Well, I guess Monticello wasn't far enough from the city to get me into hunting country, but Northfield has done the trick. I had the privilege of being a tag along for two pheasant hunting expeditions this fall. I had a lot of fun and both trips were successful in getting birds. It is cool to watch the dog bounding around the field and then freezing stiff to point at pheasants. My wife thinks it is funny to her her metro husbands say things like 'blaze orange', 'kick up a rooster', and 'pheasants forever.' Maybe next year I will buy a permit and try and shoot a couple myself!
(the picture is my neighbor Brian and his dog Dixie after our first hunting trip)