I had fun hunting and learned a lot. I am an adult onset hunter, and no matter how many books you read some things are only learned in the doing. Opening day was crowded, cold, and sleet/snow in the afternoon. Other days were warm. Crops were in one trip and out the next. I hunted Le Suer, Waseca, Rice, Dakota, Blue Earth, Meeker, MacLeod, Dodge and Olmstead counties. I kicked up around a dozen shootable roosters, I took shots at 8, and I dropped zero. Once I was adjusting my vest and a rooster jumped out. Another time I was in a dirty ditch with feet out of position and there went the rooster. Two birds on different hunts flushed very close to me and although I've seen many times, "you can't lead them too much," and "It's hard to shoot in front of a rooster," I think that is exactly what I did. I got to experience which covers the pheasant like and when. I learned lessons the hard way, that birds can flush when least expected, even when walking downwind. I learned that when the dog runs into the corn foodplot and then a rabbit runs out, stay ready, because a rooster might fly out 20 seconds later. I'm really looking forward to next season. I've joined a winter trap league that starts in a few days, and am going to continually work on my shooting. Hopefully next year I bag my first wild bird.