State urges hunters to wear orange for safety

MONTPELIER — With the 16- day rifle deer season beginning this Saturday, Vermont Fish and Wildlife is reminding hunters. and anyone who goes into the woods, to wear fluorescent hunter orange. “Studies prove that wearing fluorescent hunter orange keeps hunters visible to other people in the woods, but it keeps them relatively invisible to deer,” said Vermont Hunter Education Program Coordinator Nicole Meier. “Every year we should strive to be the safest we can be by wearing at least a hunter orange hat and v … (read more)

Letter to the editor: Drivers, bikers can work together to ensure safety

Spring is here and while there may not be many cars on the roads these days, there are a fair amount of bicyclists out there. It is a great time to ride a bike even though we have many other challenges upon us. So, you’re driving your car along a two-lane … (read more)

MALT offers advice on tick safety

MIDDLEBURY — In a recent e-newsletter, The Middlebury Area Land Trust (MALT) rejoiced at the arrival of warmer weather. But they added, “Unfortunately, the ticks are also waking up and having a great time latching on to unsuspecting hikers and runners.” M … (read more)

Vaping nicotine is dangerous, too

WILLISTON — Along with hitting the gym more often and starting a diet, quitting smoking tops many New Year’s resolution lists. There are currently 67,400 smokers in Vermont and 57% of them tried to quit last year. New ads from e-cigarette companies would … (read more)

Ice fishing offers fun for all, but be careful

RUTLAND — As winter sets in, many Vermonters are preparing for one of the most popular cold weather pastimes in the state — ice fishing. Anglers spend over 400,000 days each winter ice fishing in Vermont, and the state’s Fish & Wildlife Department is enco … (read more)

Forest Service cautions snowmobilers on safety

VERMONT — With additional snow expected in the coming weeks, the U.S. Forest Service is looking forward to a successful snowmobile season and wants to encourage all riders to put safety first. Green Mountain National Forest (GMNF) officials remind snowmob … (read more)

VSP conduct saturation patrols to keep holidays safe

ADDISON COUNTY — In the past two weeks, Vermont State Police have conducted a number of saturation patrols in the area. Wednesday, Nov. 27, known as the busiest travel day of the year, marked the beginning of Operation C.A.R.E (Combined Accident Reduction … (read more)

Have your oil tank inspected for safety

MONTPELIER — Many Vermont residents will have heating oil tanks inspected before the first fill of the winter season. The inspections, required by a 2017 rule, reduce the number of spills or leaks from these tanks. Under the 2017 rule, inspectors must att … (read more)

Be mindful during hunting season

RUTLAND — With rifle season fast approaching, U.S. Forest Service officials on the Green Mountain National Forest (GMNF) are encouraging the public to use caution and to be visible and mindful of their surroundings in the coming weeks. Saturday, Nov. 16, … (read more)

Dear Homeward Bound: Why do dogs wear orange during hunting season?

Dear Homeward Bound, Why is orange the safety color for dogs to wear during hunting season? I’m curious because right now there is so much color in the woods that the orange on my dog’s collar seems to kind of blend in. Curious Dear Curious, Good question … (read more)

How to stay safe when using tree stands

MONTPELIER — Tree stands get hunters out of sight and smell of wary deer, but they can also get hunters into trouble. Here are some tips from the Vermont Fish & Wildlife Department to help stay safe and get the most out of your tree stand hunting experien … (read more)

Pulp Mill Bridge safety measures sought

MIDDLEBURY — Middlebury selectboard members on Aug. 13 agreed unanimously to ask the Vermont Agency of Transportation for electronic message boards to warn of height restrictions for vehicles entering the historic, double-laned Pulp Mill Bridge that links … (read more)