I made a concious decision a few years ago to focus on quality of hunting/fishing as opposed to quantity of time spent afield. The economy, lease prices, fuel and whatnot certainly weighed in on the decision but so too did being a new father, grad student, etc.
I used to hunt and fish all the time. I figured that what I spent on gas, dues, etc could be lumped together and rather than hunting/fishing all the time I could do one or two trips a year to parts unknown. It's among the best decisions I've ever made. I've enjoyed much better hunting/fishing albeit less frequently and made memories that will last a lifetime. In addition, its given me the opportunity to see much of this beautiful country we live in and make a few friends along the way.
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