Welcome to hunting season!
This time of year is a bit of a headache for me if I’m being honest! There are all the extra responsibilities with none of the usual help. Hopefully, though, there’s the promise of a husband returning to me with a refreshed mind and meat for the freezer. In case this is all new to you, or you haven’t heard the term “Deer Widow” before, let me enlighten you with the Urban Dictionary’s HILARIOUS definition:
Deer Widow/Hunter’s Widow: the spouse or significant other of a hunter, whom, during hunting season, is typically left alone, “widowed” by their hunter spouse’s prolonged absences; includes sleeping alone in the marriage bed, minimal sex life, extra essential babysitting responsibilities (for those with children), refrigerator depleted of beer supplies, bank account depleted of financial supplies, and the itty bitty possibility of said hunter spouse bringing home some fresh meat.
So now that we’ve had a good giggle, here are some ideas to help you “survive” hunting season this year…
Honey Do List
My husband is really GREAT about helping out before he leaves – he knows I have a lot on my plate between my blog, the house, the dogs, and our babies. Before he leaves, he tries to do everything he can to make his time gone easier on our family. Here’s a great honey-do list for him:
- Mow the lawn
- Catch up on the laundry with you (starting the week before he leaves)
- Clean out the freezer (you’ll need that room – hopefully!)
- Wife’s choice (maybe…arrange a night where his mom can take the kids? 😉 )
Do Something Special For Yourself
Whether it’s getting your nails done, spending a little of your savings on a new sweater, or dropping the kiddos off at Grandma’s – don’t forget to give yourself a break! If this isn’t possible, because you have so much on your plate, be sure to schedule yourself a hair appointment or make plans with your friends for a day after your husband gets back from his trip.
Make A Welcome Home Sign
Okay, so some of this stems from being a military wife and daughter. Luckily for us, we never had to go through a deployment, although my husband had been through them before he met me. Growing up in a military family near a base though, I remember seeing hundreds and hundreds of “Welcome Home!” signs fastened to the fence all the way up to the base gates. I guess that it is just ingrained in me now to make a sign each time my husband arrives home from a long trip.
I’ve used my children’s chalkboard easel, poster board, and cardboard (in a pinch) before.
This year, we are making one with poster board. I had Max decorate it with markers and stickers. As soon as Jax decides to stop trying to eat all of the markers, I’ll let him join in on decorating the sign. My fingers are crossed for next year! This year, he helped by shouting and pointing from behind the baby gate while watching Story Bots – that’s enough input from my tiny toddler tornado for now ;).
This is my favorite part about hunting season, besides seeing my husband walk back in the door! I actually used to be a vegetarian (10 years ago), so the fact that I get excited about making dishes containing venison is odd to think about sometimes! My husband practices his shot to perfection though, and always prays over the animal he has killed. I am very proud of his bowhunting skills, and (maybe this sounds primal, but…) the fact that he provides food for the table.
There are SO many different and truly amazing venison recipes! Our favorite way to prepare venison is by making Stroganoff (we are big mushroom fans). Here are some great recipes to try – be sure to check these out, I’ve linked them below. All photo credit goes to the linked bloggers:
- Crockpot Venison Stew from Grumpy’s Honey Bunch (upper left)
- Venison Chili from Culinary Hill (lower right)
- Beef Stroganoff from Stay Gold Autumn (lower left)
- Venison Steak w/ Port Red Berry Sauce from Super Golden Bakes (upper right)
Send Him Meaningful Texts Or Voicemails
It’s difficult when my husband goes up north to get a good signal. So throughout the day, when I have some free time, I try to send him some sweet texts that he can glance at while up in his tree stand or while he’s grabbing pizza with the guys after a long day sitting.
This way, we stay connected and communicating – which is so very important to a great relationship!
Enjoy Your time with the kids/dogs/house
Line up some fun activities to do with the little ones while Daddy is away! We like to get Fro-Yo, visit the park, and make our welcome home sign. Hunting season for us also means the hubs is away for Halloween – none of us are happy about it, but it’s the safest time for him to be in the woods before rifle season starts! The kids and I get pretty creative for trick-or-treating. This year, Jax went to the local library for a toddler meetup with a group of other moms I know, and Max had a parade at his school. I wish I had gotten pictures of his parade. We will try to trick-or-treat around our neighborhood for a bit, and leave out a bowl of candy so our house doesn’t get egged!
What are some fun and productive things you do during hunting season?
Share with me in the comments below, I love reading your thoughts!