Free Ice Fishing Day Jan. 26

Free Ice Fishing Day Jan. 26

Saturday is Vermont’s sixth annual Free Ice Fishing Day when people are invited to try ice fishing on any waterbody statewide without buying a fishing license. It’s also when the Vermont Fish & Wildlife Department hosts a free Ice Fishing Festival at Knight Point State Park in North Hero from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.… Read More »

Officials credit banner deer harvest in Vermont to snow, warming climate

Officials credit banner deer harvest in Vermont to snow, warming climate

By COLIN MEYN VTDIGGER.ORG This year’s deer harvest in Vermont was the biggest in almost two decades, thanks to recent mild winters, lots of snow in November, and an abundance of muzzleloader permits. That’s the word from Vermont Fish and Wildlife officials. Vermont hunters killed 18,845 deer during the youth, archery, rifle and muzzleloader seasons… Read More »

Hawk-eyed

Hawk-eyed

A red-tailed hawk keeps watch for its next snack recently. Hawks watch from a high perch then swoop to capture small prey.

Counting fish on Lake Memphremagog

Counting fish on Lake Memphremagog

The Vermont Fish & Wildlife Department will survey anglers on both the American and Canadian sections of Lake Memphremagog through November 2020. The two-year survey funded by the Great Lakes Fishery Commission will include visual counts of anglers and interviews to learn about fishing effort, catch and harvest rates, and biological data such as the… Read More »

Vermont’s wild animals manage to survive winter’s harsh weather

Vermont’s wild animals manage to survive winter’s harsh weather

Vermonters typically take one of three different approaches to winter. Some (usually retired) Vermonters have the “snowbird” approach, spending the winter in a warmer southern climate. Others hibernate, staking out a warm spot next to the woodstove with a cup of cocoa, going outside only when absolutely necessary. But hardier Vermonters embrace winter, breaking out… Read More »

State grants available to fund watershed projects in 2019

The Vermont Watershed Grants Program is accepting applications for projects in 2019 that protect, restore and enhance the state’s lakes, streams, rivers and ponds, including Vermonters’ ability to understand and enjoy these treasures. Applications are due by Feb. 15. The program makes grants available to municipalities, local and regional government agencies, sporting clubs, nonprofit organizations,… Read More »

Hartford bobcat tests positive for rabies

VTDIGGER.ORG A bobcat that attacked two women in Hartford on Wednesday before it was shot dead by a game warden later tested positive for rabies. The 25-pound adult female bobcat caused serious, non-life-threatening injuries to the two victims, according to Col. Jason Batchelder, director of enforcement for the Vermont Fish and Wildlife Department. Officers did… Read More »

Register for UVM Master Gardener course until Jan. 16

The University of Vermont Extension Master Gardener Program is accepting registrations until Jan. 16 for its 16-week home horticulture course. The online non-credit course will run from Jan. 18 through May 10 with live question-and-answer sessions on Thursdays from 6-7 p.m. All sessions will be recorded. Prior gardening knowledge is not mandatory. Participants need basic… Read More »