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    I'm in sales. Look into this as you can make as much money as you want, especially if you are paid on a commission basis. With the right company you produce to numbers they want, earn as much money as you want and take time off whenever you need to. I enjoy the flexibility sales offers.

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    Wildlife technician. I always knew I wanted to work in the wildlife field and I could imagine doing nothing else. I had no idea that it would come with a lot of negatives. When I went to college for this I knew that I would never get rich and that was ok because it was more than enough pay to get by. That is hardly the case now with the rapid inflation of the past five years. The other negative is that while everyone is hunting im working. It is hard to get off to hunt while your working for the other sportsmen during that particular hunting season. If I would have went into fisheries I think it would have been easier to hunt. That being said it is a great job that I don't dread getting up for on most days and wouldn't b qualified for much else.

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    Quote Originally Posted by tkeslar View Post
    Sawfish, I understand and respect your concern. I am 2 classes away from having a BS degree. So if something terrible does happen I can get my degree in about 3 months. As we speak my plant is doubling its size/output in development projects. I really hope nothing happens with my job before I'm ready to retire which I will do at 55. If we do go under, I think this whole country will be in a world of hurt
    Unfortunately, we are already in a world of hurt.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Sawfish View Post
    Unfortunately, we are already in a world of hurt.
    Seeing where you say you live out on the left coast, I can certainly see why you made that statement!!!

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    Career choice is important but the spending decisions you make along the way matter more than anything. I have been a guide, outfitter, fence builder, ranch foreman, truck washer, manager, field rep, salesman, production scheduler, and now I work for a company that builds industrial fans and custom machined parts. I now live 2 blocks from my job...awesome. I have lived in 21 states and travelled all over experiencing anything I could. The one thing that holds true through it all for everyone I know- Those that lived within their means were always ahead of those that did not. Regardless of how much you make or what you do, if you can live within your means you will always have enough. It is perspective and a personal decision to be satisfied with what you have. I know very rich men that don't have enough and I know poor men that are very happy. Good luck in your career choice, but whatever you decide, keep the right perspective.

    PS- Find a wife with the same perspective...

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    Darn HillTop,
    You sound like my wife, (specifically) when she tells me to live within our means, this being her response when I told her her I need a CO Elk tag to go with my WY Elk Tag. Seems logical and fiscally responsible to me, I'm out there anyways.

    Seriously your advice is very wise and profound.
    In our case we compliment each other, I spend freely and she does her best to say no, while maintaining the lifestyle we have without me breaking us. Unfortunately we are each too extreme in our role, but it works.

    And so not to get completely off topic……. I have arguably the best job in the world which I will retire from in a little more than a year. I have a couple of pics of my "office" in the profile.
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    I'm a deputy sheriff. I would never limit my career to be able to hunt. I prefer to make money and give my family everything I possibly can. I work at an agency that pays well and am lucky for that. I do get a lot of time off to hunt and will hunt like a wild man in 8 years and three months when I retire! 20 yr retirement only truly good thing about this job and with that being said, be a firman!

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    Quote Originally Posted by OregonJim View Post
    Darn HillTop,
    You sound like my wife, (specifically) when she tells me to live within our means, this being her response when I told her her I need a CO Elk tag to go with my WY Elk Tag. Seems logical and fiscally responsible to me, I'm out there anyways.

    Seriously your advice is very wise and profound.
    In our case we compliment each other, I spend freely and she does her best to say no, while maintaining the lifestyle we have without me breaking us. Unfortunately we are each too extreme in our role, but it works.

    And so not to get completely off topic……. I have arguably the best job in the world which I will retire from in a little more than a year. I have a couple of pics of my "office" in the profile.
    Are you in one of those boats??!! Holy cow man you would have to have a set to do that!

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    As a kid growing up, I spent many of my days after school hanging around the business my father started in his garage two years before I was born. The year I graduated from high school we moved to Oregon and I studied mechanical engineering at Oregon Tech. If you enjoy math and science, for a four-year degree engineering is hard to beat when it comes to the opportunities and pay it offers.

    After graduation, I went to work for the family business, as a project engineer at first. In my late twenties, I took an assignment to do a plant start-up in the Netherlands (manufacturing, technical support, sales). Over the next three years, with a lot of help and support, we got the place set-up, hired locals and trained them, and brought the business to profitability. Three years later we moved back to Oregon, then four years I later lost both of my parents in a tragic auto accident. The family pulled together and reorganized the business and I moved into a VP role responsible for development engineering and business development in Europe.

    A couple years later, the pastor resigned at the local non-denominational church we were involved in. I helped teach occasionally for a couple years as the church looked for a new pastor. I ended up resigning from the family business and offered to candidate with the church. For the next 4 years I served as the teaching pastor, with a focus on teaching the Scriptures verse by verse and building a current, authentic, relevant, loving community of believers.

    At the end of the fourth year with the church, my wife of 18 years filed for divorce. Before the ink had time to dry on the settlement, she was engaged and soon after married one of my best friends. A year later I married Christy. She has truly been a blessing, my best friend and as solid as a rock. The morning after we returned from our honeymoon we were met with a massive child-custody battle, not of our choosing, that pretty much consumed us the next four years. It would have been far easier to walk away, at times it was tempting, but if I didn’t stay the course, my children would have lost their dad. Last spring the court ruled in our favor and a coordinator was appointed to monitor that parenting plan was enforced, which has dramatically reduced the drama.

    I’m now a full time dad. One of my youngest sons and my daughter got to go hunting with me last fall for the first time in years. My son got a Columbia whitetail buck and a cow elk. My daughter just missed getting a doe. This spring break we have plans at the coast, and this summer a trip to Lake Powell, to create some lifetime memories.

    For the next phase in life, I would love to build a home with my wife (who had her own business as an interior designer), and start a business related to hunting, fishing or the outdoors.

    Life is filled with twists and turns. I don’t know how people do it without a firm faith in the living God, and the confidence that He uses difficult things in our lives to mature us and shape eternal character. I've been hesitant to share my story, but I thought if I can ever be an encouragement to any of you men, I'm here to help. Just send me a PM.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Umpqua Hunter View Post
    As a kid growing up, I spent many of my days after school hanging around the business my father started in his garage two years before I was born. The year I graduated from high school we moved to Oregon and I studied mechanical engineering at Oregon Tech. If you enjoy math and science, for a four-year degree engineering is hard to beat when it comes to the opportunities and pay it offers.

    After graduation, I went to work for the family business, as a project engineer at first. In my late twenties, I took an assignment to do a plant start-up in the Netherlands (manufacturing, technical support, sales). Over the next three years, with a lot of help and support, we got the place set-up, hired locals and trained them, and brought the business to profitability. Three years later we moved back to Oregon, then four years I later lost both of my parents in a tragic auto accident. The family pulled together and reorganized the business and I moved into a VP role responsible for development engineering and business development in Europe.

    A couple years later, the pastor resigned at the local non-denominational church we were involved in. I helped teach occasionally for a couple years as the church looked for a new pastor. I ended up resigning from the family business and offered to candidate with the church. For the next 4 years I served as the teaching pastor, with a focus on teaching the Scriptures verse by verse and building a current, authentic, relevant, loving community of believers.

    At the end of the fourth year with the church, my wife of 18 years filed for divorce. Before the ink had time to dry on the settlement, she was engaged and son after married one of my best friends. A year later I married Christy. She has truly been a blessing, my best friend and as solid as a rock. The morning after we returned from our honeymoon we were met with a massive child-custody battle, not of our choosing, that pretty much consumed us the next four years. It would have been far easier to walk away, at times it was tempting, but if I didn’t stay the course, my children would have lost their dad. Last spring the court ruled in our favor and a coordinator was appointed to monitor that parenting plan was enforced, which has dramatically reduced the drama.

    I’m now a full time dad. One of my youngest sons and my daughter got to go hunting with me last fall for the first time in years. My son got a Columbia whitetail buck and a cow elk. My daughter just missed getting a doe. This spring break we have plans at the coast, and this summer a trip to Lake Powell, to create some lifetime memories.

    For the next phase in life, I would love to build a home with my wife (who had her own business as an interior designer), and start a business related to hunting, fishing or the outdoors.

    Life is filled with twists and turns. I don’t know how people do it without a firm faith in the living God, and the confidence that He uses difficult things in our lives to mature us and shape eternal character. I've been hesitant to share my story, but if I can ever be an encouragement to any of you men, I'm here to help. Just send me a PM.
    God bless you Jim. I'm proud to have met you here. I was touched deeply with what you wrote and I can relate to a lot of what you wrote so just know it was an encouragement and blessing to me. Thanks for sharing that.

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