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#6924790 - 10/18/17 11:38 AM The day before panic stories
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With the general season opener just a couple weekends away, the mind often turns to thoughts of being sure to avoid past events that created a sense of panic just a day or two before a past season opener.

I remember that one Friday many years ago when I went out to the shed to crank the ATV so I could load it in my truck, only to press the start button and hear, yes, you guessed it - "Click". Thankfully, it was still early in the morning, which gave me time to buy and install a new battery before the opening day traffic turned horrible.

I'm sure there are those who have stories to share, such as getting 100 miles into a 200 mile trip before realizing something critical was left back at the house. And just maybe, a story shared here will help someone avoid their own "the day before" panic situation.
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#6924806 - 10/18/17 11:46 AM Re: The day before panic stories [Re: Texas Dan]
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I remember having to work on opening weekend. While business was slow, a couple of us stood and watched guys hauling tower blinds and feeders on their way to the lease. Nothing like waiting until the last minute
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#6924828 - 10/18/17 11:56 AM Re: The day before panic stories [Re: Texas Dan]
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Before I pull out of the driveway for any hunting trip, I always ask myself if I have these essentials:
1. weapon and ammo/bow and arrows/crossbow and bolts
2. knives to field dress animal
3. cooler for dead animal
3. clothes to hunt in
4. boots ( I drive to and from hunting in different clothes and shoes)
5. backpack-contains hunting license, flashlights, thermacell, rangefinder, binos if gun hunting, and everything else I want to take along (calls, etc)

Everything else is extra and not necessary, but I do like to take chairs, bipod, hitch mounted hoist with gambrel, thermal monocular (esp useful for morning hunts) and some other stuff

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#6924847 - 10/18/17 12:10 PM Re: The day before panic stories [Re: Texas Dan]
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Buckeye is spot on. I have a list and check them off as they're loaded. Just can't afford to leave something behind when driving 9 hours to the ranch.
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#6924857 - 10/18/17 12:18 PM Re: The day before panic stories [Re: Texas Dan]
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Make a list check it when you pack and again when you load into the truck.
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#6924864 - 10/18/17 12:22 PM Re: The day before panic stories [Re: Texas Dan]
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I've gotten basically to the lease and realized I left my keys with the gate, RV and UTV keys at home. My wife drove an hour to meet me with them so I didn't have to drive all the way home. I remind myself often of how lucky I am to have a woman that would do that.

I have a running list of stuff to bring now, keys are permanently on there.

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#6924889 - 10/18/17 12:38 PM Re: The day before panic stories [Re: Texas buckeye]
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Originally Posted By: Texas buckeye
Before I pull out of the driveway for any hunting trip, I always ask myself if I have these essentials:
1. weapon and ammo/bow and arrows/crossbow and bolts
2. knives to field dress animal
3. cooler for dead animal
3. clothes to hunt in
4. boots ( I drive to and from hunting in different clothes and shoes)
5. backpack-contains hunting license, flashlights, thermacell, rangefinder, binos if gun hunting, and everything else I want to take along (calls, etc)

Everything else is extra and not necessary, but I do like to take chairs, bipod, hitch mounted hoist with gambrel, thermal monocular (esp useful for morning hunts) and some other stuff


This. I pack a lot of stuff and used to always carry around the nagging feeling I was forgetting something. Now, before I pull out of the drive I think. "Gun check, ammo check, knife check, whiskey check, beer check." Everything else is nice, but unnecessary.
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#6924895 - 10/18/17 12:42 PM Re: The day before panic stories [Re: Texas Dan]
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i left my hand crank for my crossbow at the house found out opening morning of bow season

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#6924903 - 10/18/17 12:49 PM Re: The day before panic stories [Re: Texas Dan]
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Registered: 08/23/10
Posts: 79
Loc: Fort Worth
About three years ago I made the drive out to my buddies ranch about 3 1/2 hours away for an early November hunt. I got there after midnight, unloaded my gear and went to bed. Woke up the next morning for the hunt and started pulling out gear. I was shocked when I opened my gun case to find my shotgun and not my rifle. That is when it hit me that I had never switched guns back after an elk hunt earlier that year. Luckily, one of my hunting buddies had an extra rifle that I borrowed, but you better believe that I double check my gun cases before I leave the house now.

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#6924935 - 10/18/17 01:22 PM Re: The day before panic stories [Re: Texas Dan]
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Loc: The Heart of Texas
License, weapon, ammo. Everything else can be improvised or worked around.
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#6924939 - 10/18/17 01:30 PM Re: The day before panic stories [Re: Texas Dan]
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Registered: 09/01/04
Posts: 565
Loc: Marble Falls
I make a list in advance before I make my 3 hour drive.
The list changes as to: Work time at the lease, Bow season, or rifle season.

But yes, there have been panic moments when I failed to go over the list one last time!

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#6924970 - 10/18/17 02:16 PM Re: The day before panic stories [Re: Dalroo]
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Loc: Bexar/Gillespie, hunt Terrell
Originally Posted By: Dalroo
License, weapon, ammo. Everything else can be improvised or worked around.


Wise words.
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#6925004 - 10/18/17 02:51 PM Re: The day before panic stories [Re: SapperTitan]
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Originally Posted By: SapperTitan
Make a list check it when you pack and again when you load into the truck.


Nailed it!!!

I always make a list. As soon as one trip ends a new list starts and I add to it throughout the week. As I get the things packed and set aside I put a check mark beside it. Once its loaded in the truck it gets a second check mark. If anything on that list doesn't have 2 check marks then it didn't make it into the truck.

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#6925015 - 10/18/17 03:03 PM Re: The day before panic stories [Re: Texas Dan]
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A check list is also a good thing to have before returning home. There has been many a time when it eliminated a trip back to do something I failed to do before leaving.

My "Before you leave" list includes...

1. Check and lock all gates.
2. Turn water off at the meter.
3. Remove trash bag and replace with a new one.
4. Close valve on the propane tank
5. Disconnect power cable at the pole
6. Crack open trailer ceiling skylights
7. Lock camper door and windows.
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#6925828 - 10/19/17 10:39 AM Re: The day before panic stories [Re: rexmitchell]
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Registered: 01/05/10
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Loc: McKinney, TX
Originally Posted By: rexmitchell
I've gotten basically to the lease and realized I left my keys with the gate, RV and UTV keys at home. My wife drove an hour to meet me with them so I didn't have to drive all the way home. I remind myself often of how lucky I am to have a woman that would do that.

I have a running list of stuff to bring now, keys are permanently on there.


Key copies are cheap. I own two vehicles and drive a third one for work. All three have a key ring in them with copies of the lease keys.

Oh, and an extra boat key. I've made that 4 hour round trip one too many times as well...

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