- I have a baby in the house, and I'm getting 4-5 hours of sleep per night
- I joined a hunting club (primarily goose) on the Eastern Shore of MD
- I have a new job with more money, but a tight leash re: time off
So.....those are not insigificant things! I've really had to think over the last few months about how I can successfully manage my life and priorities, and also strive to have an enjoyable hunting season. So what type of goals should I aim for?
1. Make a point to "be present" when I am at home - be happy to take care of the baby all day on a sunday so my wife can do her thing....knowing that later (usually in the same week), I'll be afield. Be happy to be a father, even when it means staying home on an ideal hunting or fishing day.
2. Keep it safe. This should be on the top of everybody's list. No crazy risks.
3. Conduct hunts in the most stress-free ways possible. Plan well, execute well, have a backup plan.
4. Get to know my new hunt club and its members, and share significant time afield with them at the club. Try not to overextend myself by accepting invitations to hunt on other members' property. Grow the relationships for benefit of future years.
5. Be more openly gracious to the property owners who allow me to hunt on their land.
6. Follow up on last year's successes hunting where/when the birds are (and the correct species), instead of wasting a morning on an accessible duck hole where no ducks are hanging around.
7. Evaluate my current (excessive) gear load, and be prepared to sell/donate some of it prior to the 2010-2011 season.