Out of necessity, I make a couple trips to Kansas and one to the U.P...over a week, breakfast to dinner hunts with reasonably short drives between spots...each cover may each take a big hour or so to hunt....basically 5 dogs to permit to sniff. Actually, for some pheasant areas, that is too fast and one could profit by looping back again.
Out of need, essentially the same in two neighboring states at home the remainder of the hunting season.
Out of common sense and an understanding of harm, hunts in Ohio for wild birds has been zero for the last 5 years.
Since hunting out the back door is no longer an option and travel is the word, I see no reason to hunt less than all day....other than weather dropping in or obligations.
Limit wise, I self-limit on ruffed grouse and if woodcock are around then they work to train.
Most hunters will occassionally end at a half-day on pheasants, of course.
Used to be tho, for ruffed grouse, the perfect time was an hour or two before dark.
Still is in fact but on a trip, if health for all is fine, one simply hunts.
But, length of hunt and best time to hunt any gamebird is quite often different.
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