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Learn More About Hunting at Free Seminars

The Vermont Fish & Wildlife Department will be holding a series of free seminars to teach people more about hunting.

The seminars will cover a variety of hunting techniques and species and will give participants the opportunity to try a new style of hunting or to learn more about a style of hunting they already enjoy. The seminars topics include Vermont Black Bears from A-Z; Small Game Hunting; White-tailed Deer Hunting and Processing; Youth Waterfowl Hunter Training; Law Updates for Firearm Range Operators; and Advanced Bowhunting.

Participants will learn how to field dress a deer, identify ducks, track a bear, or safely shoot a bow from a treestand. The seminars will be taught by current and former Vermont Fish & Wildlife Department staff, as well as hunter education volunteers. One highlight of the programs will be former Vermont Fish & Wildlife Commissioner Patrick Berry giving a demonstration on bird hunting with dogs.

"Both experienced and first-time hunters stand to benefit from these seminars,” said John Pellegrini, hunter education training coordinator with Vermont Fish & Wildlife. “We will provide useful information including practical hunting tips, ecology and behavior of these animals, and how to have a fun, safe experience in the woods.”

All seminars are free and include lunch. Sign up at Space is limited to the first 30 signups and they fill up quickly, so signup as early as possible. For more information, call John Pellegrini at 802-272-2909.

Vermont Black Bears from A-Z, Saturday, August 20, 9:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m., Mountain Deer Taxidermy, Northfield, VT. This seminar covers basic bear biology, successfully hunting bears, and processing bear meat. Signup deadline: Wednesday, August 17.

Youth Waterfowl Hunter Training, Saturday, August 20, 8:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m., Sportsman Club of Franklin County, St. Albans, VT. The seminar will instruct young waterfowlers aged 12 to 17 in waterfowl identification, hunting regulations, duck and goose calling, decoy sets, and safe shooting techniques. Signup deadline: Wednesday, August 17.

Small Game Hunting, Saturday, August 27, 2016, 8:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m., Randolph Fish & Game Club, Randolph, VT. The seminar will feature workshops on hunting rabbits with beagles, hunting ruffed grouse with dogs from former Fish & Wildlife Commissioner Patrick Berry, and squirrel hunting. The seminar will conclude with a shooting workshop hosted by Randolph Fish and Game. Signup deadline: Wednesday, August 24.

White-tailed Deer Hunting and Processing, Saturday, September 17, 2016, 8:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m., Mountain Deer Taxidermy, Northfield, VT. The seminar will feature Vermont Fish & Wildlife deer biologist Nick Fortin, as well as Whitetail Tracker Brad Lockwood. Rodney and Theresa Elmer will demonstrate how to field dress, process, and prepare a deer for taxidermy. Signup deadline: Wednesday, September 14.

Law Updates for Firearm Range Operators, Saturday, September 17, 2016, 9:00 a.m. – 1:30 p.m., Annex Building, Montpelier, VT. The seminar will go over changes to Act 250 and Act 145 that affect firearm range operation. Staff will cover changes to lead management in environmental stewardship plans and how to improve safety and noise mitigation at ranges, essential information for all range managers. Signup deadline: Wednesday, September 14.

Advanced Bowhunting, Saturday, September 24, 2016, 9:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m., Chelsea Fish & Game Club, Chelsea, VT. This seminar will demonstrate advanced techniques for bowhunting, including equipment, hunting tactics, and treestand safety. Signup deadline: Wednesday, September 21.

Reasonable accommodations for persons with disabilities are available upon request. Please include a description of the accommodation you will need. Individuals making such requests must include their contact information. Please send an e-mail to: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or call the office staff at 802-828-1000 (voice), 1-800-253-0191 (TTY).


 Felt-Soled Wader Ban is Repealed

Many anglers will be happy to learn that a five-year ban on the use of felt-soled waders in Vermont has been repealed, effective July 1, 2016.

Using felt-soled waders and boots was prohibited in 2011 out of concern about the spread of didymo, an algae also known as “rock snot,” which was appearing as nuisance blooms in trout rivers throughout North America, including some rivers here in Vermont. The porous felt on boot bottoms helps prevent slipping on rocks, but it was considered a potential means of transporting the algae spores from one body of water to another.

Didymo was once thought to be a recently introduced invasive algae species, but recent research has revealed that it is actually native to Vermont and other regions of North America. Scientists found that didymo spores are present in most Vermont rivers, and the spores can cause nuisance algae blooms under certain water conditions favoring growth of the algae.

Although felt-soled waders and boots can once again be used in state waters, the Vermont Fish & Wildlife Department is asking anglers and other water recreationists to thoroughly clean and dry all of their equipment after leaving any water body before going to another.

“Preventing the spread of aquatic invasive species to new waters is critical to protecting the health of Vermont’s aquatic ecosystems,” said State Fisheries Biologist Shawn Good. “Boats, kayaks, trailers, fishing equipment, scuba gear and other items can spread aquatic invasive species unless properly cleaned, dried or disinfected after use.”

“While some invasives are easy to see such as Eurasian milfoil stuck on a boat trailer,” he added, “others are too small to be noticed, such as spiny waterflea, larval zebra mussels, or viruses and bacteria that cause fish diseases.”


ACT & PASS Announce Revised 2016 Doubleheader Schedule

The American-Canadian Tour (ACT) and the Pro All Stars Series (PASS) announced today that the 2016 doubleheader schedule for the two series has been revised. Due to the continuing decline of the Canadian-U.S. exchange rate, the doubleheader event at Quebec’s Autodrome Montmagny originally scheduled for Saturday, July 23 has been cancelled.

“Historically, combination races have featured a U.S. funds purse for all competitors, and with the elevated exchange rate expected to go even higher, the costs for both fans and promoters would be unreasonable,” ACT President Tom Curley and PASS President Tom Mayberry said in a joint statement. “We certainly appreciate all the support and enthusiasm the teams and fans from Quebec have had for the combination events in the past, and we hope that we can get them back on the schedule in 2017.”

The two series will now host a doubleheader at N. Woodstock, NH’s White Mountain Motorsports Park (WMMP) on Saturday, August 20. As part of the new agreement, WMMP and Speedway 51 have switched dates on the ACT schedule; the ACT White Mountain 150 moves to August 20 while Speedway 51’s Generation Next 151 will now be held on June 18. WMMP will become the fifth different track to host an ACT/PASS doubleheader event.

“White Mountain is a favorite track to visit for both teams and fans,” Mayberry said. “It also sits right in the middle of the marketing areas for both ACT and PASS. I think it should be a great event for both series’ competitors and fans.”

ACT will open the 2016 season with the traditional New Hampshire Governor’s Cup at Lee USA Speedway in Lee, NH on Sunday, April 10. PASS will be joined by ACT to open their season the following Sunday, April 17 at Maine’s Oxford Plains Speedway for the first of four doubleheaders between the two organizations.

In addition to the newly scheduled doubleheader at WMMP, two other twin bills will take place during the 2016 season featuring the two largest touring series in the Northeast. PASS will return to Barre, VT’s Thunder Road for a 150-lap event during the 54th Annual Mekkelsen Memorial Day Classic on Sunday, May 29 along with a 100-lap feature for Thunder Road’s ACT-type Late Models. The final doubleheader will be at Scarborough, ME’s Beech Ridge Motor Speedway on September 17 and 18 during the PASS New England 500 weekend, with ACT running the 42nd Fall Foliage 200 as part of the program.

For more information contact the ACT offices at 802.244.6963, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., the PASS offices at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., or visit or

2016 ACT Late Model Tour Schedule


1 Apr 9-10 Sat-Sun Lee USA Speedway Lee, NH NH Governor’s Cup 150

2 Apr 17 Sun Oxford Plains Speedway Oxford, ME Oxford 100/PASS

3 Apr 30-May 1 Sat-Sun Thunder Road Barre, VT Merchants Bank 150

4 May 14 Sat Airborne Park Speedway Plattsburgh, NY Spring Green 116

5 May 21 Sat New London-Waterford Speedbowl Waterford, CT NLW Tripleheader 100

6 Jun 04 Sat Devil’s Bowl Speedway Fair Haven, VT Devil’s Bowl 100

7 Jun 18 Sat Speedway 51 Groveton, NH Lil Joey Generation Next 151

8 Jul 16 Sat Seekonk Speedway Seekonk, MA Seekonk Tripleheader 150

9 Aug 06 Sat Beech Ridge Motor Speedway Scarborough, ME Coastal 100

10 Aug 20 Sat White Mountain Motorsports Park N. Woodstock, NH WMMP 150/PASS

11 Sep 17-18 Sat-Sun Beech Ridge Motor Speedway Scarborough, ME Fall Foliage 200/PASS

12 Oct 15 Sat Thompson Speedway Thompson, CT World Series Tripleheader 75

Schedule Subject to Change


Kart Racing Set to Return to Thunder Road in 2016

 Thunder Road has announced the formation of a new weekly Go-Kart racing series for the 2016 season. The Junior Champ Kart youth division for competitors ages 6 to 14 will run on Tuesday nights throughout the summer, marking the first time since 2010 that weekly Kart racing will be held on the Barre high banks.

The 10-race series begins on Tuesday, June 21 and will run weekly through Tuesday, August 23, with a one-week holiday break on July 5. The gates will open at 4:30pm for all Tuesday events with racing beginning at 6:00pm.

A special event on Saturday, September 10 will close the Karting season. Racing for this event will begin at 1:00pm with the gates opening at 12:00pm.

An informational meeting will be held on Tuesday, January 19 at 7:00pm at Nick Sweet’s race shop on 307 South Barre Road in Barre, VT. Please email Cris Michaud at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. with any further questions.

2016 Thunder Road Junior Champ Kart schedule

# DAY DATE Post Time Gates Open

1 Tue Jun 21 6:00pm 4:30pm

2 Tue Jun 28 6:00pm 4:30pm

3 Tue Jul 12 6:00pm 4:30pm

4 Tue Jul 19 6:00pm 4:30pm

5 Tue Jul 26 6:00pm 4:30pm

6 Tue Aug 02 6:00pm 4:30pm

7 Tue Aug 09 6:00pm 4:30pm

8 Tue Aug 16 6:00pm 4:30pm

9 Tue Aug 23 6:00pm 4:30pm

10 Sat Sep 10 1:00pm 12:00pm

Subject to Change


 Thunder Road Announces 2016 Schedule of Events

Thunder Road officials have announced the release of the 2016 Thunder Road schedule of events. The 18-event schedule for the 57th season of racing at the “Nation’s Site of Excitement” begins with the 18th Annual Merchants Bank 150 season opener featuring the American-Canadian Tour (ACT) on Saturday/Sunday, April 30/May 1 and runs through the 54th Annual Northfield Savings Bank Milk Bowl on Saturday/Sunday, October 1 & 2.

A special weekly event Sunday, May 22 will kick off the 2016 Late Model “King of the Road” chase. The Pro All Stars Series (PASS) Super Late Models will then return for the 54th Annual Mekkelsen Memorial Day Classic on Sunday, May 29 as part of a doubleheader with the Thunder Road Late Models. 

Thursday night events begin on June 16 and will run through August 25. All Thursday events will have a 7:00pm post time. Big events throughout the summer include the VP Small Engine Fuels Vermont Governor’s Cup 150 on Thursday, July 14; the Times Argus Mid-Season Championships on Thursday, July 28; and the M&M Beverage Enduro 200 and Street Stock Special on Sunday, August 7. 

Two perennial major events conclude the 2016 season. The 38th Coca-Cola Labor Day Classic will be held on Sunday, September 4. The 54th Annual Northfield Savings Bank Milk Bowl on Sunday, October 2 along with Booth Bros./H.P. Hood Qualifying Day on Saturday, October 1 will close out the schedule. 

2016 Thunder Road season passes are now available and can be ordered by contacting the Thunder Road office at 802.244.6963 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..">This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. For more information on the 2016 season contact the Thunder Road office at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or visit

2016 Thunder Road Schedule of Events 


-- Sat Apr 30 Barre Car Show – Practice 

1 Sun May 1 18th Merchants Bank 150 – ACT Tour 

2 Sun May 22 Harvest Equipment 

3 Sun May 29 54th Mekkelsen Memorial Day Classic 100/PASS 150 

4 Thu Jun 16 Casella Waste Management 

5 Thu Jun 23 Regular Event 

6 Thu Jun 30 Regular Event 

7 Sun Jul 03 Holiday Fireworks Event 

8 Thu Jul 07 Regular Event 

9 Thu Jul 14 37th VP Small Engine Fuels Governor’s Cup 150 

10 Thu Jul 21 FairPoint Communications 

11 Thu Jul 28 Times Argus Mid-Season Championships 

12 Thu Aug 04 WDEV Radio/Calkins Portable Toilets 

13 Sun Aug 07 32nd M&M Enduro 200 – Street Stock Special 

14 Thu Aug 11 Regular Event 

15 Thu Aug 18 U.S. Army Recruiting 

16 Thu Aug 25 Jet Service Envelope 

17 Sun Sep 04 38th Coca Cola Labor Day Classic 200 

18 Sat Oct 01 Booth Bros./H.P. Hood Qualifying Day 

Sun Oct 02 54th Northfield Savings Bank Milk Bowl 

Schedule subject to change


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