Category Archives: Outdoors

Man charged with killing moose out of season

STARKSBORO — Vermont game wardens have charged a Starksboro man with killing a moose out of season.
Shaun E. Rublee, 25, is accused of shooting animal, which was found dead on Guthrie Road in Lincoln on Oct. 5.
Vermont’s firearms moose hunting season runs from Oct. 20 to 25.
Game wardens said they searched Rublee’s home and seized eight bags of moose meat, moose antlers, tools used to butcher a moose carcass, a rifle and several rounds of ammunition.
Rublee faces fines and restitution of up to $2,500 and 60 days in jail or both.

Missing UVM hikers emerge OK

HUNTINGTON — There’s a happy ending for four University of Vermont students reported missing on Camels Hump.
The students were reported missing Sunday afternoon, a day after they had headed to the mountain for an overnight hike.
Students Sophie Earll, Blake Winkler, Ryan Duffy and Shawn Wasson, all of Burlington, were supposed to meet Saturday with several other UVM students who had hiked to Montclair Glen Lodge earlier that day.
The group was reported missing Sunday by members of the group they were supposed to meet.
As state police and members of Waterbury Backcountry Rescue were preparing late Sunday afternoon to launch a search, the four walked off the mountain.
There were no injuries.

Trapping season starts Oct. 27

MONTPELIER — Vermont officials are reminding trappers state law requires them to complete a training course instructing them on rules, regulations and humane trapping methods.
The state’s trapping season starts Oct. 27. State owned land is open to trapping, but trappers must get permission from private landowners.
The Vermont Fish and Wildlife Department oversees the harvest of 13 common species of furbearers ranging from weasels to coyotes.

Police: Missing hunter located ‘alive and well’

Vermont State Police just posted on their Facebook site that a hunter missing in Danville has been found and is OK.

“Hunter located, alive and well,” is all the Facebook post said.

Police say Trevor Barrett, 33, of Barnet went hunting about 2 p.m. Thursday in Danville. He called his girlfriend at about 7 p.m. saying he was lost and his cell phone battery was nearly dead.

Wearing only a t-shirt and jeans, Barrett was not prepared to spend the night outside with temperatures expected to drop into the low 40s.

The Vermont State Police search and rescue team, Fish & Wildlife Department wardens, Caledonia County Sheriff’s Department deputies, State Police search dogs, local fire departments and family members all joined the search.

An initial search of the area whee Barrett was last seen came up empty and efforts to reach him on his cell phone failed.

Searchers combed the woods without success before Barrett was located this morning.

Grafton Ponds issues early deals

GRAFTON — Cross-country skiers can save 40 percent off Grafton Ponds 2012-2013 season passes if purchased by Thanksgiving, officials said.
Early season passes are $99 for adults, $79 for students and seniors, $59 for youth, and family passes for $299, ages six through high school. Early season passes include snowshoe trail access, snow tubing and $3 tube rentals.
“With the current state of the economy, we know it will be tougher for people to ski this winter,” Grafton Ponds Director Bill Salmon said. “It’s important to keep active and healthy in the winter, so we’re assisting by significantly reducing our rates for everyone. Our snowmaking also helps to guarantee snow for Nordic skiers.”
Grafton Ponds is scheduled to open for the winter season in early December. For more information visit or call 843-2400.

Game reporting stations are announced

BARRE — The Vermont Fish and Wildlife Department has identified the reporting stations for the 2012 hunting seasons.

The department says hunters who take a bear, deer, turkey or moose must, by law, bring the animal within 48 hours to the nearest game warden or the nearest official reporting station.

For a complete list see the FWD website at

Online feature lets landowners contact hunters

WATERBURY — Vermont landowners can now connect with hunters who wish to hunt in their areas through a new feature on the Vermont Fish & Wildlife Department web site.
The department has developed an online system where hunters can register for permission to hunt in certain areas of the state. That came about after an advisory group of landowners, hunters, foresters and wildlife biologists recommended the state investigate issues of deer eating saplings and doing damage to forestry land and hunters unable to access private lands.
The department says landowners can now go to the website and contact hunters to hunt deer on their property.
A get connected quick link is on the web site under “items of special interest.”

Hunters reminded of rules on importing deer

MONTPELIER — Vermonters traveling out of state to hunt deer or elk are reminded that rules aimed at protecting Vermont’s wild deer from chronic wasting disease are still in effect.
The Vermont Fish & Wildlife Department says it’s illegal to import or possess deer or elk, or parts of deer or elk, from states and Canadian provinces that have had chronic wasting disease, or from captive hunt or farm facilities.
Some of the exceptions are:
— meat that is cut up and packaged;
— boneless meat;
— hides or capes with no part of the head attached;
— clean skull-caps with antlers attached.
The regulations apply to deer or elk carcasses from 21 states and two Canadian provinces.

Foliage starting to turn

Hight hilltops are turning color as the foliage season is just starting to erupt.

According to the VT Department of Tourism: “Rutland County Forester Chris Stone notes Route 103 is revealing 5-20 percent early stages. Stone says trees are just starting to lose some green and hints of yellow and orange are starting to show at higher elevations. Some scattered individual red maples are turning at higher elevation wetlands. While the color has yet to really show, there is a hint of fall on the hillsides.

Your best bet to see foliage as it begins are in the higher elevation areas in the northernmost regions  that will offer the most panoramic views of emerging color across the valleys. Many low-lying marsh areas will offer some of the most vivid and varied early season change. Route 108 through Smugglers’ Notch between Stowe and Cambridge is showing color, as are Routes 242 and 100 near Jay Peak; plus Routes 16 and 5A in the Lake Willoughby area. The Worcester Range and Mount Elmore along Route 12 north of Montpelier are tinged with early color, as are views from Route 14 in the Hardwick and Craftsbury region.

 Sam Schenski, the Windham and Windsor County Forester also suggests Rt. 106 through Perkinsville; Tyson Rd. from Reading to Plymouth and East Hill Rd. in Andover – all of which, he notes are in early stages of foliage.

Visit  to plan Vermont Fall Foliage travel.


GMC hosts business social

BRIDGEWATER CORNERS – The Green Mountain Club will host a business social at the Long Trail Brewing Company  from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Thursday.

The club and the brewery encourage Vermont businesses to attend.

The Long Trail Brewery has long supported the club’s work on the Long Trail and Appalachian Trail as a GMC business member. The Business Membership program connects local businesses with hikers in Vermont through publicity and outreach to more than 10,000 members and 200,000 annual hikers while supporting the trail system that has made Vermont an iconic hiking destination.

Guests will enjoy complimentary hors d’oeuvres and drinks presented by Long Trail brewmaster Matt Quinlan. The brewery has organized a raffle, which will include ski passes and merchandise from Long Trail Brewing Company and the Green Mountain Club.

Rutland County Senator William Carris, majority leader of the state Senate, and Vermont Department of Tourism and Marketing Commissioner Megan Smith will be in attendance.