I am in Dubuque which has a few birds, but not a ton. I found that my biggest problem besides not having a dog is finding a place to hunt, so I kind of figured that I will put hunting on hold for a couple of years until I finish school and end up moving wherever I am called. I paruse the forums quite a bit but have been away for a while. I think I will have to break down and go hunting this winter on one of those ranches near here where you pay for them to release five birds for you and then you go into the field and don't see any of them, I kind of have the itch to get out.