Like a number of his fellow hunters, Hudson Reese is putting his money where his mouth is. He doesn't hunt as hard as he used to, preferring the company of friends and the pleasures of working Sugar, a pointer-setter mix, to shooting a limit of bobwhites. He won't shoot at a covey of fewer than eight birds. A group needs at least that many to survive on a winter's night, when the birds snuggle together, forming an outward-facing circle for warmth and protection. He leaves his own field borders uncut, plants lespedeza, clover, and rye on the fields he has taken out of rotation for a season, and has represented Virginia on the National Association of Conservation Districts Council for the past 25 years. His work has led to a close friendship with Steve Capel, a hunter and farm wildlife biologist for the state who is at the center of Virginia's ambitious new program to educate farmers about leaving some cover and planting quail-friendly crops.