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#6510474 - 10/25/16 08:30 AM Did you remember to...
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I'll never forget the day before the season opener many years ago when I went out to load the ATV and found the battery as dead as a doorknob. Thankfully, there was plenty of time to replace it and still leave Houston before the totally horrible getaway traffic that occurs every Friday before the season opener. No question, this is the time when you start trying to remember anything you may have overlooked that must be done before leaving out.

What tips would you share that might help some poor soul from panicking at the last minute?
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#6510543 - 10/25/16 09:05 AM Re: Did you remember to... [Re: Texas Dan]
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Hunting season has been open dang near a month.

We do our prep in September


That said, I make sure my pack is packed, tool box is in the Polaris along with all the neccesarily equipment, and we are running good.




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#6510551 - 10/25/16 09:08 AM Re: Did you remember to... [Re: Texas Dan]
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Wish I had a lease to prepare for. Have everything packed up.

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#6510556 - 10/25/16 09:09 AM Re: Did you remember to... [Re: Texas Dan]
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I forgot my crossbow cocking rope once. 160# draw is a beach to pull back. Now I own 2. One is tied to the crossbow and the other is hanging in my deerstand. rofl
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#6510596 - 10/25/16 09:34 AM Re: Did you remember to... [Re: Texas Dan]
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I had some issues with the battery on the ranch truck when out there a month ago, hopefully I'm not in the same boat you were (or worse - could be alternator). Either way I added this to the list for the opener, hopefully it works out

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#6511072 - 10/25/16 01:51 PM Re: Did you remember to... [Re: Texas Dan]
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I have to believe there will be hunters who show up at their camp next week and realize someone forgot to do something before being the last to leave and lockup.

I know of a place right now where the water has been turned off because someone thought someone else had been paying the bill.
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#6511111 - 10/25/16 02:17 PM Re: Did you remember to... [Re: Texas Dan]
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Originally Posted By: Texas Dan


I know of a place right now where the water has been turned off because someone thought someone else had been paying the bill.


Are you one of these two people?
Ill forget somethin im sure, ill remember what it is about 3 hours down the road
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#6511119 - 10/25/16 02:22 PM Re: Did you remember to... [Re: Texas Dan]
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I've forgotten my knife before. I do carry a pocket knife all the time, and have had to use it to gut a deer before in a pinch. Not fun, but it works.

I've also forgotten the keys to the travel trailer before. Had to figure out a way to break in to get the keys to the mule.

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#6511159 - 10/25/16 02:45 PM Re: Did you remember to... [Re: Texas Dan]
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One time I had forgot all my ammo that I had just bought cause I was out. Luckily I found enough in pocket of hunting pack to last me the weekend. Didn't need em anyways lol.... scratch

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#6511170 - 10/25/16 02:52 PM Re: Did you remember to... [Re: Texas Dan]
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Originally Posted By: Texas Dan
I'll never forget the day before the season opener many years ago when I went out to load the ATV and found the battery as dead as a doorknob. Thankfully, there was plenty of time to replace it and still leave Houston before the totally horrible getaway traffic that occurs every Friday before the season opener. No question, this is the time when you start trying to remember anything you may have overlooked that must be done before leaving out.

What tips would you share that might help some poor soul from panicking at the last minute?


Terrible traffic leaving Houston occurs every weekend of the general season. Both Friday and Sunday. I've never understood all the guys hauling their ATV's, feeders and stands back and forth all season long. Not just right before the opener. Fortunately, our rifle season is 5 months long, but the best hunting is still primarily within the general season dates. That's why I won't leave town on Friday and come home on Sunday, unless I absolutely have to.

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#6511468 - 10/25/16 05:47 PM Re: Did you remember to... [Re: Texas Dan]
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I remember when I was very young, my dad, grandad, brother and I left for the lease early one morning. It was a 5 hour drive, got about 3 hours down the road, grandad said crap I forgot my guns! Had to drive all the way back, lol. So thanks to my grandad for another valuable lesson, guns first thing on my checklist.
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#6511484 - 10/25/16 05:59 PM Re: Did you remember to... [Re: Texas Dan]
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In the bow stand Saturday morning and the feeder did not go off but the ground was torn up so I knew the clock was off. Opened up my back back and no key to the varmint guard, just a 1 mile round trip walk and had the key from the truck. Seems like I always forget something.

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#6511514 - 10/25/16 06:21 PM Re: Did you remember to... [Re: Texas Dan]
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There's a lock on your varmint guard? And they say I'm obsessed with locks.
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#6511564 - 10/25/16 06:53 PM Re: Did you remember to... [Re: ZK-315]
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Originally Posted By: ZK-315
I've forgotten my knife before. I do carry a pocket knife all the time, and have had to use it to gut a deer before in a pinch. Not fun, but it works.

I've also forgotten the keys to the travel trailer before. Had to figure out a way to break in to get the keys to the mule.


I used to leave my knife on my desk at work all the time (ended the day stripping thermocouple wires so I didn't have to the next morning.) A gas station that was open half the time about a mile from the lease had the little $1 keychain knives and I still have about 20 of them.

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#6511688 - 10/25/16 07:58 PM Re: Did you remember to... [Re: Texas Dan]
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Keys to the ATV, trailer and gates.....happened last weekend. Driving to San Saba from Austin I realized I didn't bring my keys....had to turn around and go back, that will piss you off.


Edited by rexmitchell (10/25/16 07:58 PM)
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