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Vermont’s rifle deer season starts tomorrow

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NEWPORT — Hunters are gearing up for the start of Vermont’s traditionally popular 16-day rifle deer season that starts tomorrow, November 10 and ends Sunday, November 25. 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…

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US Cross Country National Championships coming to Craftsbury

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CRAFTSBURY COMMON — The Craftsbury Outdoor Center will host the 2019 US Cross Country National Championships. The event will take place from January 3 through January 8. Presented by L.L. Bean, the championships will include a week of cross-country racing featuring the best athletes in the country, including Vermont Olympians and the future stars of…

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NorthWoods accepting nominations for 6th Annual Buzzell Award

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CHARLESTON — NorthWoods Stewardship Center is taking nominations for the sixth annual George Buzzell Forest Stewardship Award. In honor of the esteemed county forester for which it is named, this award recognizes an individual who is making a positive impact on Northeast Kingdom forests. An award ceremony will be held at the NorthWoods Stewardship Center…

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Hunting lottery announced for Bluffside Farm in Newport

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NEWPORT — The Vermont Land Trust will be holding a lottery for hunting on Bluffside Farm in Newport. This is the third year the land trust has held the hunting lottery. The farm was purchased by the land trust in late 2015, at which point it was opened to the public for recreation for the…

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NorthWoods announces new executive director

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EAST CHARLESTON — The NorthWoods Stewardship Center announced the appointment of Jonathan Gilbert as the organization’s new executive director. Originally from Quebec and now 20 years in Vermont, Gilbert says his passion is promoting a healthy society based on harmonious relationships between people and the land. “I am honored to merge my journey with the…

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Vermont bear hunting starts September 1

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NEWPORT — Vermont’s bear hunting season starts September 1, and officials say hunters can improve their chances if they scout ahead of time to find fall foods such as wild apples, beechnuts, acorns, and berries where bears will be feeding. “Fall foods for bears are more abundant than they were last year,” said Vermont’s bear…

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New hunting and angling workshop series kicking off in East Charleston

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EAST CHARLESTON — This week NorthWoods Stewardship Center (NWSC) and the Vermont Fish & Wildlife Conservation Group (VFWCG) announced a new workshop series kicking off this September called Modern Traditions in Hunting and Angling. The upcoming workshops give equal weight to “the old ways,” traditions in hunting and angling that include a deep connection with…

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NEK Swim Week, 8 lakes in 9 days

in Newport/Northeast Kingdom/Outdoors

NEWPORT — As we head deeper into the miracle of summer, NEK Swim Week is approaching. From August 11 to August 19, swim week will cover 8 lakes in 9 days throughout the Northeast Kingdom of Vermont and the Eastern Townships of Quebec The event schedule is as follows: Saturday, August 11 at Crystal, Sunday,…

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Harry Corrow Freedom Run coming to Newport July 4

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NEWPORT — Organizers are gearing up for another Harry Corrow Freedom Run taking place on the bike path and the Memphremagog Ski Touring Foundation Trails. The run will kick off July 4, starting at 8:30 a.m. Runners will start at North Country Hospital, where the gravel portion of the bike path begins. The run features…

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Bobcat caught on game camera in Brandon

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BRANDON — This bobcat was caught in a series of photos on a game camera set up under a bridge in Brandon. The cameras are put out as part of a collaborative partnership between Vermont Fish & Wildlife, The Nature Conservancy, and VTrans to better understand wildlife movement around road crossing structures. “This bobcat passing…

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Guided wildlife walk at Victory Basin Wildlife Management Area on May 16

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VICTORY — Vermont Fish & Wildlife Department and Northeast Kingdom Audubon are excited to partner on a birding and wildlife-viewing tour at Victory Basin Wildlife Management Area on May 16. Doug Morin, a wildlife biologist with Fish & Wildlife, and Tom Berriman, an experienced birder with Northeast Kingdom Audubon, will co-lead this wildlife-based exploration of…

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Amphibians begin migration, drivers asked to slow down

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NEWPORT — One of the great wildlife migrations is happening right now, and it’s taking place right at our feet. You may have already heard the spring peepers or wood frogs calling in your backyard. Or perhaps you’ve noticed salamanders crawling over rocks in a nearby stream. Amphibians are on the move, but their spring…

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Trout sea­son opens this Saturday

in Northeast Kingdom/Outdoors

NEWPORT — Ver­mon­t’s tra­di­tional trout fish­ing sea­son is set to open on Sat­ur­day, April 14, and de­spite re­cent cold weather and lin­ger­ing snow cover across the state, of­fi­cials from Ver­mont Fish and Wildlife say an­glers can be suc­cess­ful early in the sea­son by fol­low­ing a few ba­sic tips. “Just like any other time of year,…

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Sey­mour Lake gets $17,248 to help keep invasive species out

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MORGAN — A $17,248 grant has been awarded to the town of Mor­gan from Ver­mon­t’s De­part­ment of En­vi­ron­men­tal Pro­tec­tion. The grant, in part­ner­ship with the Sey­mour Lake As­so­ci­a­tion, will go to as­sist with the Aquatic In­va­sive Species Pre­ven­tion Pro­gram. According to the association, the pro­gram at Sey­mour Lake has been suc­cess­ful in pre­vent­ing the spread…

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State suggests Vermonters remove bird feeders April 1

in Outdoors/Vermont

NEWPORT — The Vermont Fish & Wildlife Department says warm spring weather and melting snows will cause bears to come out of their winter dens in search of food. The department recommends taking down bird feeders on April 1 to avoid attracting them. Bears are very fond of suet and birdseed, especially black oil sunflower…

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Newport set to welcome 75 winter swimmers this weekend

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NEWPORT — Winter swimmers from all over North America, Ireland, and Scotland will be descending on Newport next weekend for the Fourth Annual Memphremagog Winter Swim Festival, hosted by Kingdom Games. They will swim distances ranging from 25 meters to 200 meters in a two-lane 25-meter pool cut in the ice. Crews will begin cutting…

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Newport police offer ice safety tips

in Newport/News/Outdoors

NEWPORT— Chief Seth C. DiSanto and the Newport Police Department are reminding residents to be aware of the possibility that ice on frozen bodies of water may still be thin despite the persistent extreme cold. Although temperatures have often been in the teens and single digits this winter, it may still be unsafe to walk,…

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Kingdom Games return in February to Newport

in Newport/News/Northeast Kingdom/Outdoors

NEWPORT — The Kingdom Games, a series of competitive athletic events for all ages and skill levels, returns on February 10 to Newport. The event marks the fifth consecutive year of the Games, which take place on the ice and in the water of beautiful Lake Memphremagog. This year’s winter Kingdom Games include: Memphremagog Women’s…

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Vermont’s Free Ice Fishing Day is January 27

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NEWPORT — Vermont’s fifth annual Free Ice Fishing Day is set for Saturday, January 27, and will be celebrated by a fun-filled ice fishing festival in Castleton. Vermont’s Free Ice Fishing Day, which takes place each year on the last Saturday in January, enables both residents and non-residents to go ice fishing on any legal…

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