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Matt Dickerson: Gliding through a snowy wood

Posted on February 19, 2014 |
By Matt Dickerson



There is something about evergreens bent and laden under a thick quilt of fresh snow. Especially spruces and firs and hemlocks. To say it was a feeling of waiting would not be quite right. Waiting so often implies impatience. But the woods were not impatient. Rather it was a feeling of tranquility.

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Outdoor column by Matt Dickerson: Nostalgia and the power of fishing

Posted on February 6, 2014 |
By Matt Dickerson



I’ve recently been digging up old outdoor memories.

Some of it has to do with this pathetic winter. Pathetic in the amount of snow, that is. We’ve done fine with cold. Well enough with the cold, in fact, that news media are acting like it’s the coldest winter since Vermont was buried under a mile of glacier. Well enough that my wood supply is looking frighteningly low. Well enough that people are proclaiming an end to global warming, apparently forgetting that it was only two decades ago that sub-zero temperatures were routine in Vermont winters.

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Matt Dickerson: Strange attire for the outdoors

Posted on January 8, 2014 |
By Matt Dickerson



I was pondering recently the strange phenomenon of what creatures find attractive, and why.

Take trout and salmon. I have an upcoming opportunity for some Pacific steelhead fishing over a three-day weekend after a work-related trip to Oregon. My brother is coming from San Francisco to meet me, and we are splurging to hire a guide for the first day. The guide will provide flies while we are with him.

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Sports column by Matt Dickerson: Thoughts on hope, hunting and Christmas

Posted on December 24, 2013 |
By Matt Dickerson



In my house growing up, Christmas was a both a joyful time and a time of hope. It was mostly about being together as a family, enjoying meals and games and snow and a break from school and work, and about church services celebrating the birth of Jesus. It was not so much about the commercial aspects of the season.

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Matt Dickerson: Watching the squirrels beats shooting my gun

Posted on December 11, 2013 |
By Matt Dickerson



Every November, Vermont has a popular squirrel watching season. Tens of thousands of us avid squirrel watchers take to the woods and spend two weeks just sitting or quietly walking around watching squirrels.

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Dickerson: Be thankful for your meals

Posted on November 26, 2013 |
By Matt Dickerson



Editor’s note: Matt Dickerson, who usually writes a column for our sports pages, takes a little different tack this week as Thanksgiving nears.

Readers beware. This is not an outdoor column. It isn’t about fishing or hunting, at least not directly.

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Sports column by Matt Dickerson: Fishing and fall foliage

Posted on October 17, 2013 |
By Matt Dickerson



I have often thought — and said aloud — that a bad autumn for Vermont foliage is better than a great autumn anywhere else. Which is another way of saying that there is no such thing as bad foliage here. Even on those Octobers when we spoiled Vermonters complain that “the colors are dull this year,” our wooded hillsides are still quite beautiful.

The same might be said about fishing. Some say “a bad day of fishing is better than a good day of work.” I say simply that there is no such thing as a bad day of fishing.

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