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#1 2rocky

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Posted 30 July 2018 - 07:39 AM

Let me preface this by saying I only have a limited number of vacation days.  

 

I've been approached by some hunting buddies about bowhunting an area in Oregon in a really cool wilderness area.  I've hunted with one of the guys before and he is going as the packer and camp guy.  Cost to me: License, Tags, 1/4 of groceries, horseshoeing and travel expenses.  I've killed a bull in Oregon with my bow before, and my budget for the next few months is going to be TIGHT.  

 

I just got an email from a sales rep with a company I buy a lot of stuff from.  One of their suppliers has a fishing trip in Canada for 4 days and I'm invited.  i've never spent much time in Canada, and I've certainly never fished there.  The dates fall on days I dON'T  have my kids.  They invited me last year but I was unable to go.  Cost to me = Nothing....I do feel like if i go I will need to use 2 paid vacation days so my bosses don't fell like they are paying me to goof off.  

 

If all was equal I'd go on the bowhunt no doubt.  But I hate to pass up on a chance to broaden my horizons, and schmooze with some bigwigs in my industry.  Could this fishing trip set the stage for some thing bigger in my career?  It also brings up the discussion about feeling beholden to suppliers who put on trips for their clients.  I always felt like they are going to take SOMEONE, so it might as well be me.....What are your thoughts?.....

 

 

 


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Posted 30 July 2018 - 08:09 AM

what are you fishing for and how many fish (lb) are you going to bring home?  are you going to be able to hunt this year at all?

 

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Posted 30 July 2018 - 08:54 AM

You are be holding to no suppliers. They are however beholden to you. 

Just flipped a coin, it said you should go schmooze and save some mulla! 


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Posted 30 July 2018 - 09:11 AM

Never been to Canada, that gets my vote.



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Posted 30 July 2018 - 09:44 AM

Go fishing dude...I hate bow hunting! You will come home with a full freezer..if you went to orgonia chasing mammals with a stick and string , odds are you would come home light in the cooler and pocket book! My 1.5 cents.

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Posted 30 July 2018 - 10:50 AM

Go fishing dude...I hate bow hunting! You will come home with a full freezer..if you went to orgonia chasing mammals with a stick and string , odds are you would come home light in the cooler and pocket book! My 1.5 cents.

If there were DOVE, It would be a no brainer...


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Posted 30 July 2018 - 11:19 AM

EXACTLY!!! SEPT.1. JUST AROUND THE CORNER!! Damn things are even in my garage! Can't wait!

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Posted 30 July 2018 - 01:04 PM

Dude.... fur over fish anytime. You can fish 12 months of the year. Go kill a bull.

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Posted 30 July 2018 - 01:54 PM

Tough choice, but I would take the paid fishing trip and pocket the cash for the next hunting venture.

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Posted 30 July 2018 - 03:14 PM

I've been on a lot of work related fishing trips over the years similar to the one you're describing. I would do it in a heart beat If I were you. I got to see and do so many things I would never have paid for myself. Private ranches with drift boats and many miles of practically private rivers because of access troubles, high end resorts in the Keys with great fishing etc. The free food and alcohol will likely be much better than the 1/4 of the groceries you would be on the hook for in OR.

I never felt like I owed anyone down the road, or made a decision that was bad for the company I worked for. I did always come out of it with a much better and different relationship with key people that improved negotiations down the road. We also had a more comfortable and casual attitude with each that helped me get discounts, extended payment terms, RA's for crap we didn't sell well, advertising dollars or whatever is key to your field.

The only negative was when I would decide I had to go back to a place again someday with my family of four. After researching costs for some of the trips I'd have to concede that my kids were better off with collage tuition than a fishing vacation. 



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Posted 30 July 2018 - 04:58 PM

Canada, especially depending on the fishing to be had....


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Posted 30 July 2018 - 06:01 PM

Fishing is for fun.  Hunting is serious business.


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Posted 30 July 2018 - 06:34 PM

I would do the fishing. Mostly because it is work related and opportunities in the work place can lead to more money which could allow you to retire earlier.

Retire early, hunt more.

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Posted 30 July 2018 - 06:47 PM

Nic..I married WAY up..I retired early...she,s lucky to have me..and so are those dang kids... UGGH!!

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Posted 30 July 2018 - 07:00 PM

Bamboozled that this is even a question... Ed F




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