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    Taking him out of school

    OK, last year I took my youngest son out of school for a week as I bow hunted for Elk in Wyoming. He came along with a deer tag and had a blast as I called a bull right in to us and killed it. Its one of the most memorable moments I have had with him. He has talked and talked about this since then I and told him if he got good grades I would take him out west again and this time we both would elk hunt. His grades have done excellent and he is a senior in high school. We struck out in New Mexico but I am planning a OTC archery hunt in Colorado.



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    How many days would you feel comfortable taking him out of school? I have been planning two weeks since last year but I am getting some negative feedback from people and that's causing me second thoughts. He is OK as far as school policy goes. Its his last year before he heads off to College and I believe he has earned this. People are saying no more than a week but where we live there is very few people that hunt (my son knows nobody in school that hunts)



    Thoughts?

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    Haha, this is probably not the best place to get this advice. I know that I regularly was out long periods of school for hunting purposes. I mean, during the rut when you have a front move through, you really have to be out there. That being said, if you can manage to get the school to let him make up his work, I think two weeks is fine. I ended up being an engineer, so apparently it didn't hurt me much.

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    Later in life your son won't remember much of anything he learned from his teachers in that two week period, and he won't suffer for it either ... but he'll remember spending two weeks hunting with his father for the rest of his life.

    Take him hunting for the two weeks!!

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    If he's doing excellent work in school, let him make up the two weeks he'll miss and you'll both be better for it the rest of your lives! He'll also be going on the hunt the first part of the school year and that would make it a lot different than if it was at a more critical time of the school year.
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    Our school here in Nebraska is very hunter friendly. They allow students to get all assignments and homework in a package before they leave. Then they can do this work in the evening or whenever time presents. I take my sons out for however long I want with no negative repercussions. I am a dad that sits down and does homework with my kids so they never have skipped a beat- 100% straight As. My opinion is that kids will learn more in those two weeks hunting with their dad than they will in 3 months of school... take him hunting and don't look back. I know he won't.

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    Take him as long as he wants to go. Missing 5 or 10 days of school is no big deal IMO. He will remember that hunt more than 2 weeks of school anyway.

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    Two weeks! The girls will probably miss him more than the teachers will anyway!

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    I'd say 2 weeks, some families go on vacation to florida or wherever else people decide to go and are gone for around that length of time

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    I'll get out for about of week for a trip

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    Everyone is sure making my mind a lot more at ease!!!!

    Thanks for all the comments and advice

 

 

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