Dions accused of elaborate poaching scheme

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Wayne and Jennie Dion of Irasburg pose with the two bucks they shot on opening weekend of rifle season in 2008.  Mr. Dion’s deer was an eight-pointer and weighed 190 pounds.  Ms. Dion’s deer was a six-pointer and weighed 160 pounds.  Photos courtesy of the Dions

Wayne and Jennie Dion of Irasburg pose with the two bucks they shot on opening weekend of rifle season in 2008. Mr. Dion’s deer was an eight-pointer and weighed 190 pounds. Ms. Dion’s deer was a six-pointer and weighed 160 pounds. Photos courtesy of the Dions

copyright the Chronicle November 26, 2014

by Tena Starr

An Irasburg couple will be brought to court next month for allegedly running an elaborate deer poaching operation that included baiting and spotlights in their well concealed backyard and a gun portal in a wall of their house.

Wayne Dion, 66, and Jennie Dion, 63, are facing multiple charges related to deer baiting and illegal hunting, Major Dennis Reinhardt, who is in charge of law enforcement for the Vermont Fish and Wildlife Department, said Monday.

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Rifle season: Mild winters may lead to higher success rate

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Makenzie Smith, 10, of Irasburg shot her first buck, an eight-pointer weighing 164 pounds, during Youth Weekend — in her secret spot!  Photo courtesy of her very proud Grampa Brent Shafer

Makenzie Smith, 10, of Irasburg shot her first buck, an eight-pointer weighing 164 pounds, during Youth Weekend — in her secret spot! Photo courtesy of her very proud Grampa Brent Shafer

copyright the Chronicle November 12, 2014

by Paul Lefebvre

Between sunrise on Saturday, opening day of rifle season on deer, and closing day at sunset on November 30, hunters will lose roughly 30 minutes of hunting time.

That’s because they can hunt deer from 30 minutes before sunrise and 30 minutes after sunset during the 16-day season.

But sunrise on November 15 comes at 6:45, or 19 minutes earlier than it does on Sunday, November 30 — the last day in the season.

A comparable loss in time occurs at sunset. On Saturday the sun will set at 4:21 compared to 4:10 on the last day of month. Added together and that’s a loss of 30 minutes in real time.

Will it make any difference in hunters’ success rate? Probably not.

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Hunting with drones likely to be banned

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Noah Menard of Barton poses proudly with the spikehorn he shot in 2013 in Barton.  He and his father, Nathan, stopped by the Chronicle for a photo before having the deer weighed, but his first buck, taken at a distance of 55 yards, was big enough to put a smile on the eight-year-old’s face.  Photo by Joseph Gresser

Noah Menard of Barton poses proudly with the spikehorn he shot in 2013 in Barton. He and his father, Nathan, stopped by the Chronicle for a photo before having the deer weighed, but his first buck, taken at a distance of 55 yards, was big enough to put a smile on the eight-year-old’s face. Photo by Joseph Gresser

copyright the Chronicle September 24, 2014 

by Tena Starr

The Vermont Fish and Wildlife Board will hold a public hearing next month on a new regulation that would prevent people from hunting with drones, or any other aircraft.

The rule is being considered more as a precaution against future problems than a remedy for any existing one.

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Rifle season for white-tailed deer opens November 16

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The weekend before rifle season is set aside for youth hunters. Noah Menard of Barton poses proudly with the spikehorn he shot Sunday, November 10, in Barton. He and his father, Nathan, stopped by the Chronicle for a photo before having the deer weighed, but his first buck, taken at a distance of 55 yards, was big enough to put a smile on the eight-year-old’s face. Photo by Joseph Gresser

by Paul Lefebvre

copyright the Chronicle 11-13-2013

Why do deer hunters enjoy less success in the Northeast Kingdom than they do elsewhere?

The 2013 deer rifle season opens Saturday, and the Department of Fish and Wildlife is projecting a harvest similar to 2012 when rifle hunters took 6,159 buck over the 16-day season.

Adam Murkowski, the department’s top deer biologist, said he expects that 16 percent of the state’s deer population will be harvested.  He estimated the herd’s present population at roughly 130,000, and noted that the harvest rate has been stable for the last few years. Continue reading

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Moose harvest lagging at mid-season

Barry Adams of Lyndonville hunting with his father, Dave, shot this 442-pound cow in Wheelock Monday morning.  Photo courtesy of Cedric Alexander

Barry Adams of Lyndonville hunting with his father, Dave, shot this 442-pound cow in Wheelock Monday morning. Photo courtesy of Cedric Alexander

by Paul Lefebvre

BARTON — Halfway through the 2013 season and the moose harvest is running about 40 percent behind last year’s figures at this time, according to biologist Cedric Alexander of the state’s Fish and Wildlife Department.

Early estimates suggest that 115 moose had been taken as of Monday night, said Mr. Alexander, the department’s moose biologist who was at the Barton reporting station Tuesday.

Mr. Alexander attributed the trailing harvest to a reduction in permits — about 30 fewer than were issued a year ago.

A hunter not included in the mid-season report was Chris Manges of West Burke, who shot a 622-pound cow Tuesday in Craftsbury.

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Scenes from fall 2012 in the Northeast Kingdom

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This is a drawing of the Renaissance Block, planned for Newport's Main Street.

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The Spates block will be torn down to make way for the Renaissance Block in Newport. Photo by Joseph Gresser

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Anthony Lazarra of Morgan had a great year for pumpkins and gourds in his garden.

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Shaquille Urie of Lake Region heads the soccer ball in a game against People's Academy. Photo by Richard Creaser

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Carmen Anderson of Westmore grew this startling tomato.

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This photo was taken in 1941. The hunter is Bertha Wood Chamberlin, who was 24 years old at the time the photo was taken. She shot a bobcat and a deer in one day.

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Bob Davis of Craftsbury makes a call at the Malcolm R. Davis Funeral Home. Mr Davis and his wife, Louise, are selling the funeral home to Curtis-Britch-Converse Rushford of Newport. Photo by Bethany M. Dunbar

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Markus Vogt of the Northeast Kingdom Learning Services serves up some chili during Newport's annual chili fest, which benefits Vermont's North Country Chamber of Commerce. Photo by Richard Creaser

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Hostas get buried by falling autumn leaves. Photo by Joseph Gresser

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Foliage is at peak around Orleans County this week as Holsteins at the Urie farm on the corner of Mud Island Road and the Shadow Lake Road in Glover show off their best sides. Photo by Bethany M. Dunbar

This is a drawing of the Renaissance Block, planned for Newport's Main Street.The Spates block will be torn down to make way for the Renaissance Block in Newport.  Photo by Joseph GresserAnthony Lazarra of Morgan had a great year for pumpkins and gourds in his garden.Shaquille Urie of Lake Region heads the soccer ball in a game against People's Academy.  Photo by Richard CreaserCarmen Anderson of Westmore grew this startling tomato.This photo was taken in 1941. The hunter is Bertha Wood Chamberlin, who was 24 years old at the time the photo was taken.  She shot a bobcat and a deer in one day.Bob Davis of Craftsbury makes a call at the Malcolm R. Davis Funeral Home.  Mr Davis and his wife, Louise, are selling the funeral home to Curtis-Britch-Converse Rushford of Newport.  Photo by Bethany M. DunbarMarkus Vogt of the Northeast Kingdom Learning Services serves up some chili during Newport's annual chili fest, which benefits Vermont's North Country Chamber of Commerce.  Photo by Richard CreaserHostas get buried by falling autumn leaves.  Photo by Joseph GresserFoliage is at peak around Orleans County this week as Holsteins at the Urie farm on the corner of Mud Island Road and the Shadow Lake Road in Glover show off their best sides.  Photo by Bethany M. Dunbar
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