Cast and Blast
The up front costs of leasing land, building and brushing blinds, preparing decoys, boats and dogs.....or hiring a guide is expensive. Unfortunately there were too many customers who did not "get it". They felt entitled to kill and expected to kill ducks just because they spent their money on a guide.
On the other hand, there were other customers who were just happy to be there. Tickled to death to watch the sunrise over decoys instead of through a windshield on the way to work. If they shot their gun great, but if they didn't, they'd wipe it off and put it back in the case until next time. The oysters were good, great steak sandwich and it was cool to cast at a striper or trout on the way home. Those are the people that I miss spending time with. No December tournaments or trips to the Galapagos planned this year, so I'll be around and thought that I may dabble in it a bit.