Sorry to hear that. Growth can be good but when it messes with hunting opportunities it's never good.In my book, it has been a slow season. But, I also lost about 30 private-access corners to the Pheasants Forever Corners program. Those get hit 4 or 5 times a day, so they are off of my radar. Have gotten a few fields to replace the lost ground, though. However, with much of the season being warm, birds stayed in the corn stubble much of the time, so they were not loafing in the cover we hunted.
Getting public access may be good for spreading hunters out around a county, but it also hammers new areas. The corners they opened last year had pretty poor cover this year, so the birds avoided many of the walk-in hunters, after the birds got hunted a few weekends. Or, the influx of hunters diminished the population in the first couple of weekends.