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Enjoy woods, winter, friends in Vermont

Posted on January 13, 2011 |
By Matt Dickerson



This past Sunday my wife, Deborah, and I put on our cross-country skis for the first time of the new calendar year. Cross-country skiing is one of our favorite outdoor activities — one of the reasons we love winter in Vermont, and are often praying for snow.

But, although we did manage to get out on our skis over the Christmas break to wrap up 2010, not long after New Year’s Day along came the thaw and heavy rains, and all the lovely snow was washed way.

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Snowshoeing brings back memories

Posted on December 30, 2010 |
By Matt Dickerson



Of snow, snowshoes,
beginnings and endings

It was Christmas Eve. The end of the year was approaching determinedly, unavoidably, quickly. But the day was lovely. The sun was up, and the temperature rose to the mid-20s — comfortable weather for snowshoes. Fresh powdery snow blanketed the woods.

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The gift of time

Posted on December 16, 2010 |
By Matt Dickerson



 

It’s Christmas, the season for gift giving. Or, if you’ve taken a trip to your mailbox lately and had to bring a wheelbarrow or small dump truck, you also know it as the season for catalogs.

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Competition in the wild

Posted on December 2, 2010 |
By Matt Dickerson



I got to my tree stand 50 minutes before dawn, 20 before the legal start of the hunting day. I climbed up the tree, clipped my safety harness, pulled my rifle up, and sat down to wait and enjoy the woods in the predawn and dawn hours.

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Visitor is biking around the world

Posted on November 18, 2010 |
By Matt Dickerson



It was a dark and stormy night.
Actually it wasn’t completely dark yet, and it wasn’t quite night. More like a dusky late afternoon, on the cusp of early evening. Just barely 6 p.m. And though it wasn’t exactly stormy, it was certainly as cold and breezy as one would expect in late Autumn in Vermont.
Those were the conditions when Mount Abraham Union High School junior Garth Wilson heard a knock on the door of his Bristol home. He opened it to find a congenial looking stranger standing on the porch.

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Trout season closes with a big bang

Posted on November 4, 2010 |
By Matt Dickerson



The fish was huge. From 30 yards away, I could see its body waving below two feet of current on the gravel river bottom. It was another angler who pointed it out to me.
“It’s gotta be 30 inches long,” he said. “I cast to it for a while, but I couldn’t get it to take.”

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Combat fishing for lake salmon

Posted on October 21, 2010 |
By Matt Dickerson



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For all of the wonderful fishing opportunities that abound in Vermont, one thing the state does not have in abundance is salmon fishing. Yes, there is some good fishing for landlocked salmon in some of the bigger lakes and their tributaries (including Champlain), but despite all of the restoration efforts there are almost no ocean-run (anadromous) Atlantic salmon that still spawn in New England waters.

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Of hunting tents and teenagers

Posted on October 7, 2010 |
By Matt Dickerson



As I write this, it’s four days into the 2010 bow and arrow season for deer and the newly expanded archery season for turkey. Sadly, I was tied up much of the opening weekend and only got out hunting one evening for two hours. I saw nothing but a gray squirrel.

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One type of turkey

Posted on September 23, 2010 |
By Matt Dickerson



There are two types of outdoor writers: those who categorize outdoors enthusiasts into different types and those who don’t. By contrast, when it comes to actually doing some specific outdoor sport, there are four types of persons. I have observed these four categories in every outdoor sport I’ve paid any attention to: backpacking, biking, kayaking, hunting, fishing, canoeing, cross-country skiing, etc.

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Watching for trout, actively

Posted on September 9, 2010 |
By Matt Dickerson



I have always been an active angler. I don’t like passive fishing. I like to move when I fish. I like walking or wading, casting and retrieving, going after the fish and not waiting for them to come after me. I like to cover lots of water. I don’t like to just stand around and watch.

That’s one reason I prefer fishing rivers and streams to fishing lakes. It’s also why I prefer fly-fishing and spin fishing to trolling or bait fishing. The first two of these require regular, at times constant, activity: frequent steady motions of the shoulders, arms, hands, legs, eyes.

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