Thankful Outdoors: Prepping for November and Halloween

MARSHFIELD, WI (OnFocus) – It’s been a crazy busy week, trying to get things ready for November. November is a month of the year that I look forward to so much. I save a lot of vacation time, so I can be in the woods as much as possible. That is precisely how I will be kicking off my week is with vacation.

Before getting into November, though, one needs to show a bit of respect for that last week of October. On the walks in town, you will see how creative people are getting with their decorating. The streets will soon be filled with trick-or-treaters. Dewey enjoys sniffing and checking out all the decorations. The scarecrows with pumpkin heads always get the patented DK stare-down!

My day job has some fun with Halloween and does a contest with costumes and pumpkin carving. Even with most of our workforce being remote workers, we have found ways to pull the teams together. Have some fun and check out the RevCycle, Inc posts to vote for costumes and pumpkins. Each entry has picked a charity of choice to donate their winnings. Your vote will help a good cause!

I told my boys that I dress up more as an adult than as a child for Halloween. Growing up with a Dad who is a diehard bowhunter, I spent more time in a tree stand on October 31st than I did going from house to house filling up bags of candy.

The favorite stop was the Olson farm just north of our house when going trick or treating. They gave out full-size candy bars, and they’ve always been my favorite, Mr. Goodbar! As far as I was concerned, that was the only stop a kid ever needed to make.

When I was in school, kids would talk about how much loot they got, like I sat in a tree for hours and watched deer. I would get some strange looks about what is wrong with this kid, who doesn’t like getting free candy. I would shrug it off and think I’m just saving myself from being diabetic later in life!

Why does November mean so much to me? November hits special to me because of one word, FAMILY. This month is when I spend a lot of time with my family. Going to various deer camps, sharing hunts, taking road trips, dragging deer, sitting around campfires, and of course, the entire nine-day gun season spent together making memories.

When Thanksgiving comes around, I have so much to reflect on and be thankful for. Anyone that has ever spent time around my family has often told me how lucky I am to have what I have. I can’t argue with that perspective and count my blessings about the people in my life that I call family.

My boys have not picked up the passion or desire to pursue deer with archery equipment, but they still enjoy the gun season. I’m looking forward to the end of the month when I get to be with all my boys again. It’s not often anymore when I get that opportunity.

One of the most cherished photos is from 2020 rifle season, where the boys and I started our season in the outfitters’ tent at Cooper Dam. The photo of the four of us together, sharing the moment of Connor’s first buck harvest, is a highlight in my timeline in life.

The chest freezer is getting low on venison supply, and I look forward to the challenge of filling the freezer back up. A goal for this year is to harvest a deer and have Mark teach me how to make venison bacon.

In closing, I hope you find a way to get into the outdoors, create your adventure and memories, but most importantly, find a way to “Celebrate the Experience.” Go check out www.thankfuloutdoors.com for more content and share your “Celebrate the Experience” moment with us!

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Scott Hopperdietzel
Author: Scott Hopperdietzel

Scott Hopperdietzel is the creator of an outdoor blog named Thankful Outdoors. He shares his passion for the outdoors with readers. The focus of the blog is to “Celebrate the Experience” in his stories; you feel what the connection to the outdoors means to him. His goal is to inspire others to get into the outdoors and create their own experience. Along with writing, he is a father to three boys who are often part of the adventures along with the family Weimaraner, Boone. You can find his writings on the website www.thankfuloutdoors.com or follow his social media platforms on Facebook, Instagram, and YouTube.