The annual Yankee Sportsman’s Classic show will be held January 15, 16 and 17 at the Champlain Valley Expo in Essex Junction, and the Vermont Fish & Wildlife Department is inviting you to visit their exhibits and attend their seminars at the show.
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 Fish & Wildlife Commissioner Louis Porter. “But when we go onto the ice, we need to use good judgment and observe several safety precautions.”
MONTPELIER – The Department of Forests, Parks and Recreation is now accepting public comments on the proposed state rule amendment to the Acceptable Management Practices (AMPs) for Maintaining Water Quality on Logging Jobs in Vermont.
The Vermont Fish & Wildlife Department reports that bear hunters in Vermont had a safe and successful hunting season in 2015. Preliminary numbers show that hunters took 669 black bears during the 83 days of the two-part ‘early bear season’ and ‘late bear season.’ There were also no hunting-related shooting incidents.
The Habitat Stamp was introduced in Vermont in 2015 and has received widespread support, raising more than $30,000 in direct donations in its initial months. Because the funds can be used to leverage federal dollars, the program may bring over $100,000 to habitat conservation in Vermont.
Christina Seward, 25, of Hinesburg, Vermont, is the lucky winner of the 2015 Vermont Lifetime Hunting and Fishing License Lottery. With her lifetime license, Seward will be entitled to hunt and fish for free for life. She was drawn as the winner from among 7,485 lottery tickets purchased in 2015.
A proposed Rule Governing the Importation of Untreated Firewood into the State of Vermont has been filed with the Secretary of State. The purpose of the rule is to protect forest health by slowing the long-distance movement of wood-borne invasive forest pests, such as Asian longhorned beetle and emerald ash borer, and preventing the spread of pests into Vermont. The enabling legislation requires the Department of Forests, Parks, and Recreation to adopt regulations on importing untreated firewood.
MONTPELIER – Applications are now being accepted for the 2016 Governor’s Awards for Environmental Excellence. The annual awards recognize resource conservation, environmental protection, pollution prevention, and sustainability efforts taken by Vermonters. Individuals, organizations, educational institutions, public agencies and businesses are all eligible for consideration. The application period for nominating a candidate will close on February 1, 2016.
MONTPELIER, Vt. – Author and entomologist Ross T. Bell left no stone unturned during his lifetime of research on the 495 species of ground beetles in Vermont and New Hampshire. Bell and his wife, Joyce Bell, are the world's leading experts on the carabid tribe Rhysodini, the Wrinkled Bark Beetles, and have described over three quarters of the world's 360 species.
The Vermont Fish & Wildlife Department is urging people to wait for colder weather and snow before putting up their bird feeders in order to avoid attracting bears.
The department is hearing from people who want to know if they should put out their bird feeders. Normally, December 1 is the recommended start date for feeding birds in Vermont, but this year’s lack of snow is keeping some bears from going into their winter dens.