Well, the long drive to/from ak is a love hate sort of deal. My timing must have been off...saw very few spruce hens near the border this year, but gobs of them last year. It varies y to y...Yes I have been hunting the plains since the 90s. I’ve only driven the last 4 years, flying with a stashed vehicle in Seattle. Since retirement I have stashed a trailer in MT and drive just a car. Most NR licenses I’ve had in a year is 4. You must take a different route than me to see that many ruffeds, the amount of spruce chickens by the border was amazing.