Preseason Planning On The Homefront

Hunting season is bearing down on us like the November election season. Some of you might be able to squeeze in only a few days of hunting this fall, while others will spend 2 or 3 weeks of time in the field. I’m on the road most of the fall chasing from hunt to hunt to secure more episodes of North American Hunter TV for you to enjoy.

Regardless of your calendar, you should get as many chores and responsibilities finalized before hunting season kicks off. But, in this blog, I’m not talking about hunting chores—I’m talking about home chores! Even if you can’t complete them, at least try to organize and plan so when you’re gone everything runs smoothly. Here are a few areas where I try to get ahead of the game.

Handyman At The Ready
It’s as likely as a tax hike next tax season: I’m talking about the likelihood of some item breaking at your house while you’re gone. I’ll just go through a few of the items that have occurred at my home over the years. Let’s see … a toilet quit working, the automatic water tank (for my horses) failed to be automatic and our roof blew off. And don’t forget about snow removal later in the season. I think you get the point. The remedy is to have a handyman or relative at the ready to come to the rescue of your family when issues arise.

My wife is generally independent and can get most of the little things handled without issue. We’ve also come up with a list of service providers who can step in when issues become a bit more complicated; i.e. the roof. Finally, I have a brother who lives nearby and can help in a pinch. Have some help at the ready in case of a disaster at your home.

Home Honey-Dos
We all have honey-dos. It could be painting the garden shed, stacking firewood or even fixing a sagging gutter. Get those chores done now before you want to be using every waking minute in pursuit of game.

My summer bumps along like most, but I also add in all my fall chores. My goal is to have as few jobs as possible to get done the few hours I’m home during fall. I still have to winterize the well, put up some snow fence and move the snow blower from the barn to the garage, but those take only minutes, not hours. This also frees up some additional time if something drastic comes up; i.e. the roof blowing off. Without a bunch of other chores, I can move to the arena of concern with ease.

Economic Responsibilities
Are you tied to a mortgage, a car payment or a smartphone contract? Look ahead to all your bills and economic responsibilities and find a way to get them paid while you’re paying your dues in the field. You don’t want to jeopardize your credit rating or face a disruption of service just because you forgot to pay a bill.

Some companies have automatic pay where they take money from a bank account or credit card. Others allow you to pay ahead if you have the cash. It might be as simple as informing your spouse of the bills you pay and then have them write the check for a short period during fall while you fill the freezer.

Work Ahead
Lastly, work ahead at your place of employment. Sure you have vacation time coming to you, but do you really get that time off? You’re still responsible for the work you oversee, and that means you should work ahead to get some of those assignments off of your plate.

As I write this blog, I’m working on assignments due in December, more than 4 months away. The reason: I won’t be in my office much until January. By working ahead I still guarantee some income while I’m in the field. And, of course, my field experiences will result in more income later as hunting articles, hunting images and video episodes develop.

Fall hunting season is almost upon us, so prep for the season and prep at home. You’ll hunt better knowing everything is running smoothly in your absence.