Well, that was the only dog that got roped into the photo op, and it she didn't really hunt that much, spent a couple of fields on a check cord [only 3 months old] after I had to chase her through a patch of grass .
The weekend after that trip I did try Colorado, not near as many birds but still a whole lot of fun...a bad day in the field still beats my best day in a classroom.
A perk of majoring in wildlife biology in college is the plethora of hunting knowledge that you collect throughout your course load. One of the most important factors in whether an area can hold large quantities of animals or produce large antlers is forage.
Most universities, state schools and even community colleges offer basic botany courses and plant ID courses. Although it might not be feasable for the average middle age hunter to pay tuition and go back to college to learn hunting...