Tips for a Stress-Free Hunting Season


Mike Dwyer

Mike Dwyer is a former writer and contributor at Ordinary Times.

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  1. Avatar Kimmi says:

    How i deal with hunting season: Stop Hiking.
    You may not all be trigger-happy, but really, am I going to take that chance?

    Shmucks got arrested by the TSA for hunting on my local airport. This happens frequently.Report

  2. Avatar greginak says:

    Don’t forget to get a deal made with the Ref’s so there are no horribly botched calls.Report

  3. Avatar Patrick Cahalan says:

    Hell, this is a decent “WINTER IS APPROACHING” post, generally.Report

  4. Avatar BlaiseP says:

    May I add the following, having hunted humans. If at all possible, do not go hunting alone.Report

  5. Avatar Fnord says:

    I know very little about hunting, but enough about dogs to remind people how important it is to keep them hydrated during long-term physical activity, even in cold weather.Report

  6. Avatar bookdragon says:

    Get a blaze orange vest for your dog. The dog we had when I was kid had lost her original home because she was shot while her first owner was out hunting and afterward was so terrified of the sound of guns that she couldn’t be a hunting dog.

    She was a great family dog for us (except for having to give her tranquilizers her on the 4th of July). Also, she was midsized and white with black patches – not a dog you’d think someone would’ve mistaken for a deer.Report

    • Avatar Mike Dwyer says:

      Bookdragon – that is very good advice for upland hunters. Unfortunately for me I hunt waterfowl with my dog so blaze orange is out during our hunts. If I hunted him on public land though a bright orange collar to wear to and from the blind would be smart.Report

  7. Avatar James H. says:

    Get your home opinion order, get ahead at work, and get plenty of sleep. I think I just figured out why I never get around to hunting.Report

  8. Avatar zic says:

    They often do your laundry

    Not in my house, honey. Every person for her/him self. Kids, too, starting at the age of 10.

    And for non-hunters: Get an orange vest and get out into the woods. Don’t cringe, fearing the hunters. Most likely, you’ll make enough noise tramping around to frighten them off because you’ll frighten their prey off.

    And most important of all, particularly for non-hunters, remember that there is no group more committed to maintaining animal habitat and population. If you love wild critters, hunters are your best friend; they put a capital ‘C’ in Conserve.Report

    • Avatar Mike Dwyer says:

      My wife actually enjoys doing the laundry, believe it or not. If we’re at home on a Saturday night there is nothing she loves more than a good movie rental and a pile of clothes to fold. But on the rare cases that she is too busy, I was a bachelor long enough to get the job done.

      As for ‘civillians’ in hunting areas, luckily that’s not a problem very often in KY. We have very few mixed use wilderness areas. It’s either a WMA or a park. That keeps both sides happy and safe.Report

  9. Avatar Mike Schilling says:

    Wipe the mud off of your calls.

    Is that a typo or a word I don’t know?Report