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    • lwinters6969
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      I need help, my wife is due to deliver my second child within the next two weeks. I can not go deer hunting until my gives birth. I really want to get in the woods, whats my best way to past time until i can go.:(:

    • Doc Nock
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      Boy, Hoss…you opened yourself wide on that one!!!

      Since you posted it, it’s a question, right?

      I’d stand tall on my knees and pray for a healthy child to be born and my wife to go thru the process without any glitches, side effects or problems.

      Children are a 24/7/365/lifetime commitment…

      This is but one season… Take your wife and 1st born out to eat, go the play ground while weather allows, make this a positive, quality time for your bride and mother-to-be so she goes in unstressed— and (if you’re young enough to have kids) know your life will have more seasons to hunt…

      Prayers for an uneventful birth for mother and child!

    • lwinters6969
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      Thanks for those encouraging words. I needed that its gonna be a long season, but nothing will be more important than having a healthy baby girl..

    • Doc Nock
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      lwinters6969 wrote: Thanks for those encouraging words. I needed that its gonna be a long season, but nothing will be more important than having a healthy baby girl..

      Thank YOU for saying so. I was a bit intimidated to say all that, but I felt it needed be said.

      Congratulations on the impending birth and again, prayers that it all goes well for Mother, daughter and sibling to not become jealous!

      You’re a lucky man. Enjoy those “blessings!”

      This is my first time in 30 yrs to miss our PA opener…but with moving/packing/sorting and preparing for THAT huge task to another state, I had to put the priorities in the right order! We will survive.

      Keep us posted in the upcoming weeks!

    • Bernie Clancey
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      Some around here would suggest you take her for a ride over a bumpy road. I am not sure that will speed up the process but it may give you a laugh while you wait.

      Enjoy them while they are young. The years go by too fast and the first thing your sitting there thinking “its been a while since I heard from him/her”. They will be moved out before you know it.

    • James HarveyJames Harvey
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      I’ll never forget my daughter’s birth. I felt someone shaking me and realised it was my platoon sarge. Thinking if he was waking me up it must be a pretty big deal, I had my body armour over my shoulder and my machine gun in my hands before I realised he was telling me my wife had gone into labour. I stayed up the rest of the night to get one broken phone call from my wife, then went out on a mission when the sun came up.

      That was the only day at work I ever let myself think ‘I don’t want to die today’. I really wanted to meet my little girl! Four months later I met her and she shot a little arrow of love right through my heart. It was a clean kill 😉

      If I were you, I’d sharpen some broadheads, straighten some arrows, cut some feathers, order some old TBM’s you haven’t read yet and be glad you’ll have the honour of being there to see her come into the world. Then go hunting 😀

      There’ll be more seasons. There’ll only ever be one her.

      And congratulations 😀

    • Doc Nock
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      Wow, Jim…4 mos.

      Kinda puts things in a different perspective, huh?

      Relish the moment…

      Quite a “day at work” as you put it…

      Be careful out there, and thanks for serving as you do…

    • paleoman
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      All the above and “it ain’t about you” anymore:D Some of us dummies take a while to learn that. Don’t do that.

    • grumpygrumpy
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      As far as the next few weeks go, stop in at a used book store (not cheap, frugal) and get a copy of WAR AND PEACE. Lots of words for a buck or two.

      Raising children is the most important thing you will do in this life.. It will also be the hardest thing you ever do. PLEASE, keep it in that perspective. Didn’t get a fishing or hunting license for 10 years while raising my son. He didn’t want to go, and I didn’t have the time (a bit harder as a single parent), so I read books, tied flies, took him to soccer and baseball games. Most important thing is to be available, Brian is now 35, and has thanked me for being available, not much else, but he does appreciate the fact that I was in my room reading, and he could come in anytime (usually it was at 3:00 AM). Don’t give unasked for advise, just be there when he/she wants your advise. Print this thread and save it.

    • Stephen Graf
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      My son was born on November 2nd, so I feel for you! But just think of all the birthday present hunts you will be able to give your kid as he/she grows up 😀

      One of my favorite hunting stories comes from the birth of my son… I’ll give the short version:

      When we got home from the hospital, I asked my wife if I could get up early the next morning and hunt for a little while before pulling my stand, as I obviously wouldn’t get a chance to hunt the rest of the season. She agreed.

      So I got up at 6am, and put my boy in bed with her. He had started crying for breakfast. I left and drove to my hunting spot, walked in and climbed in my stand.

      No sooner had I sat down than a nice 8 pointer walked up. I slipped an arrow through him and he dropped within sight. I had him field dress and in the car in no time and was back at the house just in time to put my boy back in the crib. Then I climbed back in bed.

      My wife said: “I though you were going hunting this morning” I replied: “Honey, I couldn’t leave you”

      😀

    • Doc Nock
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      Grumpy’s comments made me recall a fav of mine…Two things in life we’re to do the longest, but have no training for: 1) pick a mate and 2) raise children—the rest we have to go to school for 12 yrs-18, just to get a job!

      Steve,

      You must be some kinda super human… Shoot a deer, gut the critter, pull your stand, drag it and the deer, drive back and hang your deer somewhere (or drop it at a processors) and not smell like home made death to crawl back in bed… whew!:shock:

      So— in the long version, what happened to YOU once your bride found out that sweet sentiment was not totally accurate??:lol:

    • robbin68
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      How understanding is the missus and how far away is your tree stand?:lol:

    • Stephen Graf
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      Doc Nock wrote: …So— in the long version, what happened to YOU once your bride found out that sweet sentiment was not totally accurate??:lol:

      I had the deer hanging in the car port and was safe as my wife had what they call a spinal headache from an epidural gone bad and wouldn’t be getting out of bed all day. My plan was to get up, act cool, slip out, skin the deer and get it to the butcher.

      The thing I hadn’t counted on was that my folks were visiting to see the new addition to the family. Anyway, my dad looked out the back window, saw the deer, and exclaimed in a loud voice: “Well look at that, there’s a deer hanging in the garage!”

      Game over 😯 All brownie points evaporated and I was instantly in the red.

    • Stephen Graf
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      robbin68 wrote: How understanding is the missus and how far away is your tree stand?:lol:

      The stand was about a 15 minute drive from the house. As mentioned in the last post, she had a whopper of a headache and had to stay flat. Any yelling or tension added to the pain, so I got off pretty slick. By the time she was out of bed, I had so many flowers stacked up around the house she forgot to be mad 8)

    • Doc Nock
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      Steve, you’re a good story teller. Got a good chuckle out of your comments about ‘game over’ and all points lost’…nobody hears about the bad epidurals, but I don’t think I’d want someone stick in needles in my 220V panel box!!

      Guess you had to start over on points…:lol:

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