Ever considered a career change to hunt more?

deer_shooter

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I haven't considered a career change to get more hunting time but I have passed up opportunities to make a lot more money so as not to give up vacation time. I work for a large hospital system and this year will get another week of vacation putting me at 6 weeks and 2 days of time off. With our flex time, i don't need to take time off for routine personal appointments so i can comfortably do 2 hunts a year plus take a 2 week vacation in the summer.
What about the social media thing? Have you figured out how to make money via Youtube, etc? What about firefighter, EMT, etc? My best friend is a firefighter and works 24hr shifts so he works 2 or 3 days a week. He often trades shifts with other guys to string days off together.
 
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When I first left the military, I would pick up jobs with private security contractors. Pretty good money and plenty of time off if you wanted it. I was always moving to the next contract though, the money and travel was addictive. Not a job for a family man however. I gave it up after I got married.
 

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This crosses my mind all the time. I figure I've saved enough that we could live ( simply ) off investments if it weren't for one thing - Health Care. You take it for granted when you have solid employment. I haven't figured out how to solve that beyond "keep saving."
 

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My buddies and I shoot the breeze on this topic all the time. How can we find a legitimate career that allows us to take the entire fall off?

My two best friends and I are all single, so it's fun and a little more realistic to consider, but will not likely happen. We work in medical device sales for a great company, and it would be too much of a good thing to give up (as of now). That's why the brainstorming is a fun challenge; of course one could go take seasonal jobs and get this done. But what about that magical job with good pay, and good benefits, and retirement, that includes three months off in the fall?

As far as compatible professional careers go, Big Fin seems to be pretty close. Additionally, I work with surgeons, and they have quite a bit of vacation freedom, especially towards the ends of their careers.

My best friend and I come from a demanding military community, and our best idea is to do seasonal overseas paramilitary contracting. The money is outstanding, and we could find contracts that don't involve the fall. It's not off the table, but we also want families soon (I'm 30, he's 28). Not exactly great for that life. Gone for 6-8 months of the year, high risk, etc.

Entrepreneurship is the other obvious path, albeit with the massive caveat that it actually be viable. Oh and winning the lottery of course.

Anyone else ever brainstorm about this? This is a healthy relationship with hunting, right? ;)
Daily. It's not far away for me and it's call RETIRED with passive business income. I got 50 verified years on my SS record, so maybe it's about time. BTW, I've never met anyone yet who was away from home that long who made it work but you might be the first somehow. Good luck to you.
 

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I used to think about it almost daily when I lived somewhere that I loathed, with an ex-spouse that I despised, and a job that I disliked tremendously. Now that my kids are grown and in college, I live in a State that I love, at a public sector job that I really enjoy and has alot of flexibility, and I am able to maximize hunting every weekend and take a week or two off. So now I hardly think about it at all because I now live a life that I am very happy with. There's alot to be said of well thought out decisions when a guy is young, which I did not do......

That being said, I've heard of tradesman (carpenters, plumbers, etc) that get all their work done in 10 months & take 2 months off in the fall during hunting season, so it can be done.
 

406dn

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More than half a lifetime ago, we made a career change and move so that I could live a life with hunting as a primary passion. It took preparation and some combination of balls or recklessness.

We made it work, it took a bit of time to get a job comparable to the one I left. We raised our kids, enjoy grandkids and I have close to forty years of hunting memories since our move.

Outside of marrying my wife, it is without doubt the biggest decision we ever made. I'm grateful it proved to be a good one.
 
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