About one month to go until Ruff Grouse and Woodcock season opens in the northern states, Quail in the southern regions and Pheasants on the plains.

Make sure both you and your canine partners are in physical condition to take on the rigors. It is very easy to overdo early and miss your entire season.

On behalf of so many more polite friends – TRAIN YOUR FRIGGING DOG! Basic manners at a minimum. Please. It should be able to at least come when it is called, walk at heal, stay or whoa, and do so without you yelling and hollering!

Regardless of what feathered creature you hunt, be safe and be a conservationist in the process. Mentor someone who shows an interest and share your bounty.