Congratulations! What great experiences to share. One "extra" of this forum is the friendships that can be made. Over the years, I've gotten to know so many folks from different parts of the US and Canada through this and other forums. Each year when Doris and I are at the NWTF Convention, we'll have folks come by our booth and introduce themselves. It's so nice to put faces with names. Some of those folks have been coming by for almost 10 years now and regularly e-mail or drop us a note.
I've also been able to visit with some folks in person as we travel about. That Kentucky season was strange this year. It was really great in some parts and not too good in other parts. One of my boyhood friends owns several hundred acres in central Kentucky and he told me the birds were not as active as ususal but in counties right around his, the birds were plentiful and very cooperative. Just one more part of what makes this a wonderful if perplexing bird to hunt.
Again, congratulations on both your birds and your new friendships.
"If he's out of range, it just means that he has another day and so do you."