I suppose its my turn.
Im Matt Goldschmidt. 38, dad of 4, (15, 11, 6, and 2) Two boys and two girls. Im in the tv industry, primarilly oudoor programming, videography and editing for network TV. I have a wonderful wife who appreciates my addictions. I grew up in Indiana, then spend a good deal of time in Tennessee. I go up there a few times a year to hunt deer, duck, goose, turkey, bear and the occasional small game hunt with my kids. My heart is in Tennesse. In florida, fish, hunt, camp, etc. as much as possible. Id much rather be outdoors than in. And because of that, I belive the hunt is not all about the kill... its the experience outdoors, with a friend or a family member - watching the sun rise... and feeling the world come alive. The payoff.... is food for the family. Thats hunting to me.
Duck hunting has always been a part of my hunting experience. Yet it is one of my favorite hunts of all. When you will give up hours of sleep, run a boat in the dark swamp, set out decoys, and spend money as we do just for TWO WOOD DUCKS.... (and be happy about it) you know your addicted. I am. And I know a few others who are.
also, I got to add, the toys that go along with this addiction couldnt be better. Guns, boats, atv's, trailers, trucks, camo anything - and critters that go on the wall.
Hope to see you on some body or river some day.