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Old Hemlock setter and shotguns from
earlier, more genteel times, and the
most jaded can hardly refuse at least a
nod of intrigue. It was this intrigue that
first took me to Vermont's Northeast
Kingdom.
The Northeast Kingdom comprises
the northeast corner of Vermont. The
name is attributed to former Vermont
governor and U. S. Sen. George D. Aiken,
who used the term in a 1949 speech.
Vermonters often refer to it
simply as The Kingdom.
It is bordered on
the east by

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the Connecticut River and on the west
by the Green Mountains. The Kingdom
covers 2,027 square miles; 80 percent of
it is forested.
Moose are the largest species found
in the area, and black bears are quite
common. Sign of these, in the form of
droppings, tracks, scarred trees or even
occasional sightings, is something the
visitor can expect. Deer and wild turkeys are present as well, as is a long list
of smaller game and non-game species.
While such animals as just outlined
provide the potential for additional
excitement, we were in the Northeast
Kingdom looking for woodcock.
Much of the woodcock habitat in
this country is not for aged men and

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lass is subjective. Its definition
is in large part determined
by the individual, and others
may not concur with those
characteristics assigned by that individual to designate class. But woodcock
hunting in New England likely tilts the
odds in favor of selecting this pursuit
as a classy endeavor. Add to the mix an


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