I did some part time guiding in texas for several years 20-25 years ago ( pre conservation order). I also guided in Central IL a handful of times a year in central IL. I can tell you first hand that guiding is way harder than most of the non guiding people realize. And to be an good outfitter, and do it right is very expensive, So even guys that charge $600-$800 a gun aren't getting rich doing it. The outfitter that I worked for in texas leased 50,000 acres in 3 counties. 20 years ago, most of that ground leased for $2 an acre. Add fuel costs to that for flood roosts. Add fuel cost of driving 100-200 miles a day scouting fields. Add Insurance. Add decoys, 4 wheels, and blinds, and storage for all of that gear. Then find someone stupid enough to want to take complete strangers out with loaded weapons for minimal guide fee ( say $200 a day), plus tip......... keep in mind a majority of the clientele won't have any idea how to load their new benellis, or opera the safety(s) . ........If hunting from a steel pit, the risk factor goes up exponentially (add another $50 for hazardous duty). Usually folks will want to hunt over as many decoys as possible, but most won't want to assist in setting, or picking up decoys,...So add another couple of hundred bucks for a couple of guys to set decoys at o'dark thirty before work to set out a spread. ( or , often, these guys will be guide assistants, and hunt along with said group)......Which really isn't a bad thing. Most clients will want shooters to assist them with killing a hefty pile of geese for their big day's end photo op........... Trust me, on this one, when I guided, I carried a loaded gun, and always allowed all of my clients to empty their guns first, but they always wanted me shooting....er killing geese for their photos. Of course when the hunt was over, they'd want nothing to do with any the birds........ Most declaring "that Snowgeese aren't fit to eat" ........( proof that they probably never tried eating them).