Wildlife, woodland management workshop

Registration is open for a Vermont Coverts Cooperator Training Workshop scheduled for May 11-13 at the Common Ground Center in Starksboro. The name Coverts comes from an Old English word for “cover” or “thicket” used by wildlife for protection. Its full name, Vermont Coverts: Woodlands for Wildlife highlights its mission to maintain and enhance diverse… Read More »

Vermont Fish & Wildlife responds to baitfish violation

Vermont Fish & Wildlife responds to baitfish violation

Anglers should check their bait for non-native mosquitofish. A keen-eyed angler spotted something unusual in his bait bucket that led to the Vermont Fish & Wildlife Department recently citing a Vermont baitfish wholesaler, Hog Island Wholesale Bait and Tackle in Swanton, for illegally importing unapproved fish species into the state. Non-native “mosquitofish” are native to… Read More »

Anglers learn to tie flies for season in course

The Vermont Fish & Wildlife Department is offering an introductory course for fly fishing anglers interesting in learning how to tie their own flies. The course is offered by the department’s Let’s Go Fishing program in partnership with the Mad Dog Chapter of Trout Unlimited and the Green Mountain Fly Tiers. The introductory course will… Read More »

Guided May turkey hunt set for disabled hunters

The Vermont State Chapter of the National Wild Turkey Federation plans its first guided turkey hunt May 19-20 for people with disabilities and disabled veterans. “Getting outdoors to hunt, fish, or just enjoy nature, is freeing,” said federation spokeswoman Kaylee Campagna. “For some participants, this event will offer their first opportunity to reclaim an active lifestyle.”… Read More »

Waterfowl hunters must remove blinds

Waterfowl hunters who did not remove their hunting blinds from the waters of the state already must do so on or before Feb. 15 on Lake Champlain and on or before May 15 on inland waters, according to a reminder from the Vermont Fish & Wildlife Department. State law requires removal of the blinds before… Read More »

Wood-burning is a northern way of life

Wood-burning is a northern way of life

By Laurie D. Morrissey At about 9 a.m. on an overcast November Saturday, a group gathered at the edge of the Hopkinton-Webster Transfer Station (hereafter referred to as the dump, since that’s its real name and will never change). They sipped coffee, pulled on gloves, and adjusted ear protectors. Then they started to work. There… Read More »

Vermont hunters had successful 2017 deer seasons

Vermont hunters had successful 2017 deer seasons

The Vermont Fish & Wildlife Department says preliminary numbers show 15,949 deer were taken during Vermont’s 2017 deer hunting seasons. Reports from big game check stations indicate hunters took 3,585 deer in archery season, 1,461 in youth season, 7,272 in rifle season, and 3,631 in muzzleloader season. “The legal buck harvest of 9,477 was 8… Read More »