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Vermont Antlerless Hunt

Wow, what a week of discussion about Muzzleloader doe permits in Vermont. Speaking of does, I was at my parent's house the other day looking out across the field where does and fawns sometimes feed in the light of the setting sun. It was then that I saw a dark spot resembling the figure of a woodchuck sitting where the does usually stand. This came as a surprise to me because I haven’t seen a single woodchuck yet this year. It’s been a disappointing start to put it mildly. ...continue reading

Vermont Turkey, Turkey Hunting

By now most of you know I’ll be embarking on my first ever turkey hunt this year. I’ve also made it clear that I am clueless when it comes to turkey hunting, so I decided it was in my best interest to humble myself and ask for some advice. Fortunately, I had a good idea of who to ask - and he didn’t disappoint. 

Brett Ladeau is the Vermont State Chapter President for the National Wild Turkey Federation (NWTF) as well as the local Chapter President for the Upper Valley Longbeards, based out of White River Junction, Vermont.  ...continue reading

Turkey Hunting, Vermont

Wow. Just Wow. When I made the deal with my wife that I could go turkey hunting if I could get 100 comments on my Facebook post, I never thought it would actually work out. Neither did she! You all are awesome! Looks like I’ll be turkey hunting this spring. I can’t wait.

The excitement over this new development kept me awake last night as I pictured myself tucked into the base of a tree, calling to a big tom turkey strutting towards me in the early dawn hours of a spring morning in Vermont. Then reality set in and I remembered that I have no idea how to turkey hunt. I’m embarrassed to say I don’t even own a shotgun. I feel so ashamed. ...continue reading

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It’s that day again when my memories of my daughter, Cora, take center stage. The more time passes the easier the day becomes, but I still don’t like it and I don’t expect I ever will. It forces me to be reflective. That’s hard to do, I’ve found. The best time to be reflective is when it happens on accident or unexpectedly.

I remember being reflective one time after shooting a nice buck. That’s the best kind of reflective – spontaneous and joyful. ...continue reading

Rifle Season November

Just the other day I was looking at my work calendar and I noticed I didn’t have any appointments scheduled for the month of November yet. I realize we are still seven months away (ONLY SEVEN MONTHS?!?!?!), but I think about this month every day of the year. It’s an important month for deer hunters as I am sure you know. ...continue reading