Pardon ARN, as he is a red neck to the extreme. :laughing:
Here in MN they are everywhere when it comes to field goose hunting. The vast majority of goose field decoy hunters use them.
CA is a bit delayed in accepting them. As very few outfitters even had them 4 years ago, now more do. But the CA resident hunters by and large still do not use them in MB and SK where I have hunted.
Many CA waterfowl guides are hacks at best from what I have seen. They throw out 18 old shell decoys and hide in the rock piles or willow bluffs and charge $300 USD per day
And most are very unscrupulous from my experience, like lieing to the landowners, etc... Do you know the #1 question from a landowner was? Do you guide? They want NOTHING to do with the resident guides/outfitters being they have been burned so often as guides pretending to be "hunters".
Granted there are a couple of good outfitters that are respectable and have good equipment, but, most do not from what I've seen. I am a blue coller guy and can not afford setups like some US hunters have like 16' trailers filled with FBs, so when my decoys spread (3.5dz FBs) and gear look top of the line when compared to the outfitters, one knows there is a viod of knowledge and experience with the outfitters.
Back to the blinds, there is 1 big limitation with them, and that is it is a lot different shooting when shooting from a seated position, ones swing is restricted, compared to when standing. And many have a problem with that. Also older Gents, they have a much harder time in dealing with lying down and then sitting up to shoot from my experience.
Lastly, I think being Admin was talking of exchange rates and shipping, I suspect he was referring to cataloge/internet sales places in the US.