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    I was born in the oil boom! Been in the oil & gas buisness my whole life. Started out pumping, pulling units & drilling rigs in high school. After high school, I went to college & got a degree in industrial electronics. I worked for Enogex in college (largest natural gas company in Oklahoma). After graduating from college, I went to work for Phillips 66. After 7 years we merged with Conoco. Spent 13 years with the two of them. I quit 5 years ago & went back to Enogex. I get 5 weeks vacation & 15 paid holidays. The pay & benefits are both good. I also raise cattle, horses, mules & relief pump a couple a days a month. If you don't mind moving to western ND, Hiland Partners are paying well for hands in the oil & gas fields. Plus it gets you closer to Wyoming & Montana (awesome hunting).

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    I'm a med student and I know it'll be worth it eventually but it is seriously hard on the whole hunting thing right now. I had to put in for all points this year because my clinical rotations next year will be crazy busy. Then if I get into the my preferred residency, I'll be moving again and probably to the east coast or California which aren't necessarily on my list of ideal spots to live. It'll be at least eight or more years before I'm back in Big Sky country.

    A good read might be "Rich Dad, Poor Dad." You don't necessarily need to take everything in the book literal about becoming uber rich, but it has solid advice about staying out of the rat race of accumulating debts and working to to pay for those debts. It's all about gaining income producing assets that will make you money without your time.

    I used to fight wildland fire and the best hunting season I ever had was between undergrad and med school. After working all summer and getting a ton of OT, I spent six weeks in Montana doing nothing but hunting. I shot a six point bull in western MT, a five point buck in eastern MT, and a 14 inch antelope in the Centennial Valley, plus I hunted sage grouse, sharptail grouse, huns, pheasant, ducks, and geese and helped with other successful mule deer and whitetail hunts. It was awesome and plus fighting fire enabled me to hike around in places like Crater Lake, southern Idaho, the Mojave desert, the Arizona Strip, and the Grand Canyon (during the rut too, which was freaking awesome since we had huge bugling bulls running around our spike camp). Running saws and flying in helicopters is pretty cool too, but digging line and making mud for living can get pretty old. Plus really good fire seasons tend to run through September, which kills your archery seasons. Another aside to wildland fire is that you can scout out some new hunting spots while you're on the clock if you do it right.
    Can't spell scum without U&M... Go 'Cats!

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    I'm a production supervisor at a glass plant. We make windows and also a few solar panels.
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    I'm an Electrician in hydroelectric plants. Really good job that pays similar to line worker, but you don't have to be out in the elements. Like someone already said, it can be tough and long hours, but like anything after you put some time in it gets easier to get away once you've got vacation and sick leave.

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    I graduated college in 1984 and started working for contractors shortly there after. After about 15 years of doing it for someone else I decided I could do it myself. I have a concrete formwork business and build mostly round structures, underground water tanks, foundations for above ground steel tanks and elevated water tanks. I try to keep it pretty simple and have employees who understand the work, so taking time off is easy. When I take work off to hunt, I don't want any problems, so my goal is to not make money when I take time off, my goal is to not have a problem on the job that would cause my hunt to get interrupted. It is a little tougher to be self employed these days, much easier when I started my business, hopefully that good times are not over. Don't think I could work for someone again. I guess if I had too, I could but being an employee and a employer are much different.

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    I am currantly managing a Sand & Gravel operation. I was an excavation field manager till the bottom dropped out of that line of work and the company I work for got out of excavation and paving. I hope someday the market comes back so I can do what I loved doing, but for now I am very happy to still be working for the same company and learnig something differant. Crushing rock and making sand is a lot more technical than I realized! One good thing about the market drop is I can actually take time off work in September now, something that was completely out of the question when things were busy. September was always a big push to get things done so we could pave before the snow flew.

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    Exploration drill supervisor in a huge gold mine corporation which allows me to be in the hills constantly. Get 160hrs of vacation each year and can comp as many days as i would like. Took the whole month of September off last year as well as three weeks around Christmas time for hunting.

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    I used to be a contractor for years. Spent a year in a gold mine drilling exploration project and then left for helicopter flight school. Having done alot of things through out my years as a contractor I really appreciate my life skills that will be with me forever. Now that I am flying I am continuing my training and working towards being able to fly fires and or drilling support in a few years time.
    I tried to go to flight school in 96 right after HS, and never finished it. The helicopter pilot at the mine I worked at was awesome! He sparked that fire again and I just couldn't put the idea down!
    Been flying now just over a year and LOVE it! I am 37 and wish I had only done this sooner. You are on the right track. Find what you love and pursue it with everything you have in you!
    I hunt because......
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    Go to the oilfield! You can work a week or two on then the same amount of time off and get paid a lot where you can afford to go on all these big time hunts!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Brady View Post
    Go to the oilfield! You can work a week or two on then the same amount of time off and get paid a lot where you can afford to go on all these big time hunts!
    Ive got some buddies in wyoming. Week on week off. A dream trophy hunters schedule.
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