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Alaska fishing guide returns to become a Vermont game warden

Posted on February 22, 2018 |
By Matt Dickerson



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One of the things Asa Sargent had to learn when he left the Green Mountain State to spend four years as a guide in Alaska, was how to know when a charging brown bear was just bluffing.

It’s not a lesson one learns growing up in Ripton, Vt., so Sargent, now 26 years old, had to trust the wisdom of the experienced guide who trained him.

It also isn’t a skill that is likely to prove useful in his new career, as a Vermont State Game Warden. However other skills from his years guiding did transfer.

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Matt Dickerson: Returning to fish in the Trinity National Forest

Posted on February 1, 2018 |
By Matt Dickerson



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Matt Dickerson: On the use of scarves and cross-country skiing in the cold

Posted on January 18, 2018 |
By Matt Dickerson



It was a perfect January day — the type of day during which I might wear a long wool scarf for the aesthetic, but I don’t really need one. The temperature hovered in the mid-20s. Fresh snow blanketed the ground. Most importantly, nearly all the trails at Rikert Nordic Ski Touring Center were once again open.

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Matt Dickerson: Sledding at grandmother's house

Posted on January 4, 2018 |
By Matt Dickerson



The day after Christmas, we piled into our modern sleighs beneath a clear blue winter sky. We went over the river and through the woods — and up and over two mountains, and over two more bigger rivers, and through more woods, and over one very long covered bridge and past two more smaller ones — to Grandmother’s House.

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Matt Dickerson: On Christmas and nature in Narnia and Middle-earth

Posted on December 21, 2017 |
By Matt Dickerson



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Matt Dickerson: Giving the gift of time (and Nordic skiing)

Posted on November 30, 2017 |
By Matt Dickerson



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Matt Dickerson: Hunting and slowing down

Posted on November 16, 2017 |
By Matt Dickerson



This is the time of year when a significant number of Vermonters disappear into the woods for hours on end and just sit. Quietly. Listening. I’m often one of those Vermonters. We are out there, of course, because it is the annual 16-day rifle season for whitetail deer.

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Matt Dickerson: Our fishing rivers are under threat

Posted on November 2, 2017 |
By Matt Dickerson



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I recently experienced a good scare. It was the kind of scare you get when you think about something really beautiful being transformed into something horrible, or about life being threatened by death. And it had nothing to do with Halloween.

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Matt Dickerson: Two days in autumn

Posted on October 19, 2017 |
By Matt Dickerson



Paddling the canoe around Lake Dunmore with my wife has become an annual October outing. If we don’t get our 17-foot Old Towne out at least once while a misty hillside above the Falls of Lana is blurred with red and orange and yellow, autumn feels incomplete.

What isn’t an annual outing is bringing our big black Lab along for the paddle, or being able to go out on the water without a coat or sweater.

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Matt Dickerson: Big trout, warm weather

Posted on October 5, 2017 |
By Matt Dickerson



I recently had a chance to fish for a day and a half in one of those small New England streams that holds surprisingly big trout. I was staying with my brother for a couple nights in the newly opened Medawisla Lodge, in a 75,000-acre conservation area run by the Appalachian Mountain Club. It sits in a land of many waters in the space between Moosehead Lake and Baxter State Park where the Appalachian Trail ends (or begins) at Mount Katahdin in Maine.

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