My second season begins today…

Chet Reneson George's Orchard
Chet Reneson George’s Orchard

November is deer season in Maine. Puck and I stay home most of the month and leave the woods to the people in orange with the anxious trigger fingers. But we’re not bitter about it. We know the best part of the bird season is on its way.

December is our favorite time to hunt grouse. As the trees tuck themselves in for the long nights and cold weeks ahead, the grouse concentrate on the shorter and shorter list of foods available to them. So when you find some food, you find plenty of birds.

Chet Reneson Winter Grouse
Chet Reneson Winter Grouse

Puck and I are even more alone in the woods this time of year, but we’re also more together. With the leaves down, I see more of her. I can be impressed with her leaps, wonder at what she pauses to smell, and see her turn to find me as a blow on my whistle. We have hundreds of acres all to ourselves. And the clanging of a bell, the whirl of a flush, and the rhythm of our steps to keep us company.

Check Reneson Winter Grouse
Chet Reneson Winter Grouse




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2 thoughts on “My second season begins today…

  1. Ah yes, those classic coverts with the crumbling stone walls
    and abandoned apple orchards. A lovely point and the bird
    flushing straight away. Have you actually ever found a place
    like that ???
    Anyway, we can always hope and dream.

  2. Ha – I hear you. There are lots of them in central Maine. The birds don’t seem to be that interested them, though. But they do look great in pics.


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