Matthew Dickerson: Three strikes, no photos and the mysterious bowfin

Vermont’s Arrowhead Mountain Lake is the only place I have ever caught a bowfin.

Matthew Dickerson: Getting out again: Groton State Forest

It covers 26,164 acres, and it borders or contains eight lakes or ponds big enough to canoe. According to the Vermont Agency of Natural Resources, that makes Groton State Forest the second largest contiguous land holding in the state

Matthew Dickerson: Of baby bison, brown trout, cutthroats and Cody

We were still within sight of the boat launch where we began our six-mile float down the Shoshone River in Cody, Wyoming.

Matthew Dickerson: Ten years of the Rio Frio

“I have a confession to make,” my wife said. “I always imagined that Texas was ugly. But this is really beautiful.”

Matthew Dickerson: A winter (or summer) reading list

These are three very different books to read if you like fish, and also if you are interested in fishing, ecology and culture.

Matthew Dickerson: The delight of catch and release

For years I have been hoping for — and advocating for — year-round fishing in Vermont. Now I have my wish.

Matthew Dickerson: Appreciation and exploitation of nature, Part 2

Delight is an important and oft under-appreciated experience. Delight can even be described as a virtue, in the sense that it is something we can practice, and not merely a feeling we have.

Matthew Dickerson: Appreciation and exploitation of nature, Part 1: Sacrifice

Near the start of the J.R.R. Tolkien’s three-volume novel “The Lord of the Rings,” the hero Frodo Baggins makes a statement with profound philosophical, moral and environmental implications.

Matthew Dickerson: The evolution of a Nordic adventure

It was almost 30 years ago, during the winter of 1992-1993, that I began the adventure of pulling a child behind through the woods on snow while cross-country skiing.

Matthew Dickerson: The delight of one outdoor chore

The temperature is in the low teens. My chainsaw hums smoothly. The machine likes this temperature. I stand in six inches of snow next to a huge old maple that got toppled by a strong wind a few weeks ago.

Matthew Dickerson: Catching trout part of New Year’s ritual

The ice on the lake is about four inches thick — just thick enough to be considered safe for ice fishing, but still thin enough that it proves quicker to chop holes with an ax than to drill them with my hand auger. I’m awake, dressed, and out on the lake … (read more)

Matthew Dickerson: Ode to snow (and an outdoor center)

My wife and I bought our seasons passes for the Rikert Nordic Center today. In truth, it was more of a step of hope than one based on the present reality.

Matthew Dickerson: Wilderness survival not always the toughest test

The idea of wilderness survival is certainly appealing to me, mostly because wilderness itself is appealing.

Matthew Dickerson: Local, free-range, and antibiotic-free

“Any luck?” It’s a common question one hears when fishing. I’m sure I’ve asked it as often as I’ve heard it.

Matthew Dickerson: Of lost ice and changing seasons

I don’t remember the exact year when I first drilled holes in the ice and set up tip-ups, beginning a longstanding tradition of ice fishing in Maine the first few days of every new year.


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