Written by: Scott McEnaney, Orvis Eastern ELOG Director
The dogs were looking at me with eager eyes on Monday morning. They watched me head to the field a couple of times over the weekend…but I wasn’t bringing them along. It was opening of archery season here in Vermont, and it wasn’t anything feathered I was after.
So, caving to their looks I found their crates, loaded up the 20 gauge and we headed off to work. A busy morning made lunchtime come fast, and before I knew it I was piping the whistle, making them turn, and watching them go. Before long, Ghillie got birdy, and up went a woodcock. It was very thick where I was, so the first shot missed, but the second shot altered the bird’s flight.
I went over to check and found the dogs excited by the scent of the area, but no birds were brought to hand. Before I knew it, Diesel was off like a rocket. I looked away for a second, and by the time I started paying attention again, there he was with the bird. It had landed, then run off about 40 yards to where Diesel got the pick-up.
About 25 minutes later, I saw Ghillie again get very animated and knew it would not be long before a bird flew. A beautiful right-to-left flush above the tree tops and one shot later, the bird was on the ground. Ghillie got the pick-up on that one. By then, it was 12:55 and time to head back to the truck. I never even ate my lunch, and that’s okay…October in Vermont is too great to miss for leftover chicken soup.
Scott McEnaney is a native Vermonter and is Orvis’s Eastern Director for our Endorsed Lodges, Outfitters, and Guides (ELOG) program.