The traditions – Part 2 “Woodcock”

…As The dog came with a woodcock in his mouth I could not stop thinking what is about to happen next when we get back to the house…I was very happy that I got my first woodcock…but still I knew what was coming…

I took the bird out of the dog’s mouth and looked at it for a second and ask the old guy if he would help me find the small “Brush feather” which is considered a woodcock trophy here in Denmark. “Of course” he replied.

This “Brush feather” is very small and is used to put as garnish on the hunter’s hat or on woodcock trophy plaque for the wall.

Brush feather

We started walking towards the house and as closer we got I was being more and more nervous…

Finally, we reached the house and all of the other hunters were already there…when they saw the I was carrying a woodcock they all came to congratulate me…I was very proud and had for a moment forgot all about the tradition…

Some of the guys that were congratulate me asked “is this your first woodcock?”

“No I said… I have shot many” I replied with a smile…but they knew it was my first…I guess they could see it on my face…or the old hunter have already told them that it was my first woodcock…

We were not finished hunting…we had still 2 more areas to cover…And I was happy about my woodcock…

I did not shoot anything else for the rest of that day, but I did not care…I got my first “woodcock”

At the end of our hunt all the animals were placed on a “Parade” and my woodcock was on the top of the parade with several other woodcocks shot that day.

The leader of the hunt said thanks for today’s hunt to all of the hunters and said “We have a hunter that has got his first woodcock today” and everybody started laughing…they also knew what was coming…

I was hoping that he had forgot about me at his “Thanks for today” speech…but no…

He pointed at me and said “come here and get your bird”

I walked over to him at the parade and he asked me “Do you know which one of these woodcock is yours”

It’s this one I said and pointed at the bird I had previously placed on the parade.

The hunting leader picks the bird up and asked me “You know all about the tradition, right?”

“Yes” I replied

“Well than you know what you have to do” he said

“Yes I said…I have to kiss it in the bottom”

He turned the bird around and lifted it and said….”Well come on”

Everybody was ready with their phones out for picture taking and filming…

I said to myself what the heck it’s all just fun…I got close and kissed the woodcocks ass and everybody was laughing including my self…”Now it’s not that bad as you thought right” the hunting leader said…

“No, it was not”…I replied…But I remember thinking It is good it is only once in a lifetime I’m doing this…

Everyone came to congratulate me once again and said I was being a good sport about it all and the traditions are traditions and should be respected and practiced…

Well actually not all hunt consortiums practices’ the kissing in the butt when you shoot your first woodcock but sure is fun when someone else do it 😊  

Woodcock hunting

I have witnessed it several times since then and it has been a good laugh every single time…

I think most places in Denmark now it is practiced to kiss the bird on its chest but where is the fun in that…

woodcock hunting

We at the consortium where I’m member still practice this tradition the “old” way 😊 and everyone who got their first woodcock at our hunt is going to “Kiss the bird” the old fashion way 😊 And if the hunt leader is very joke full he will squeeze the bird while the hunter is kissing it…

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