Outdoors

Lake Bomoseen, the best fishery in Vt.

Jensen Afield

I t is a deep lake. It is a long lake. It is a great lake. Lake Bomoseen will not give up a nice catch of walleyes because, well, there are no walleyes to be found there. You can catch some great lake trout in Lake Champlain, but not in Lake Bomoseen. Same thing; there are no lake trout in […]

A slow start for snapping turtles

THE OUTSIDE STORY

One moonless May evening, my husband and I walked down to our local pond, flashlights in hand, to look for toads. We were delighted to discover hundreds of them, floating, darting, and jockeying for position in an explosion of courtship. Their surround-sound trills left our ears ringing. The toads were frenzied, focused only on each other, and highly concentrated in […]

CAMEL’S HUMP The view is worth it

Jensen Afield

HUNTINGTON — My legs have been toughened up from a long turkey season and mountain bike rides. But the muscles that were in play last weekend were tested in a far different way. And the next day, I could still feel the burn, particularly in the upper legs. If there are two words to describe our hike last weekend, it […]

Why we need turkey vultures

THE OUTSIDE STORY

“Mom, there’s a really big crow in the compost,” my son said one day early this spring, followed closely by, “Wait. What is that bird? It’s huge!” I peeked out the back window to find a bird, huge indeed, a red head atop a cloak of black feathers, sitting on a corner post of the garden fence, peering into the […]

A DAY FOR THE KIDS at Book Pond

Jensen Afield

WEST HAVEN — This was a day just for the kids. A crowd of 56 children from surrounding communities caught trout, wolfed down hot dogs and smiled a great deal at the Castleton Lion’s Club Kid’s Fishing Derby last weekend. While overcast skies threatened rain, nothing put a damper on the children at a small pond that shimmered with the […]

Appreciating woodchucks

THE OUTSIDE STORY

One summer we had an ongoing battle with a woodchuck. Unbeknownst to us, it had dug a burrow in an ideal location — in the center of our dense raspberry patch, about 10 feet from our vegetable garden. The woodchuck then dug a hole under the garden fence and feasted on beans, peas, and other tender vegetables. We filled the […]

FIRST GOBBLER is a day to remember

Jensen Afield

Just about any hunter out there will tell you, even in old age, how he or she remembers the first deer they ever shot. The same goes for your first wild turkey. I certainly remember mine. It was my second season, some 30 years ago, that I managed to call in two jake birds. The two birds, one-year-old gobblers, came […]

Appreciating mountain laurel

THE OUTSIDE STORY

If you were fortunate enough to grow up with freedom to roam outdoors, there are likely certain places that stick with you. For me, one of these places is a thicket of old mountain laurels that my brother and I hiked through on our way to an outcrop we called The Ledge. What I loved about them was how their […]

F&W proposes increase in doe permits

Jensen Afield

The Vermont Fish & Wildlife Department wants to slightly increase the number of antlerless deer permits for the December muzzleloader season in a proposal that was brought before a public hearing held last week at Rutland High School. Under the proposal, Fish & Wildlife would issue 27,000 antlerless permits, an increase of 10 percent over the number of permits issued […]

Our new threat: Emerald ash borer

THE OUTSIDE STORY

Jim Fuller, a former park ranger at Vermont’s Grand Isle State Park, described this interaction with a tourist from New Jersey, when he confiscated their out-of-state firewood. Ranger Jim: “We are trying to keep the forests clear of invasive insects.” Tourist, as beetle fell from firewood: “you mean like that one there?” In this instance, the hitchhiking insect proved to […]


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