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October 1st, 2014

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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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Loons Post Record Year for Nesting Success, Bald Eagle Nesting Down

Vermont’s loon population had a record year for nesting success, producing 65 fledglings, or chicks that survived to leave the nest, on lakes and ponds throughout the state. Loons faced dramatic declines in the 20th century mostly due to shoreline development and human disturbance of loon habitat, but were removed from Vermont’s endangered species...

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Sweet, Hoar, Laperle Look for First Invitational Win

Nick Sweet (88VT), Patrick Laperle (91QC) and Brian Hoar (37VT) are all looking for their first Bond ACT Invitational win at New Hampshire Motor Speedway on Saturday, September 20. They are pictured here with 2010 Invitational winner Joey Polewarczyk, Jr. (97NH). Photo by Eric LaFleche.   The starting field for the 6th annual Bond Auto ACT Inv...

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Spiny Water Flea Not Expected to Have Major Impact on Lake Champlain Fishing

The spiny water flea is a tiny invasive crustacean that was recently found to have spread to Lake Champlain. Photo by Emily DeBolt.     A new aquatic invasive species, the spiny water flea, was recently identified in Lake Champlain, but biologists with the Vermont Fish & Wildlife Department do not believe the species will have a drama...

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Waterbury Center State Park to Remain Open Daily through September 21

  Vermont State Parks officials have announced that they will extend the operating period for Waterbury Center State Park this year to September 21. “Waterbury Center State Park is one of the most popular state parks in Vermont,” said Parks Regional Manager Susan Bulmer. “The park is a popular destination for local visitors, and also draws vis...

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Derrick O’Donnell Crowned 2014 “King of the Road”

Derrick O’Donnell, of North Haverhill, N.H., claimed his second straight Thunder Late Model “King of the Road” title at the conclusion of the 36th annual Coca-Cola Labor Day Classic 200 at Thunder Road on Monday, September 1. Second place point man Nick Sweet of Barre did all he could to snatch the title away from O’Donnell by claiming his second c...

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Vermont’s Big Game Reporting Stations for 2014

Hunters who take a bear, deer, turkey, or moose during the Vermont hunting seasons must bring the animal within 48 hours to the nearest game warden or to a Vermont Fish & Wildlife reporting station. Following is a list of wardens and reporting stations in Lamoille, Orange and Washington Counties for 2014. A full list of all wardens and reportin...

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Hunter Ed Courses Offered

It’s back to school season … for would-be hunters. With most hunting seasons just around the corner, the Vermont Fish & Wildlife Department is urging new hunters to sign up now for a hunter education course. Classes fill up quickly, but securing a spot is easy with Fish & Wildlife’s online Hunter Education Program registration system. All w...

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