I've missed very few hunting seasons since I began tagging along behind my Dad when I was 12 years old or so. I did however miss many school days that happened to align with Nova Scotia's opening of big game season, but that's a whole other story !
The only season I remember missing most of was when my Dad was sick and in the hospital and subsequently passed away during the open season for bear and deer.
When I did finally get out for a little whitetail hunt I was fortunate enough to take a chunky little buck with my bow of the day, a Marten Hatfield Recurve. The shot was perfect as was the recovery and meals we dined on throughout the winter.
It was the first critter I had taken without sharing the story with my father. So it was an odd mixture of emotions. But in the balancing act...in the end it was a great day doing what we all love to do.
The only thing I didn't do was ensure I had a nice picture to remember the day by. That in itself is not a big deal, but I own very few mounts, the few I did have I have given away for the most part. Pictures are my method of choice when I want to take a little trip down memory lane.
If you are a picture lover as I am....it only takes a minute to grab some decent pictures. Fancy cameras and skills aside, anyone can take a great pictures these days with minimal computer/editing skills. However, I think even the most talented photo manipulator will admit that it's best to start with a good field picture in the first place.
One tidbit of advice would be to take more than you think you will need ! Its easy to delete them after the fact but tough to get them once the critter has been processed and put in the deep freeze.