• January 2007 - Volume 9, Number 6


    Tim Leonard’s blackmouth cur squirrel dog sat obediently on the tailgate of my good friend’s pickup truck as we quickly filled the magazines of our .22 rifles and crammed extra rounds of ammunition into the pockets of our game vests for good measure.

    We would be hunting a 640-acre plot of old plantation land, chock-full of giant hardwoods where squirrels abound. The weather was typical for January in Mississippi –– clear and cold. Perfect for chasing bushytails with a well-trained squirrel dog.

    Although it is January and the chill of winter has dampened the spirit of many saltwater anglers, there are still some outstanding fishing opportunities for those willing to venture into the shallows along the Golden Gulf Coast. In these waters, anglers with keen eyesight may do battle with an amazing skinny-water prowler known as the red channel bass.

    As I grow older, I sometimes think back upon the days of my youth. It is easy now to realize just how good I had it. At the time, I often thought that life was hard. In some ways things were difficult, but definitely not unbearable. I may have moaned over having to work after school and on Saturdays, but I now realize how carefree most of those times were. Sometimes I wish for those days to return, knowing all the time they cannot.

    Kainen Gilley waited patiently in the deer blind with his dad, Bryan, and their guide, Scott Adams.

    Happy New Year to everyone in the white perch capital of the world, the great state of Mississippi. Who was that idiot politician — from New York, I think — who recently had an attack of Hoof “in” Mouth disease when he asked the question, “...but who... wants to live in Mississippi?” We need to bring that guy down here in the middle of the winter and introduce him to a jig pole and the best crappie fishing in the world!

    It may shatter a stereotype, but I’m in sales and I don’t play golf. However, since it is no mystery that getting people out of their business surroundings can give you a very important glance at another side of their personality, I still want to entertain my customers. Removing someone from such distractions as ringing phones, impossible deadlines and the day-in, day-out stress of today’s business environment can give a salesperson the opportunity to know a customer better, quicker. In addition, if you are the one responsible for showing a client a good time, they could, quite possibly, always associate you with the sense of relaxation that you provided for them.

    For many years, companies vying for increased business opportunities have recognized golfing trips as a way to get closer to their customers, and simply playing at a course in your own town is not enough. Any good salesperson understands the benefit of a captive audience. The trick is finding some place far enough away but still convenient, and not so expensive as to be cost prohibitive. Entire industries have sprung up around the idea of a “golf trip.” Packages have been designed which include transportation, lodging, meals, as well as golf-associated fees.

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