunt. You just don’t walk in the woods, or to the nearest stream or duck pond, and fire away. You’ve got to have a plan.

And if you don’t have a plan, then yes, you need to seek therapy.

That’s how I felt this morning – 26 degrees mind you – ¬†as I headed to my tree a half mile away with 30 pounds of gear on my back. I had a plan, sorta, but I discovered this morning that after walking 20 minutes and then climbing 20 feet, I didn’t feel all that warm.

My hunting plan was OK. My self-survival plan was not. It was a little chilly. It was what I call a two-hat morning, and I had only one hat. Not good.

It was also a good morning for some hand warmers. Mine were cleverly tucked away in a bin in my basement. Not good.

It was probably a good day for a sweatshirt under my camo coat. Mr. Tough Guy went with two long-sleeve t-shirts. Definitely not good.

All of this lack of planning left me quite uncomfortable after four hours in a tree. Don’t be like me, have a better plan for the conditions, albeit cold, snow or rain and enjoy your hunt in the woods.

You’ll be glad you did.

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