Hunting is a sport and a hobby. And sometimes maybe even more. For many, it’s a way of life. Hunting for some, becomes a way to connect not only with the people that you find special and close to you but also a manner to connect with nature and the greater world surrounding us.
For so many hunters married to a non-hunter they worry that marriage will take time out of their hunting life, even cause riffs in the relationships. Perhaps the spouse does not hunt and so maybe they don’t understand why hunting becomes so important. Here are a few tips to ensure that you are on the same page as your spouse when it comes to hunting and its reason.
1) Be sure to communicate the importance of hunting to your partner. Some people may not get it. But to explain your passion, to set the precedent of how much time you spend hunting are a couple of really good ways to get the information out early, before marriage. Not sacrificing the things you love keeps your relationship in a good place.
2) Maybe make your wedding date outside of hunting season. It may seem silly, but this really frees up your hunting season time. The last thing you want is to remember your anniversary just as you hunker down in a deer stand.
3) Include your spouse and their family to come along. Who knows, maybe you will end up with a new hunting buddy or two. It’s a real opportunity to show family members you care about and love, the world of hunting and just why you are passionate about it.
4) Communication is the general rule of thumb here. You need to be clear about your hunting dates and expeditions. Consider a business person who travels on long trips. Ideally, each trip would be known within the household far in advance. Apply the same logic to the hunting trips. Suddenly darting out the door with your bow or rifle on a Friday morning may disrupt your spouse’s weekend plans.
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