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  • Habitat - preferred habitats, plants, water levels, temperatures
  • Habitat Enhancement vs. Baiting - ethics and the law
  • Species ID- divers, puddlers, common flyways, food preferences and distinguishing markings
  • Duck calling - types of calls, calling basics, "meat" calling vs "contest" calling, volume & control
  • Goose calling - types of calls, calling basics, "meat" calling vs "contest" calling, volume & control
  • Equipment - boats, blinds, decoys, calls, motion, shotgun gauge & chokes
  • Scouting - "road," boat, glassing, GPS use, journaling & the magical "X"
  • Camouflage - timber, cornfield, grass and three tone neutral colors
  • Strategies - decoy setups, when to call, blind placement, "psychology" of the flock
  • Landowner Relations - "getting permission", leases, rights, responsibilities and liabilities. "agrarian" values
  • Volunteerism - Ducks Unlimited, Delta Waterfowl - missions, programs, needs and values,why, how much time?
  • Dog training - purpose, basics, what we learn from teaching, types of dogs

 

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Field Trips

  • Dead Creek Wildlife Refuge, Addison, VT - canoe, banding, habitat focus & tree planting
  • Mississquoi National Wildlife Refuge, Swanton, VT - canoe tour, blind building, species id, habitat focus
  • Wetland Tour, Chittenden & Addison Cty, VT- habitat enhancement, blind building
  • Farm Day - work day, winter wheat and corn planting, hayfields
  • Fish & Wildlife - Essex w/ Bill Crenshaw, Waterfowl Biologist
  • Snowbound Kennels - Alec Sparks, Dog Trainer
  • Lake Champlain Retriever Club - field trials, hunt tests, gunning assistance
  • North Country Sportsmans Club - firearms safety, trap, sporting clays shooting  

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Turkey
  • Habitat - lowland and mountain ridgelines, differences in food availability
  • Habitat Enhancement - standing corn, apple trees, chufa, lablab, peas, etc.
  • Effects of Weather - Winter Severity Index, mast availability, phototropic periodism, "leaf out"
  • Calling - basics, spring, fall, types of calls, when and when not to
  • Equipment - vests, seats, friction, diaphragm and box calls, decoys, shotgun gauge and chokes
  • Scouting - habitat identification, tracks, glassing, "locator" calls, importance of NOT using turkey calls, roosts
  • Camoflage - pre-leaf out and post leaf-out, light and shadow
  • Strategies - 3 "cycles" of breeding, decoys, motion, land form strategies, roosting
  • Landowner Relations - "getting permission", rights, responsibilities and manners
  • Volunteerism - National Wild Turkey Federation - mission, programs, needs and values, why, how much time?

Field Trips

  • Farms/Scouting - Champlain Valley, Addison, Franklin & Chittenden Counties
  • Mountain - ridgelines, Addison, Franklin & Chittenden Counties
  • Farm Work Day - planting seed corn, working food plots, planting apple trees
  • NWTF Calling Contest - at annually chosen location
  • F&W - Pittsford, Doug Blodgett- Turkey Management Team Coordinator
  • WSI Reseach - snowshoe expedition to locate roosts and general health of flocks


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Whitetail Deer
  • Traditional Habitat vs. Suburban-ized Habitat - food, shelter, wintering areas, travel corridors
  • Habitat Enhancement - natural food plots, clover, alfalfa, perennials, cost/benefit conclusions
  • Effects of Weather - Winter Severity Index, mast identification and availability, phototropic periodism
  • Calling - types of calls, ratttling, bleats, grunts, timing
  • Equipment - rifles, calibers, scopes, calls, ballistics, archery, sights, etc.
  • Scouting - glassing, "road" vs. field scouting, identifying corridors, bedding, feeding patterns
  • Safety First - Importance of Wearing Orange, backdrops, target ID
  • Strategies - still hunting, tracking, tree stands, light & shadow, solunar schedules, rutting periods
  • Landowner Relations - the myth of the "right to hunt", creating a "culture of respect"

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Fishing
  • Habitat Study - Lake & Stream - naturally occurring vs. altered
  • Natural Habitat vs Changing Habitat - Invasive species effects, what changes w/ each invader?
  • Species Identification - traditional and introduced species
  • Ecosystems - What species thrive in what environment? ph, O2, entemology, shallow vs. deep
  • Pollution - point & non-point, phosphorous, sediment, erosion, pesticides, petroleum
  • Invasive Species - zebra mussels, Eurasian milfoil, water chestnuts, alewives, cormorants, lamprey, parasites
  • Equipment - lake and stream rods, flyrods, reels, line, tackle and boats
  • Scouting - troughs, drop-offs, pools and deep water, GPS and mapping systems
  • Strategies & Techniques - bass, rainbows, lake trout, salmon, panfish, pike, muskellunge
  • Public Trust Doctrine - Resources, rights and responsibilities

Field Trips

  • ECHO - species identification, cause & effect
  • VT Fish & Wildlife - salmon fry releases, lamprey nest counts, habitat studies
  • Walleye Hatchery Project - Bald Hill, LCWA involvment
  • Major Rivers Ecosystems - Lamoille, Winooski
  • Secondary Rivers Ecosystems - Huntington, New Haven
  • LCI Derby Headquarters - structure, weigh stations, records, sponsors, day to day operations
  • Lake Fishing Day - charter donation for salmon. lake trout
  • Lake Fishing Day - charter donation from BassMasters
  • Stream Fishing Day - donation from outfitter, Learn to Fish, and/or guide service
  • Rainy Day Runoff - non-point source pollution from parking lots - Allen Brook, Potash Brook, etc.
  • Ed Weed Hatchery - No. Hero - human intervention within ecosystem
  • Lewis Creek Assoc. - creek walk, plant diversity, riparian ecology


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Upland Birds
  • Species - ruffed grouse, woodcock, pheasant
  • Habitat - preferred feed and cover - naturally occuring
  • Habitat Enhancement and Management - food plot prep, plantings, raising pheasants
  • Scouting - topo maps and GPS coverage, seeking out abandoned farms and orchards
  • Landowner Relations - getting permission, sharing covers, proper manners
  • Strategies & Techniques - instinct shooting vs sustained leads, gauges, shot size, chokes
  • Practice - trap & skeet 

 

 

Field Trips

  • Ruffed Grouse Society - apple tree releases, habitat enhancements
  • Peaceable Hill Preserve - habitat creation, business of raising birds for hunt & consumption
  • SnowBound Kennels - training pointers
  • North Country Sportsmans Club - firearm safety, trap, skeet & sporting clays shooting     

 
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Icefishing
  • Habitat - safe ice, lakes, ponds, species
  • Strategies & Techniques - lake trout, salmon, pike, perch, smelt
  • Equipment - shanties, micro-lines, tip-ups, handlines, bait and bait restrictions, colors & light

Field Trips

  • Fish & Wildlife Office - creel limits, bait ID and restrictions
  • Icefishing Expeditions - Lake & Pond
  • Commercial Fishing - Highgate Bait & Tackle 





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Trapping
  • Purpose and Intent of Trapping
  • Why trapping is necessary - Social, Economic and Ecological
  • Species that are trapped - a study of species and their history
  • Habitat - Historical and adaptive alternatives
  • Strategies and Techniques - History of various traps and modern alternatives
  • Markets and Values - cost of tools, time & labor vs. market values of pelts

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Politics
  • What do they have to do with hunting & fishing?
  • Examples of Legislative affects
  • Study of Proposed Bills

Field Trip

  • VT Legislature w/ Vermont Traditions Coalition - during a bill debate
  • Introduction - to Steve McLeod & Frank Stanley, lobbyists
  • Hunter, Anglers & Trappers - meeting