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October 31st, 2014

Local Sports & Outdoors

Another Promising Year for Winooski River Salmon

Winooski One station operator Jon Clark holds up a 32-inch, 14-pound male landlocked Atlantic salmon lifted during the 2014 fall salmon run. Photo by Nick Staats.   Vermont anglers have something new to smile about. Strong spawning runs of landlocked Atlantic salmon from Lake Champlain have been returning to the Winooski River in the fall. The...

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Lake Champlain Ranked Among Top Smallmouth Bass Fisheries in North America

Vermont youth angler Caleb Smith with a beautiful Lake Champlain smallmouth bass that was caught and released last year.   Lake Champlain has received yet another world-class fishing designation. Renowned fishing media outlet, World Fishing Network, ranks Lake Champlain one of the seven best smallmouth bass lakes in North America. The ranking,...

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Barre Elks Hold Successful “Soccer Shoot”

Barre Elks Lodge hosted their annual Soccer Shoot in Barre on October 5th. Over 20 children ages seven to thirteen participated in either the five goal or grid goal contest depending on age. In the five goal contest, a series of five goals, decreasing in size from 48 inches to 17 inches are used. The age groups that used these goals were divided in...

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Vermont Moose Check Stations Open Oct. 18-23

  The Vermont Fish & Wildlife Department reminds moose hunters with permits for the October 18-23 moose hunting season that if they take a moose, they must bring it to one of the five designated biological moose reporting stations within 48 hours. “We strongly suggest you report your moose as quickly as possible in order to protect against...

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Vermont Anglers, Hunters and Boaters Reminded About Cold Water Safety

With the onset of autumn and resulting cold air and water temperatures, the Vermont Fish & Wildlife Department is urging anglers, hunters and boaters to take caution and exercise safe practices while on the water this fall. “The fall season can be a very enjoyable time of year to be on the water,” said Sgt. Keith Gallant, warden with the Vermon...

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Thunder Road Milk Bowl Weekend Postponed

The 52nd running of the People’s United Bank Milk Bowl at Thunder Road in Barre was postponed this past weekend due to forecasted rain. The entire weekend schedule from Friday, October 3 through Sunday, October 5 was postponed and rescheduled for Friday, October 10 through Sunday, October 12. “The Milk Bowl is a two-day show and with the weather lo...

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2015 VT Fish & Wildlife Calendar Now Available

The Vermont Fish & Wildlife Department and Vermont Life Magazine are announcing the release of the colorful 2015 Fish & Wildlife calendar. This year’s edition of the calendar maintains the popular large format and includes inset images, matching the format of Vermont Life’s other popular calendars. The new Vermont Fish & Wildlife calend...

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Vermont Fishing Opportunities Heat Up as Waters Cool

Shawn Good, a fisheries biologist with Vermont Fish & Wildlife, poses with a beautiful late-fall Northern Pike caught on Lake Champlain. VTF&W Photo.   Despite dropping temperatures and shorter days, the fall season brings out some of the year’s hottest fishing action on lakes, ponds, rivers and streams throughout Vermont and the state...

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Be Alert to Avoid Moose on the Highway

  Drivers need to be alert and cautious because moose are on the move, according to the Vermont Fish & Wildlife Department. Moose are more likely to be crossing roadways at this time of year, especially after dark or early in the morning. The peak of their breeding season is late September and the first two weeks of October. “Motorists hit...

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Tree Stand Safety Tips for Hunters

Tree stands get hunters out of sight and smell of wary deer, but they can also get hunters into trouble. Here areas some tips from the Vermont Fish & Wildlife Department to help stay safe and get the most out of your tree stand hunting experience: - Choose a live, straight tree. - Buy smart. Only use stands certified by the Treestand Manufactur...

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