For the better part of a week, Shandy Schroder had a moose hunt that many would have described as miserable. The weather was foul. And the moose didn’t cooperate.
“Come the end of the week, everyone starts wondering,” the Bangor woman said. “I never said, ‘I don’t think I’m going to get a moose.’ I kind of tried to stay positive and said, ‘I’m not going to see anything if I’m not out there hunting.’
On Tuesday it rained. On Wednesday her rifle scope broke. On Friday the remnants of a tropical storm rolled through.
And still, she left the comfortable Ludlow camp she and her husband, Matthew, own, and went hunting.
“Rain, shine, mud, tired, hungry, I went out there,” she said.
Friday, she said, was the worst day of the week.
“I couldn’t have been any wetter if I had fallen in the pond. I was soaked. But I was still out there, every day,” she said.
When Saturday, the final day of her six-day season, dawned brighter — and without rain — Schroder rose early … again … and headed back into the woods, hoping for the best.
Chick for the rest of the column by John Holyoke in the Bangor Daily News.
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