It sounds like you didn't tap the reliable resources of this NC & SC Forum here, before your booking I had a somewhat similar experience over 30+ years ago when we drove from Michigan and had a guide that I've since been told, has improved and really turned his business around. That was the 1st year for swan tags and were over the counter 1st come basis and our guide had 4 waiting for our group. I guess if you liked to shoot buffies' all day .. that was a dream come true hunt The weather did turn 1 day and we did get mallards and our 4 swans also but said never again, as we had all the limit hunts in Michigan one could dream of!! Sea ducks eventually came from "other" trips!!