West Mountain Wildlife Management Area is located in the remote Northeast Kingdown towns of Ferdinand, Maidstone and Brunswick. Covering nearly 23,000 acres, it is the largest and wildest WMA in Vermont, and it borders tens of thousands of acres of conserved commercial forest land. The West Mountain WMA is home to 14 species of plants that are rare or endangered in Vermont and eight sites of ecological significance. Its many ponds, bogs and wetlands provide nesting and roosting habitat for migratory waterfowl, and its deep forests have a long history of producing large northwoods deer.
Nestled deep in the vast forestland of the Northeast Kingdom is a classic northwoods camp that's been a haven for hunters, anglers, and other outdoor lovers for more than a century. Located on a quiet pond a stone's throw from Canada, Quimby Country Lodge and Cottages just might also be one of the best kept secrets in Vermont. To learn more about this historic camp, we visited for an overnight stay and some upland bird hunting.
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Getting high school students excited about science can be a challenge, especially if it requires staying after school. But at Otter Valley Union High School in Brandon, Vermont, there’s one biology teacher who has developed a program that has students actually looking forward to staying after school. Brad Frohlof, an avid deer hunter and 30-year teacher at Otter Valley, has infused his love for the outdoors into a unique, hands-on program that introduces students to the art and science of taxidermy.
The Pomainville Wildlife Management Area in Pittsford, VT covers 360 acres of former farmland along the east bank of the Otter Creek. Thanks to partnerships with the Pomainville family, Ducks Unlimited and other conservation groups, this unique property was acquired by the Vermont Fish and Wildlife Department in 2005, and its diverse habitats are now being managed and restored for the benefit of both fish and wildlife.
Vermont is home to many productive trout streams, but none as famous as the Batten Kill. For more than 150 years, the river's reputation for producing big brown trout and beautiful native brook trout has lured anglers from across the country to southwest Vermont. Starting in the 1970s, the Batten Kill was managed strictly as a wild trout stream, initially with great success. But in the mid-90s a dramatic decline in the number of yearling trout had state biologists, anglers and others scrambling for answers. Thanks to a lot of hard work from a variety of groups, efforts are now underway to restore the Batten Kill as one of New England’s premier wild trout waters.