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Ice Fishing Clinics are Scheduled

Learning how to participate in an outdoor activity can be challenging, and ice fishing is a good example. Knowing this, the Vermont Fish & Wildlife Department has scheduled a series of ice fishing clinics for first-timers and those who would like to learn more about hard water fishing.

“Our ice fishing clinics will be held from mid-January to mid-February with the possibility that some dates may change according to ice and weather conditions,” said Fish & Wildlife Education Specialist Corey Hart. “Everyone is welcome no matter their experience level. We want this to be fun and helpful for all.”

The Basic Ice fishing courses will teach beginners all the skills they need to know to be successful and safe while ice fishing. The Introductory courses will review the basics while focusing on teaching anglers the skills they need to target a specific species.

Each clinic will last 2 ½ to 3 hours, and exact location details will be given when people register for the event. Topics to be covered include ice safety, hole drilling, equipment and techniques, regulations and different techniques for different fish.

All participants will have the opportunity to practice what they have learned near the end of each event. Everyone is urged to wear clothing suitable for the weather conditions.

Pre-registration is required by contacting Corey Hart at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or 802-265-2279.

Vermont Fish &Wildlife’s Ice Fishing Clinics for 2018

Tuesday, January 16 -- 10:00 a.m. Introduction to Walleye Fishing at Lake Carmi

Thursday, February 1 -- 10:00 a.m. Basic Ice Fishing Clinic at Shelburne pond

Saturday February 3 -- 10:00 a.m. Introduction to Walleye Fishing at Chittenden Reservoir

Thursday, February 8 -- 2:00 p.m. Basic Ice Fishing Clinic at Lake Bomoseen


Changes to Permanent Hunting, Fishing, Trapping Licenses Coming in 2018

The Vermont Fish & Wildlife Department is reminding hunters, anglers and trappers of changes to permanent licenses that go into effect starting January 1, 2018.

A permanent license is currently available free to Vermont residents 70 or older. Beginning January 1, a resident 66 or older may purchase a permanent license for a one-time fee of $60.

All licenses may be purchased at a license agent or district office or online at www.vtfishandwildlife.com. People who already have a permanent license do not need to purchase another, but need to renew theirs in 2018.

A permanent license allows a qualified recipient to hunt, fish or trap without purchasing additional licenses for the rest of their lifetime. Vermont’s permanent license can include all regular season tags, including archery deer, muzzleloader deer and turkey tags. Additional tags for second archery, moose and antlerless lotteries and waterfowl stamps must be purchased separately. A permanent license must be renewed every year, which is free online or at any district office.

Anyone with questions should check Fish & Wildlife’s website (www.vtfishandwildlife.com) or call the licensing office at 802-828-1190.

Thunder Road Announces 19-Event Schedule for 2018 Season

Thunder Road officials have announced the release of the 2018 schedule of events at the “Nation’s Site of Excitement”. Nineteen racing events are planned for the Barre high banks spanning late April until late September.

The 58th season of racing will open with the 20th annual Community Bank 150 on Sunday, April 29. The American-Canadian Tour (ACT) will make the first of two visits to Thunder Road in 2018. The Lenny’s Shoe & Apparel Flying Tigers, Allen Lumber Street Stocks, and Burnett Scrap Metals Road Warriors will kick off their seasons as well. The Thunder Road Late Model “King of the Road” chase will begin at the 56th Mekkelsen RV Memorial Day Classic on Sunday, May 27, which will again feature a visit from the Pro All Stars Series (PASS) Super Late Models.

Weekly competition gets underway with a special Friday night event on June 8. Thursday night events will begin on June 14 and run through August 23. Highlights of the Thunder Road summer of racing include the Aubuchon Hardware Holiday Spectacular on Tuesday, July 3; the Times Argus Mid-Season Championships on Thursday, July 19; the VP Racing Fuels Vermont Governor’s Cup on Thursday, July 26; and the 34th M&M Beverage Enduro 200 & Street Stock Special on Sunday, August 5. The Myers Container Services Triple Crown Series for the Flying Tigers will return in 2018 with dates to be announced.

The 2017 “King of the Road” will be crowned at the Thursday finale on August 23 as part of Jet Service Envelope/Accura Printing Night. The Flying Tigers and Street Stocks will crown their 2018 champions at the 40th Coca-Cola Labor Day Classic 200 on Sunday, September 2, which features the second visit of the year for the ACT Late Model Tour.

The season will conclude with the 56th Vermont Milk Bowl Weekend, which has been expanded to three days of competition in 2018. A special “Milk Bowl Friday” event will be held Friday, September 28. Details of the event will be announced shortly. Booth Bros./H.P. Hood Milk Bowl Qualifying Day is scheduled for Saturday, September 29 with the 56th Vermont Milk Bowl presented by Northfield Savings Bank on Sunday, September 30.

Season passes for the 2018 Thunder Road season are now available and can be ordered by contacting the Thunder Road offices at (802) 244-6963 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. For more information on the 2018 season, contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or visit www.thunderroadvt.com.

2018 Thunder Road Schedule of Events


-- Sat Apr 28 Downtown Barre Car Show & Practice Session

1 Sun Apr 29 20th Community Bank 150 – ACT Tour

2 Sun May 27 56th Mekkelsen RV Memorial Day Classic 100/PASS 150

3 Fri Jun 8 Regular Event

4 Thu Jun 14 Casella Waste Management Night – New England Antique Racers

5 Thu Jun 21 North Country Federal Credit Union – Scout Night

6 Thu Jun 28 Community College of Vermont Night

7 Tue Jul 03 Aubuchon Hardware Holiday Spectacular/Fireworks

8 Thu Jul 05 Premium Mortgage Night

9 Thu Jul 12 Fairpoint Communications Night

10 Thu Jul 19 39th VP Racing Fuels Vermont Governor’s Cup 150

11 Thu Jul 26 Times Argus Mid-Season Championships – Driver Autographs

12 Thu Aug 02 WDEV Radio/Calkins Portable Toilets

13 Sun Aug 05 34th M&M Beverage Enduro 200 – Street Stock Special

14 Thu Aug 09 Cody Chevrolet-Cadillac Night

15 Thu Aug 16 U.S. Army Recruiting Night

16 Thu Aug 23 Jet Service Envelope/Accura Printing – Run What-U-Brung

17 Sun Sep 02 40th Coca Cola Labor Day Classic 200 – ACT Tour

18 Fri Sep 28 Milk Bowl Friday Special Event – Details TBA

19 Sat Sep 29 Booth Bros./H.P. Hood Milk Bowl Qualifying Day

Sun Sep 30 56th Milk Bowl presented by Northfield Savings Bank

Schedule subject to change


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