Grouse is going here in Utah finally... yet its the first year in a very long time I didnt go out for it. Sadly I just dont have the time anymore and for some species of small game, that I could hunt locally or even out the back door of the house, housing developments has about eliminated it all.
It actually makes me quite depressed to think of how hard it will be for my boy to experience Pheasant or Dove hunting. Access was easy when I was 14 and bird populations were amazing. Now there is practicaly zero place to hunt Pheasants because city governments annexed all the land and have ordinances against hunting in city limits.
The old days of grab a gun and 5 min later you are hunting is now gone for me... and I grew up in what was once concidered the BOONIES. Now I am surrounded by trophy homes and spots where I killed a deer, a pheasant etc etc are all nice tidy lawns and hedges.
There are still spots where hunting is great and thriving... I just need to figure out how to make a living in such an area and move the heck out of my town