Vermont hunters had successful 2017 deer seasons

Vermont hunters had successful 2017 deer seasons

The Vermont Fish & Wildlife Department says preliminary numbers show 15,949 deer were taken during Vermont’s 2017 deer hunting seasons. Reports from big game check stations indicate hunters took 3,585 deer in archery season, 1,461 in youth season, 7,272 in rifle season, and 3,631 in muzzleloader season. “The legal buck harvest of 9,477 was 8… Read More »

Annual Audubon bird count is on across Vermont

Annual Audubon bird count is on across Vermont

This holiday season marks the 118th annual Audubon Christmas Bird Count, a tradition among Vermont’s birding community. The counts has begun and runs through Jan. 5 each year. Each event is led by an experienced birder, so novice birdwatchers are welcome to participate. Organizers and participants include birders and biologists from Audubon Vermont, the Vermont… Read More »

State wildlife officials offer winter bird-feeding tips

State wildlife officials offer winter bird-feeding tips

It’s that time of year for Vermonters to put up their bird feeders. With that in mind, Vermont Fish and Wildlife officials recommend some bird-feeding basics. John Buck, Vermont Fish and Wildlife’s migratory bird biologist, said in a statement that people should only feed birds during the winter months to avoid attracting bears. Bears are… Read More »

Bears make their winter beds, and eventually lie in them

Bears make their winter beds, and eventually lie in them

by Meghan McCarthy McPhaul The fields around our home are something of a bear buffet from mid-summer through fall: wild blueberries in July followed by blackberries, then apples come September, with beechnuts falling from the trees skirting the mown area. In 13 years here, we’ve seen a mother bear noshing on fallen apples while her… Read More »

2018 Vermont Fish & Wildlife Calendar packed with critter photos, information

2018 Vermont Fish & Wildlife Calendar packed with critter photos, information

The Vermont Fish & Wildlife Department and Vermont Life Magazine announce the release of the colorful 2018 Fish & Wildlife Calendar. Filled with photos of Vermont’s wildlife, including moose, the chestnut-sided warbler, Atlantic salmon, hooded merganser, and whitetail deer, the calendar includes photos by Vermont photographers including Roger Irwin, Jim Block, and Kurt Budliger. “This… Read More »

Coyotes prepare for winter

Coyotes prepare for winter

  by Susie Spikol Faber Eight years ago, my husband and I planted 128 fruit trees on a hillside, mostly apples, but the back few rows included stone fruits. Our apples began producing with gusto after only a few years. We made gallons of cider and sold bushels of heirloom apples. But the plums have… Read More »

Vermont rifle deer hunting season starts Saturday

Vermont’s traditionally popular 16-day rifle deer season begins Saturday and runs through Nov. 26. State Fish & Wildlife officials explain that 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… Read More »

Vermont’s Moose hunt preliminary total is 40

The Vermont Fish &Wildlife Department says a preliminary count at the end of October revealed that hunters harvested 40 moose in this year’s regulated hunting seasons. Hunters reported eight moose taken by 18 hunters in the Oct. 1-7 archery season and 32 moose by 70 hunters in the Oct. 21-26 regular season, said Cedric Alexander,… Read More »