I haven't missed an opening weekend in 54 years ... almost did one year due to being in CO on an elk/MD hunt, got home about noon on Sunday and headed to the lease for an afternoon hunt. Funny thing about it, I was sick of hunting after 12 straight days for hiking at 9000+ feet but by the time I got back to central TX, I was already primed and fired up for whitetail. My wife was not very pleased that I was only home for maybe an hour after being gone for almost 2 weeks before heading out again. I've already taken a couple does, so have meat in the freezer, waiting on the big boy to show up.
"everyone that lives dies but not everyone who dies lived..."