Last chances for deer in final hunting seasons

Vermont hunters get two more chances for a deer this year during the muzzleloader deer season and the second part of the archery deer season, Dec. 1-9. A muzzleloader hunter may take one legal buck anywhere in the state.  An archery hunter may take a legal buck anywhere in the state, provided they didn’t take… Read More »

Vermont bald eagles nest, breed successfully in 2018

Vermont bald eagles nest, breed successfully in 2018

This was another successful year for Vermont’s bald eagles with 23 known nesting pairs producing at least 33 young, according to the Vermont Fish & Wildlife Department.  The bald eagle remains on the list of species protected under Vermont’s state endangered species law, but its continued recovery success may enable it to be delisted within… Read More »

Southern pine beetles march north

Southern pine beetles march north

By JOE RANKIN As if the emerald ash borer’s incursion into northern New England wasn’t enough, now there’s another potentially devastating forest pest marching this way: the southern pine beetle. Dendroctonus frontalis – the first name means “tree murderer,” we should note – is only a fraction of an inch long. But during outbreaks, they… Read More »

A critter for every month

A critter for every month

The 2019 Vermont Fish & Wildlife Calendar filled with photos by Vermont photographers of wildlife including moose, bald eagle, longnose gar, white-tailed deer, and more is now available. “Vermont’s working landscape and healthy fish and wildlife populations are a testament to the foresight of citizens who care about the state’s natural heritage,” said Susan Warner,… Read More »

Vermont’s 16-day rifle deer season starts this Saturday

Vermont’s 16-day rifle deer season begins this Saturday, Nov. 10, and ends Sunday, Nov. 25, and wildlife officials say they expect hunters’ chances to be good. “There are more deer in Vermont than there have been in recent years, with the greatest numbers of deer found in the southwestern and northwestern regions of the state,”… Read More »

Tiny saw-whet owls are on the move

Tiny saw-whet owls are on the move

By BRETT AMY THELEN Every autumn, when the air tastes of apples and leaves crunch underfoot, my thoughts turn to tiny owls – northern saw-whet owls (Aegolius acadicus), to be exact. Just eight inches in length with a round head and bright yellow eyes, the saw-whet is arguably New England’s most endearing owl. Deer mice,… Read More »

Ash borer reaches South Hero

STAFF REPORT The U.S. Department of Agriculture Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service has confirmed that insects collected from ash trees in South Hero are larvae of the emerald ash borer, Vermont state officials announced this month. The location is about 50 miles from the closest confirmed emerald ash borer infestation in Vermont. First discovered… Read More »