Rice production now is about half what it once was, but that reduction in farming hasn't dissuaded the snow geese. Instead, it has only served to concentrate the birds. And on the remaining prairie, outfitters and farmers have created more roost areas to discourage the geese from traveling great distances for food. Management is an integral part of waterfowl hunting these days, and an expensive one. Costs for pumping water and plowing fields at precisely the right time, without which a potentially great hunting area might never attract a single snow goose, can be nearly as much as the lease itself. Because management is so costly and the "product" so elusive ("You can't make geese do anything," says Gore), many outfitters only last a few seasons. The annual "Waterf0 or more snow geese. While he waited in the car, engine and heater running, he sent his personal servant into the restaurant to complete paperwork and secure a cup of coffee. I insisted that this mystery hunter come in and add his own signature to the release form. Besides bringing all the hunters together for a routine safety speech, those early meetings gave guides a chance to size up their hunters.