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Old 07-17-2020, 02:08 PM   #1
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My oldest is going to start kindergarten this year, so I haven't been keeping in touch with how school has changed in the last 22 years. We used to have guns in the back windows of our trucks in the school parking lot. I was looking at some of the Tp&wd youth hunts and some of them are during part or all of the week. My son won't be able to apply for another 3 years, but I was just curious how you guys take your kids out of school for more than 1-2 days.
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Old 07-17-2020, 03:05 PM   #2
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It is worth taking the time off to create the memories. We would talk to the teachers before hand and get all of the assignments to make sure it got done.
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Old 07-17-2020, 03:29 PM   #3
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What do you mean how do you take your kids out of school for 1-2 days? They're your kids. You can take them wherever you want...
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Old 07-17-2020, 03:49 PM   #4
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My son is 14 and will be a freshman. He has missed a lot of days to hunt /fish. Most of the time we ask for the work missed in advance.
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Old 07-17-2020, 03:52 PM   #5
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ive written a note to the principal of my kids school since they were each 3. I write of creating memories with children and trying to instill a passion and discipline for the outdoors. I state how hunting and fishing are a way of life and many lessons beyond a desk and chalkboard can be taught. I've ALWAYS gotten the schools admin to count the missed days as excused..
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Old 07-17-2020, 03:53 PM   #6
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See that what's I mean. I don't know. What do you tell them, we're going deer hunting for the week? I think you can't miss a certain amount of days? Truancy laws? That's why I'm asking you experienced parents.
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Old 07-17-2020, 04:21 PM   #7
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Heck, I took mine out for a week last year for her first muledeer hunt in Montana. But they are used to her leaving at 12 on Friday's during deer season or showing up to school in her hunting attire from a quick early morning duck hunt. Talk with the principle and explain the situation at the beginning of school season, that way they are not surprised when the time comes.
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Old 07-17-2020, 04:25 PM   #8
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When mine was of age, I could pull him out at 10am and he wouldn't be considered absent for the day. Being a rural school, they always knew he was going on a hunting trip.
As far as the youth draw hunts, of course it's been a while, but when I put in for my son, hunts were always on a weekend or during Christmas break, when they were out for like 2 weeks. Has these changed?
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Old 07-17-2020, 04:42 PM   #9
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I use to miss or leave at noon on most Fridays during deer season growing up.
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Old 07-17-2020, 05:19 PM   #10
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Thanks for the replies guys. I used to leave on fridays for the lease as well. I just never took a week off from school to hunt. I saw one of the draw hunts was 5 days during the week and it got me to thinking. Iím sure a lot of things are different than in the 80ís and 90ís when it comes to school.


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Old 07-17-2020, 06:11 PM   #11
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The TPWD youth hunts are usually really good about putting them on a weekend, they're usually Fri-Sun or Sat-Mon, or on Thanksgiving or Christmas break. Lots of people only do the Sat/Sun portion. It's usually the adult hunts that are during the week. My kids always saved up their sick days and used them for hunting, no qualms pulling up to the school on a Thursday at lunch time with a fully loaded up truck heading out. They got the biggest kick out of jumping into the truck while all their friends knew they're heading out. I had a boat attached to the truck once and went inside, waiting for kiddo to come out the principal asked if he could go with us.
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Old 07-17-2020, 06:14 PM   #12
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See that what's I mean. I don't know. What do you tell them, we're going deer hunting for the week? I think you can't miss a certain amount of days? Truancy laws? That's why I'm asking you experienced parents.
Truancy laws are a joke, but even so pretty much all the schools allow kids to make up time later anyway (mine have had to). All they really care about is funding, and if the kids make up the time they get their funding.
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Old 07-17-2020, 06:40 PM   #13
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Education in the woods is worth 10x more than public test preparation.

My son is 12 and we have been missing 5 days of school every fall since he was 9 for hunting trips. Each year I write a letter to each of his teachers explaining the history and importance of the skills we have been refining. The week before I follow up with another status update email and request work for the week. We can usually get all his work completed before leaving.

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Old 07-17-2020, 06:51 PM   #14
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I take them out and don't even think twice about it. The problem is that there are people out there that think going hunting or fishing with Dad isn't a good enough reason to miss a day here or there. I don't care what they think.
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Old 07-17-2020, 10:24 PM   #15
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Thanks for the replies guys. I used to leave on fridays for the lease as well. I just never took a week off from school to hunt. I saw one of the draw hunts was 5 days during the week and it got me to thinking. Iím sure a lot of things are different than in the 80ís and 90ís when it comes to school.


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Which hunt was that? I've never seen a youth hunt during the week unless it was Thanksgiving or over Christmas break.
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Old 07-18-2020, 07:27 AM   #16
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The youth hunts use to be on weekends. TPWD screwed it up to save money about 10 years ago.
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Old 07-18-2020, 08:27 AM   #17
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Which hunt was that? I've never seen a youth hunt during the week unless it was Thanksgiving or over Christmas break.

Several of the gde hunts are Tuesday through Friday. Big bend, chaparral, etc.


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Old 07-18-2020, 09:01 AM   #18
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Yeah i was looking with my daughter and there were a lot of weekday hunts that we saw this year.


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Old 07-18-2020, 09:26 AM   #19
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When my boys were in school, they had occasional visits to Dr. Deer, Dr. Duck and sometimes... Dr. Goose.

Depending on the teacher (one who believes in the outdoors and one who might not)....the off to see the "Dr." could be a great reason to miss a day or 2.
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Old 07-19-2020, 12:27 AM   #20
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The only ones during week that isnít already a holiday is big bend and inks. Never seen them do that before. I know on a few hunts they have put notices that the dates were updated from what was originally posted so I donít know if that is a screw up or on purpose. Maybe BBSP figured the kids would be out between thanksgiving and Christmas like some of the districts have been talking about. Not sure about Inks. They normally have youth on weekend.
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Old 07-19-2020, 12:51 AM   #21
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Last year they accidentally scheduled a youth deer hunt the same weekend as an adult duck hunt. Camp area was loaded and they had trouble with the crowds. I asked aboot it and they said it was an accident/oversight, so I could see the same being true for weekday youth hunts.
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Old 07-19-2020, 06:21 AM   #22
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Hunting/fishing trips were specifically listed as unexcused absences in my student handbook back in high school. When the time comes, don’t tell the school you’re going hunting... Tell them you’re taking your kid out for an important family matter.
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Old 07-19-2020, 10:50 AM   #23
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Several of the gde hunts are Tuesday through Friday. Big bend, chaparral, etc.


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the Chap GDE may be but the youth hunt is during the Christmas break.

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The only ones during week that isnít already a holiday is big bend and inks. Never seen them do that before. I know on a few hunts they have put notices that the dates were updated from what was originally posted so I donít know if that is a screw up or on purpose. Maybe BBSP figured the kids would be out between thanksgiving and Christmas like some of the districts have been talking about. Not sure about Inks. They normally have youth on weekend.
inks is still during the Christmas break I believe.
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Old 07-19-2020, 12:56 PM   #24
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The only ones during week that isnít already a holiday is big bend and inks. Never seen them do that before. I know on a few hunts they have put notices that the dates were updated from what was originally posted so I donít know if that is a screw up or on purpose. Maybe BBSP figured the kids would be out between thanksgiving and Christmas like some of the districts have been talking about. Not sure about Inks. They normally have youth on weekend.
Fairfield is during the week not during the holidays too, at least is was 2 and 3 years ago
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Old 09-07-2020, 02:31 AM   #25
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Greetings from an old hunter,
My grandson is 9 and I want to take him out for the first time. Do I need to write a note to the principal? Or a letter to each teacher? My wife is going crazy when I'm telling her about it, she thinks he can't miss a single day at school. But I don't care, I must teach him at least the basics, while I'm still in a perfect condition (I don't think I can stop aging... ).
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Old 09-07-2020, 05:59 AM   #26
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Greetings from an old hunter,
My grandson is 9 and I want to take him out for the first time. Do I need to write a note to the principal? Or a letter to each teacher? My wife is going crazy when I'm telling her about it, she thinks he can't miss a single day at school. But I don't care, I must teach him at least the basics, while I'm still in a perfect condition (I don't think I can stop aging... ).
Welcome to the fire. Congrats on getting to hunt with your grandson. I can't wait for that next phase in my hunting career.

My wife had a friend that thought the same way. She was trying to get her kid to have perfect attendance. Not me, I'm taking them hunting unless you can show me the box to check on a job application that says "Perfect attendance in the 5th grade"
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Old 09-07-2020, 06:23 AM   #27
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When my boy was in school, as long as I pulled him out after 10am, he wasnít counted absent. It was always on a Friday to get a head start to the lease and we only hunted the weekends.
Best thing to do is just call the school and see how they require you pulling them out.
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Old 09-07-2020, 09:07 AM   #28
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I'd tell them the family is going on a planned vacation and a "field trip" or outdoor experience where "the child gets to learn about the facts of nature and science via enrichment." There are many things that can not be taught in the class room. And can only be taught through "experiencing them". All instructors and teachers can prepare the child's work to be taken with them. After all, schools do outdoor "field trips" too, right? "Teaching through Experience".


Many of the things I have learned were not about just the hunt and killing, but about all the birds, critters, insects, reptiles, plants, geology, human influences, and many more colleges of substance, in the out doors. And how they all inter relate in an eco system. These things can be taught at any young age, no matter how young. It's how it's explained and experienced that matters. And the class room does not let the child truly "experience" much of it. Heck, the child might even get credit for science, geography, or history work when it's done, providing the teachers/instructors understand.

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Old 09-07-2020, 01:22 PM   #29
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My son has missed a few Friday's and/or the occasional Monday from school to go hunting or fishing. Didn't hurt his schooling one bit. He looks forward to it (so do I).
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Old 09-10-2020, 05:24 PM   #30
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I've taken mine out to hunt other states and deer in Texas. They go to a Christian School and aren't even counted absent. Still have to make up work. Hunts after they graduate tend to be far and few between. If they have a teacher who knows what it's about, we'll tell them where are going. If not, we'll tell them they're going on a trip with me. We're required to notify the school in writing. On that form I just put family matter. I also have them talk to each teacher. I tell them it's their responsibility if they want to go. I only get involved with the teachers if it is a problem.
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Old 09-15-2020, 04:02 PM   #31
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I always lived by the motto "Don't let school get in the way of a real education."
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Old 09-15-2020, 04:30 PM   #32
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I always lived by the motto "Don't let school get in the way of a real education."
I like it. I've only taken my son out early on a Friday afternoon to hunt. Wouldn't hesitate to make it a full day if it were the right hunt.
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Old 09-27-2020, 01:42 PM   #33
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Growing up in colorado I always took the week for the rifle season. Most teachers were very supportive of that back in the day. With this online learning I was able to take my daughter to Colorado for her antlerless elk muzzleloader tag. She didn't miss any school and tagged out in 30 min the first evening we went out.
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Old 09-29-2020, 01:52 PM   #34
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Growing up in colorado I always took the week for the rifle season. Most teachers were very supportive of that back in the day. With this online learning I was able to take my daughter to Colorado for her antlerless elk muzzleloader tag. She didn't miss any school and tagged out in 30 min the first evening we went out.
Congrats and welcome!
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Old 09-29-2020, 02:07 PM   #35
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I've always make sure my son has near perfect attendance, so when we have the opportunity to go on a hunt he can miss school and it not be an issue.
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Old 09-29-2020, 02:19 PM   #36
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When I was a kid, the only time I had good grades, a & b, was before and during hunting season. Then, I would skip some days with my dad.
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Old 10-26-2020, 05:34 AM   #37
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Greetings from an old hunter,
My grandson is 9 and I want to take him out for the first time. Do I need to write a note to the principal? Or a letter to each teacher? My wife is going crazy when I'm telling her about it, she thinks he can't miss a single day at school. But I don't care, I must teach him at least the basics, while I'm still in a perfect condition (I don't think I can stop aging... ).

We had a great time with Leo, I must say. Despite the fact that his teacher wasn't happy about it, I took him out of school the other day.

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Old 10-26-2020, 05:35 AM   #38
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It was his third time already. During the lockdown, we had much time to plan our single-day hunts.
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Old 10-26-2020, 11:31 AM   #39
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Checking the boy out Friday at noon. He learns more with me than at school anyway.
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