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 »

Quaking aspen capitalize on winter’s light and energy

Quaking aspen capitalize on winter’s light and energy

By Meghan McCarthy McPhaul Near the house where I lived during my Colorado years, there was a trail that wove through a sprawling grove of perfect quaking aspen trees. In spring, the soft green of emerging leaves was one of the first signs of warming weather. Come fall, their gilded leaves, fluttering in the breeze,… Read More »

State wildlife officials offer winter bird-feeding tips

State wildlife officials offer winter bird-feeding tips

It’s that time of year for Vermonters to put up their bird feeders. With that in mind, Vermont Fish and Wildlife officials recommend some bird-feeding basics. John Buck, Vermont Fish and Wildlife’s migratory bird biologist, said in a statement that people should only feed birds during the winter months to avoid attracting bears. Bears are… Read More »

Annual Audubon bird count is on across Vermont

Annual Audubon bird count is on across Vermont

This holiday season marks the 118th annual Audubon Christmas Bird Count, a tradition among Vermont’s birding community. The counts has begun and runs through Jan. 5 each year. Each event is led by an experienced birder, so novice birdwatchers are welcome to participate. Organizers and participants include birders and biologists from Audubon Vermont, the Vermont… Read More »