Hunting and Bird Dogs

"I had the privilege of shooting quail with Legh and Jenn Higgins over their beautiful Twombly setters at Olympia Bend Plantation on the shores of the Withlacoochee River in Lowndes County, GA a couple of weekends ago. A Southern boy all my life I usually hunt over Pointers and rarely get to watch the work of English Setters. The Higgins' dogs were trained to perfection, had superior noses, and were as biddable as any dogs I've ever hunted over. Fantastic dogs, people, and shooting grounds.”...  George Newbern, Mar 05, 2014

Twombly Setters featured in Field and Stream

Two of Corey Ford's English Setters, both bred, raised and trained by Earl Twombly in Vermont are featured in this great article for FIELD AND STREAM by Tom Keer in 2019. Cider and Tober and #4 and 5!

Hunters and their Twombly Setters

Denali

Denali

Denali with a woodcock during his first hunting season! Denali came to "Bird Dog Camp" summer 2021, and he and his dad, Matt, hunt together in Vermont.

Denali again, with a grouse!

Denali again, with a grouse!

Brierly and her first birds

Brierly and her first birds

This shows Brierly at about 15 months old. Brierly is "quite the hunter" and "hunts so hard out of the gate"; her dad hopes she slows a bit with age!

Brierly up North

Brierly up North

We got a few birds but hard to find woodcock this year. Today, Brierly got a pointed woodcock and a couple of grouse!

Dan and Indie in Maine

Dan and Indie in Maine

"I think Indie had a really good first year and got a lot of important contact with woodcock and grouse. On her first trip, the foliage was still very thick and, I think she was a little overwhelmed... By the third trip, her pointing form had really taken shape and she was winding grouse 20-30 yds out and starting to reposition as the ran ahead of her...I’m not sure if we’ll get a late-season grouse trip in but, our time this season was very productive and suggests a great future.

Jenn and Clover

Jenn and Clover

hunting grouse and woodcock in Michigan

Rick & Sage in Montana

Rick & Sage in Montana

"I had met Corey Ford and his English Setter, Tober, in the late 1960's so I knew the qualities that Legh's grandfather, Earl Twombly, had established. My Sage, born in June 2014, is representative of the line. She is an amazingly good companion, cautiously bold, hugely affectionate, learns very quickly and easily, and is breathtakingly beautiful on point. Anyone considering a companion gun dog should reach out to Legh and Jenn Higgins, owners of Twombly Setters in Lowell, Vermont."

Dean & Grace at 5 months

Dean & Grace at 5 months

"Grace's first real Grouse hunt. She didn't point this grouse but we flushed it and I broke its wing. The bird scrambled deep underneath a brush pile and Grace dove in and I couldn't even see her tail. She came out with this bird... still alive."

Danny's first grouse

Danny's first grouse

This is Danny and Olga's Grace of Coronation. This trophy bird is Danny's first Grouse. Grace pointed at 30 yards, Danny shot with his Parker Ph and Grace trailed and retrieved the Grouse. She "seemed to come into her own today", according to Dean Romig Grace’s dad.

Cam's First Woodcock!

Cam's First Woodcock!

This is Cam with Olga's Grace of Coronation. Cam is 12 years old and got this fine bird over Grace's point, hunting in Vermont with his Grandfather. Nice work! Oh, and Grace is 5 weeks pregnant here!

Shae hunting at 4 months

Shae hunting at 4 months

"Shae's connecting the dots. Had her first points and semi-retrieves on grouse today after many supports/honours for Beau. She's really hunting now, it's amazing to watch her and Beau work together. I am going to have to give her some alone time in the covers now so she can find more birds on her own."

Cider after hunting

Cider after hunting

"As you can see from the photos, Cider's developing into a handsome fellow...exactly what I was looking for. I’ve resigned myself to the fact that my nephew will be carrying the shotgun this season while I’ll be devoting all my time to Cider. I’m looking forward to it! I am more than pleased with Cider's performance so far. He's a close working dog (as advertised) and works the cover in front of me at a distance I prefer.

Grayson after a good day

Grayson after a good day

Grayson shared a productive day afield with his dad, Ted.

Bonnie in Vermont

Bonnie in Vermont

It’s hard to believe that it’s barely been three months since Bonnie came into our lives. Here she is out in the field, proud of her accomplishments of the day! She is part of the family and returns the love we give her ten-fold every day, she is in her forever home with her forever family.