Having a child is going to be a bit restrictive on your hunting for a very short period of time. That time you spend with your wife and child at this point in time is far more valuable than a few duck hunts ever thought of being. Being hard core in my book is being committed to your family to the point that when the children are old enough to tag along that they still want to spend time with you.
I had my oldest son on the trapline with me at 2 years old on our farm in Illinois.
He's 30 now and is still right by my side on every hunt.
I work with my youngest son in our family business and see him on a daily basis and I don't take that luxury for granted.
I've spent their lifetime building a relationship with them rather than focusing on just hunting and fishing. Instead I used hunting and fishing to build that relationship.
It's rare that I duck hunt more than one spot anymore, we don't have a boat and very little time during duck season to scout. I don't duck hunt much at all until after Christmas each season because we just don't have the time. I can't sit on the river bank for the first two months of season without hearing that nagging voice in my head, "when are my decoys going to be done", only to come home to multiple e-mails saying the same thing, so I just don't go until after Christmas. Making a living working with duck decoys does have it's drawbacks, but I wouldn't have it any other way, I love what I do. On rare occasions we don't have a good hunt, but usually that is due to having our honey hole shot out like it was this week. I wasn't terribly surprised, we shot a four man limit last week with another group of guys about a half mile down river that didn't shoot much at all. It's kind of hard to hide the spot when that happens. We hunt the same spot 90% of the time and shoot a 5 bird average per day per hunter, it's all about knowing how to decoy.
One thing I have learned over the years is hunting buddies will come and go, but family is the only thing you can count on, at least if you've raised your kids right and make sure your wife knows that she is more important than anything else in your world.
We don't have any down time in the decoy business as the orders from New Zealand are beginning to pour in already. I will make the time to bear hunt once I get all of my design work done for Tanglefree. I spend far more time bear hunting than duck hunting since we don't have so many time binds on orders in the spring. It's just something else I can do and spend time with my wife and son's and now their wives.
The point I'm trying to make is in the scheme of things, missing a few duck hunts for a year or two or not having the time to go is pretty short term for most. There is nothing, NOTHING more important than being there for your kids and wife right now and from now on. I've seen a lot of divorced duck hunters who have their kids a couple of days here and there, now that would be depressing.