2017 Waterfowl Season Public Hearings
Public hearings on the status of waterfowl populations and proposed waterfowl hunting seasons for the State of Vermont and Lake Champlain zone in New York will be held Tuesday, March 14, in Whitehall, New York, Wednesday, March 15 in Essex, Vermont and Thursday, March 16 in Newport, Vermont.
The annual hearings are being held by the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation, and Vermont Fish & Wildlife Department and Board.
The March 14 meeting will be held at the Skenesborough Rescue Squad building, 37 Skenesborough Drive, Whitehall, New York 12887. The March 15 meeting will be held at Memorial Hall, 5 Towers Road, Essex, Vermont 05452. The March 16 meeting will be held at the Emory Hebord State Office Building, CCV Conference Room, 100 Main Street, Newport, VT 05855.
The hearings will run from 6:30 to 9 p.m.
Waterfowl hunters are encouraged to attend one of the hearings and share their preferences and opinions about the proposed seasons.
Under Federal regulations, waterfowl seasons, bag limits, and shooting hours in the Lake Champlain Zone must be uniform throughout the entire zone. Waterfowl seasons in New York’s portion of the Lake Champlain Zone must be identical to the waterfowl season in Vermont’s portion of the Zone.
Comments received, as well as input and recommendations from the Vermont Fish & Wildlife Department and the New York Department of Environmental Conservation, will be reviewed by the Vermont Fish & Wildlife Board.
The proposed 2017 migratory bird hunting seasons are on the Fish & Wildlife website (vtfishandwildlife.com).
Reasonable accommodations for persons with disabilities are available upon request at the Vermont meeting. Please include a description of the accommodation you will need. Individuals making such requests must include their contact information. Requests should be made as early as possible, for example an interpreter must be requested at least two weeks in advance, if possible. Please send an e-mail to:
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.
Johnson State Hosts Bouldering Competition Feb. 28
The Johnson State College Outing Club will hold its annual bouldering competition Feb. 28 on campus.
The cost for members of the public to compete is $5 per person. The event, 6:30-9:30 p.m., will be at the climbing wall in the SHAPE Fitness & Athletics Center.
Prizes will be given for beginner, intermediate and advanced men's and women's categories. All ages and abilities are welcome. Climbing shoes will be available.
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.
Jeff Capen Named Head Women’s Lacrosse Coach
Johnson State College Director of Athletics and Recreation Jamey Ventura announced on Thursday (12/22/16) the hiring of Jeff Capen ('14, '16) as head women's lacrosse coach.
"We are excited to add Jeff to our athletics staff," says Ventura. "We believe he has the ability to build a strong and competitive culture for our women's lacrosse program."
Capen brings 20 years of leadership and coaching experience to Johnson, having coached soccer at multiple levels. For the last two years, he has served as a teaching assistant in the humanities department at JSC.
"I love JSC and supporting the varied interests of all the students, not just athletes," says Capen. "My personal mission is to help people move mentally and emotionally from where they are to where they want to be, or need to be and don't know it. I want to put in place the elements of a successful program that extend beyond X's and O's, which will advance the program to championship caliber."
Capen is a Johnson State alumnus, having earned a bachelor's degree in professional studies in 2014 and a master's degree in higher education administration in 2016.
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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Shane Bufano Named Head Men’s Soccer Coach
Johnson State College Director of Athletics and Recreation Jamey Ventura announced on Wednesday (12/21/16) the hiring of Shane Bufano as head men's soccer coach.
"We selected Shane from a competitive group of applicants and are fortunate to have a person with his experience and passion leading our men's soccer program," says Ventura. "He's an excellent addition to our coaching staff and we are excited to see him bring the program to the next level."
Bufano served as an assistant women's coach at Division II Saint Michael's College in Colchester the past two seasons. Prior to his time at Saint Michael's, Bufano coached in the South Burlington High School boys' soccer program from 2011 to 2014, helping the Rebels appear in three Division 1 State Championship Games, capturing two state titles in 2011 and 2014. Bufano is also the founder and director of coaching for Queen City FC of Burlington. The club holds a current membership of over 300 youth players on over 20 boys' and girls' teams between U-8 and U-19. Recently, Bufano earned two of the Vermont Soccer Association's highest honors as he was named VSA Administrator of the Year in 2016 and the VSA Girls Coach of the Year in 2013.
"I am extremely honored to be the next head men's soccer coach at Johnson State College," says Bufano. "I am excited for the opportunity to return the Badgers to a regional contender and for the chance to work with the returning student-athletes and strong alumni network. I am looking forward to bringing my many years of experience recruiting as well as my knowledge of youth soccer in the area and at the collegiate level."
Bufano earned a bachelor's degree in elementary education in 2009 from Green Mountain College, where he was a two-time Association of D3 Independents (AD3I) All-Conference selection as a forward for the Eagles and led the team in points and goals in 2005 and 2006.
Prior to Green Mountain, Bufano played at Champlain Valley Union High School in Hinesburg, Vt., winning two state titles (2002, 2003). He also played several years with Nordic Soccer Club, and was a member of Vermont ODP for three seasons.
Bufano holds several coaching certifications, including the NSCAA Director of Coaching Diploma, NSCAA Level I Goalkeeper License, NSCAA Futsal Level I Diploma, and USSF National "D" Coaching License.
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