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December 19th, 2014

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Ice Fishing Safety Tips from F&W

The Vermont Fish & Wildlife Department has some ice safety tips for those of you who will be going ice fishing this winter. “Once we have sustained cold weather to form good ice, ice fishing can be safe and a lot of fun,” said Major Dennis Reinhardt, “but when we go onto the ice, we need to use good judgment and observe several safety precauti...

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Central Vermont Girls’ High School Hockey Preview

By Jim Severance The girls high school hockey season got underway last week with all area schools in action. The Northfield Marauders got off to a blazing start outscoring opponents 11-0 while posting two victories. Forward Claudia Gee had an opening week to remember scoring six goals, including two shorthanded goals against Metro Division rival Mi...

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Central Vermont Hockey Preview

By Jim Severance The NHL season starts in October and by November college and youth teams are playing but the high school hockey season doesn’t get going until the first week of December. The next three months will go by quickly as teams battle for a trip to UVM’s Gutterson Field House for the state championships in March. Last season the Stowe Rai...

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PASS Coming to Thunder Road in 2015

Thunder Road International Speedbowl officials announced that the Pro All Star Series (PASS), based in Naples, Maine, will make their first ever appearance at Thunder Road in Barre, VT during the 53rd Mekkelsen RV Memorial Day Classic on Sunday, May 24, 2015. The Super Late Models of PASS will join Thunder Road’s ACT Late Models in the Memorial Day...

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Vermont’s Rifle Deer Season Starts Saturday, Nov. 15

Hunters are gearing up for the start of Vermont’s statewide traditionally popular 16-day rifle deer season that begins November 15 and ends Sunday, November 30. A hunter may take one buck during this season with at least one antler having two or more points one inch or longer. A point must be one inch or longer from base to tip. The main beam count...

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Youth Deer Weekend

Nathan Poulin of Williamstown shot this 122 lb. doe during Youth Deer Weekend. He is pictured at the R & L Archery checking station. The biologists at the checking station determined the deer was about three and half years old. Nathan has good hunting skills, as this is his fourth deer since he has started hunting....

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Vermont Moose Hunters Had a Successful Season

Kevin Rice, of South Pomfret, with his archery record 919 lb. bull moose he took on opening morning of Vermont’s archery moose hunt. VTF&W photo by Steve Schaefer.   Vermont moose hunters had a successful hunting season according to the Vermont Fish & Wildlife Department. A record bull was taken in the October 1-7 archery moose hunt, a...

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Young Hunters Encouraged to Participate (and Report) in Youth Deer Hunt November 8 and 9

With youth deer weekend just around the corner, young hunters are encouraged to take to the field to hone their skills and to also help Fish & Wildlife biologists by reporting their deer at one of 23 biological check stations around the state. Youth deer hunting weekend helps ensure that young hunters get the quality training they need for life...

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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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