People don't realize what's involved in setting up for a hunting or fishing retail booth/space. The amount of stuff to be taken from the store to the site may require several vehicles, and several trips.
Then you have to pc together the outline of your space. Install and put together the shelving...add the product hangers to the shelving...THEN go round and try and fit all your products on all the pegs...clothing carousels...setting up the gun racks...running the cables thru all the guns...and a hundred other things.
I seen Dougie workin day and night doin this for his beloved Hnatiuks booth prior to the show starting. Danny Ritchie...same thing. Trucks and trailers full of gear from the valley to HEC...the set up...the staffing, the tear down. With the tight margins on most products these days...the rent price, the price of fuel, meals, hotels (if they stay) they need to move a WHOLE LOT of product to just break even !!
I don't believe it's that they don't want to be there, most can't afford to take a loss to be there. My .02 worth