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October 23rd, 2014

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Hunt Safely in Turkey Season

  In Vermont, May 1st is almost as important as the opening of the firearms deer season, and while spring turkey hunting-related shootings are rare (last year’s season was incident-free) precautions are needed. Camouflage or drab colored clothing is almost mandatory to outwit a keen sighted gobbler. Unfortunately, camouflage has the same affec...

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Delayed Spring Weather Changes Options for Vermont Anglers

  The late return of spring weather and persistent ice may alter the plans of some anglers this year. While the winter weather extends opportunities for ice fishing on some water bodies, it can also delay anglers’ access to open water for the start of trout season. Trout fishing season opens on April 12 this year, but on most waters in Vermont...

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Bobolink Project Seeks Contributions to Protect Nesting Habitats on Farms

  Songbird populations have been declining in recent years due to threats to their nesting habitat. To help reverse that trend, the Bobolink Project uses community contributions to compensate farmers for adopting haying practices that protect nesting habitats of grassland birds. One species of special concern is the bobolink, which in the past...

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Vermont’s Wildlife Responds to Delayed Spring

  Vermont’s human residents are not the only ones coping with the continued wintery conditions this year. The state’s wildlife are also searching for ways to deal with the deep snow and ice that may remain late into spring. Bears begin to emerge from their dens as the snow starts to melt and food typically becomes exposed and accessible. Despi...

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Vermont Hunters Took More than 14,000 Deer in 2013

  Hunters took 14,107 deer during Vermont’s four deer hunting seasons in 2013, according to a report on last year’s hunting success just released by the Vermont Fish & Wildlife Department.   The number of legal bucks with at least two points on one antler totaled 8,831, up 8 percent from the year before.   “We estimated there wou...

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Reminder from F&W: Ice Shanties Must Be Removed

  Vermont state law requires that ice fishing shanties must be removed from the ice before the ice becomes unsafe or ice loses its ability to support the shanty out of the water, or before the last Sunday in March (the 30th this year), whichever comes first.   The same Vermont law requires the name and address of the owner to be on the ic...

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Willem Lange to Speak at Central Vermont Trout Unlimited’s 43rd Annual Banquet & Fundraiser

  Willem Lange, fisherman and accomplished outdoorsman, will be the guest speaker at the Central Vermont Trout Unlimited (CVTU)’s 43rd annual fundraising banquet. All are invited to listen to Willem as he entertains with a charming New England storytelling style that is all his own.   The festivities take place on Saturday, March 29th at...

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Norwich Presents Retired Marine Corps General in Spring Todd Lecture Series

  Norwich University presents “The Science Behind the Art of Decision Making,” a presentation by Lieutenant General Paul K. Van Riper, United States Marine Corps (Retired), on Tuesday, March 25, at 7pm in Plumley Armory as part of the 2014 Spring Todd Lecture Series.   Van Riper retired from the U.S. Marine Corps in October 1997 after mor...

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Governor Appoints New Members to Fish & Wildlife Board

  Governor Peter Shumlin has appointed two new members to the Vermont Fish and Wildlife Board.   Cheryl E. Frank Sullivan, of Underhill, has been appointed to represent Chittenden County, replacing Edward Gallo, whose term has expired. Cheryl is passionate about archery and muzzleloader hunting for deer and icefishing for northern pike. S...

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Cleaning Bird Feeders Can Prevent Spread of Disease

  Feeding birds in the winter is a lot of fun, but it can also cause diseases to spread quickly among wild birds, which is why the Vermont Fish & Wildlife Department says it is important to clean your birdfeeders regularly.   Bacteria and fungi can cause diseases such as aspergillosis, salmonella and conjunctivitis. Species commonly a...

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