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Dear Ann Landers,
I read something in the paper a while back that gave me an idea. I need your advice on whether to do it. The problem: a husband who would rather go fishing and hunting with the boys than be with me.

The following news story appeared on the Associated Press wire:

A woman in Isanti, Minn., got fed up with her husband's absenteeism. He, too, was a fishing and hunting nut. She ran the following ad on his birthday:

"Husband for sale cheap. Comes complete with hunting and fishing equipment. Also one pair of jeans, two shirts, a Lab retriever and 25 pounds of deer meat. Not home much between September and January or April through October. Will consider trade."

When the first few calls came from interested women, her husband thought it was amusing. But by the second day, the phone was ringing off the wall. He didn't think it was so funny.

A few days later, she ran a second ad saying it was all a joke and she had decided to keep her husband after all. I'd say the little lady scored a victory.

How about it, Ann? Should I do likewise?
--Fifty Pounds of Deer Meat, 30 Quails, 40 Mallards, 20 Trout and 2 Marlins

Dear Woman,
How good is your husband's sense of humor? And what about yours? Do you really want to unload the guy? Any chance of your going along at least part of the time? Consider all of the above before you do anything rash.

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Debra's Comment
I dated a man that went to his hunting club every weekend for camping and deer hunting. I didn't complain I joined him in the hunting and camping. Had the time of my life!
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