Conservation Camp Applications Are Available
If you are 12 to 14 years old and want to learn about Vermont's wildlife and gain outdoor skills, consider attending one of the Vermont Fish & Wildlife Department's Green Mountain Conservation Camps next summer.
The one-week camp program is held at two locations -- Lake Bomoseen in Castleton and Buck Lake in Woodbury. Campers participate in hands-on learning experiences about fish and wildlife conservation, ecology, forestry, orienteering, safe firearm and archery techniques, swimming, canoeing, fishing and more in an attractive outdoor setting. Natural resource professionals come to the camp during the week to share information on their programs and take campers out for field activities.
“Whether kids come alone or with friends, they are guaranteed to meet new people and form new bonds while experiencing Vermont’s natural resources to the fullest,” said Fish & Wildlife Education Coordinator Alison Thomas. “An important take-away message and common theme during the week is that conserving and managing habitat will help ensure Vermont will have fish and wildlife in the future.”
Conservation Camps open June 18 and continue until August 18. Tuition is $250 for the week, including food, lodging and equipment. Please check the Fish & Wildlife website (www.vtfishandwildlife.com) for information, including scholarship availability. A printable application also is available on the website.
Vermont Trout Unlimited Announces Seventh Annual Fly Fishing Summer Camp for Teens
Vermont Trout Unlimited announces year seven of their fly fishing camp for Vermont teens ages 13 to 16. Teens interested in either learning the art of fly-fishing or improving their basic skill level along side some of Vermont’s most accomplished fly anglers are invited to apply. The 2016 camp is scheduled for Sunday June 25th through Thursday June 29th at Jackson’s Lodge in Canaan, Vermont.
Vermont Fish and Wildlife Department Commissioner Louis Porter supports TU’s educational efforts. “TU’s Fly Fishing Camp for Teens is an incredible program dedicated to educating our next generation of fly fishermen and women to help ensure that our precious cold water fisheries here in Vermont will be taken care of well into the future.”
Participants in the 5 day/4 night comprehensive program will learn and practice casting, basic fly tying, knot craft, insect identification and imitation (entomology), fish identification and behavior (ichthyology) safe wading techniques, angling ethics and coldwater conservation. Campers will hone their skills on local lakes, ponds and streams, including the Connecticut River.
Prospective campers are encouraged to apply no later than April 15, 2017 to secure a spot for this year’s program. The cost for the 5-day camp is $450. Scholarships may be available on an “as-needed” basis.
Vermont’s spring snow goose hunt will be held from March 11 through April 28.
Since 2009, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service has annually issued a “Conservation Order” to allow the reduction of the population of migrating greater and lesser snow geese as well as Ross’ geese. The numbers of these geese have grown so high that they are destroying habitat for themselves and other species.
Eight states in the Atlantic Flyway (Delaware, Maryland, New Jersey, New York, North Carolina, Pennsylvania, Virginia, and Vermont) will hold a similar Spring Snow Goose Conservation Order in 2017.
The Vermont 2017 Spring Snow Goose Conservation Order will occur statewide. The daily bag limit is 15 snow geese, and there is no possession limit. Waterfowl hunting regulations in effect last fall will apply during the 2017 Spring Snow Goose Conservation Order with the exception that unplugged shotguns and electronic calls may be used, and shooting hours will be extended until one half hour after sunset.
A 2017 Spring Snow Goose Harvest Permit is required and is available at no charge on the Vermont Fish & Wildlife Department’s website (www.vtfishandwildlife.com) under “Hunt-Waterfowl-Spring Snow Goose Hunt.” Hunters may also call the Essex Junction Office (802-878-1564) to request a permit.
Hunters will also need a 2017 Vermont hunting license (residents $26, nonresident small game $50), a 2017 Harvest Information Program (HIP) number, a 2016 federal migratory hunting stamp ($25), and a 2017 Vermont migratory waterfowl stamp ($7.50).
Hunters can register with the Harvest Information Program by going to the Vermont Fish & Wildlife Department website or by calling toll free 1-877-306-709.
Hunters who obtain a permit will be required to complete an online survey after April 28 and prior to May 16, 2017, whether they hunted or not. Hunters without access to the internet may obtain a copy of the survey by calling 802-878-1564.
“The breeding population of greater snow geese has grown from approximately 50,000 birds in the mid-1960s to 915,000 birds today,” said David Sausville, Vermont’s waterfowl project biologist. “This increase has resulted in damage to agricultural crops and marsh vegetation in staging and wintering areas from Quebec to North Carolina. The Atlantic Flyway has established a goal of 500,000 greater snow geese to bring populations in balance with their habitat and reduce crop depredation.”
During spring migration, snow geese typically move through the Champlain Valley in late March and early April. They usually pass through Vermont fairly quickly in route to their spring staging areas along the St. Lawrence River Valley. They remain there for about a month before moving on to their nesting areas in the Eastern Canadian Arctic.
Since 1986, waterfowl hunters have raised $4.42 million for conservation projects in Vermont through their purchases of Vermont duck stamps, prints and resulting interest earned on the funds. To date, 89 wetland projects totaling 11,534 acres have been conserved, acquired, or enhanced for wildlife and the citizens of Vermont.
Thunder Road announces 2017 Schedule
29-Apr Sat Downtown Barre Care Show
30-Apr Sun 55th Merchants Bank 150 - ACT TOUR EVENT
21-May Sun Harvest Equipment
28-May Sun Mekkelsen Memorial Day Classic
15-Jun Thurs Cassella Waste Management
22-Jun Thurs North Country Federal Credit Union
29-Jun Thurs Community College of VT
3-Jul Mon Aubuchon Hardware Holiday Fireworks
6-Jul Thurs Regular Event
13-Jul Thurs VP Governor's Cup
20-Jul Thurs FairPoint Communications
27-Jul Thurs Times Argus Mid- Season Championships
3-Aug Thurs WDEV Radio / Calkins Portable Toilets
6-Aug Sun M & M Bev. Enduro/Perry & Sons SS Special
10-Aug Thurs Cody Chevrolet
17-Aug Thurs US Army Recruiting
24-Aug Thurs Jet Service/ Accura Printing
3-Sep Sun 39th Coca Cola Labor Day Classic - ACT TOUR EVENT
30-Sep Sat Booth Brothers/HP Hood Qualifying Day
Oct Sun 55th VT Milk Bowl presented by NSB
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