Hello, Quinn, I am fairly new to Vermont myself.
My uncles and brothers and I began hunting here in '52, then we were re-treaded and never came back to the Green Mountain State until the 60's, began hunting in earnest when my brother retired here in 1971-72 winter.
I was in Bethel the other day, picked up some parts for my Vermont Castings.
In reply to the querries, there are several retriever clubs, a hunting partner of mine can steer you to them better than I can, I will send him your way.
And the best hunting in your neck of the woods will be right through town and east, follow 14 and you'll see plenty of spots. If you'd like compnay or to join us at some of our spots, drop a line, I flaot the river with a friend when the weather is warm enough, I can't take being crouched in a canoe or baot on a cold day for very long. Not anymore.