Recent Discussions

  • Lessons in Butchering Venison

    November 20th 2017
    Hi Graham, The fridge should be fine in the workshop. I keep both fridge and freezer in an unheated garage and have never had a problem. Read More »

  • Mammal Teeth

    November 19th 2017
    Do all mammals, including aquatic, become “long in tooth” (a.k.a. receding gums) with age?  Same question extended to include all modern dentates? Read More »

  • The Treehouse Guys

    November 17th 2017
    Don’t know if it’s just me, but Jim Roth looks a lot like actor Cliff DeYoung. I thought they could be brothers or at least cousins. Google it and see. By the way, you guys… Read More »

  • Lessons in Butchering Venison

    November 17th 2017
    In anticipation of using a frig to execute the dry aging process, I recently moved an extra fridge (we redid our kitchen) into my detached and unheated workshop. I even bought a small fan.  My… Read More »

  • What Cats' Eyes Tell Us About Their Souls

    November 16th 2017
    Wonderfully informative. A pleasure to read and re-read.. Thank you. Read More »

  • How to Release a Dog from a Trap

    November 15th 2017
    Conibear-style traps are designed to kill, so hopefully you never have to release a pet from one. To open them, compress the springs one at a time: there’s a hook that will hold each spring… Read More »

  • The Winter Life of the Skunk

    November 14th 2017
    I noticed a strong skunk odor coming from inside my shed. I opened the door and discovered a couple potheads. Read More »

  • Tricks of the Trade: The Perfect Splitting Block

    November 14th 2017
    I’ve tried this with a tire before but it was a massive headache. Turns out I didn’t have the foresight to actually attach it to the stump with screws like you did. Seems so obvious… Read More »

  • Snowshoe Hares in Winter

    November 11th 2017
    11/2017 There were four hares here this summer.  We live with ponderosa pine, Douglas-fir, and Larch around our cabin.  When the squirrel was cutting the pine cones, I noticed a hare eating the needles of… Read More »

  • Transformations: Which Caterpillar Becomes Which Butterfly?

    November 11th 2017
    Thank you for your site. It helped me identify the Isabella Tiger Moth, a common moth caterpillar, but all the same , exciting to identify and know it will emerge in the spring! Looking for… Read More »

  • How to Release a Dog from a Trap

    November 11th 2017
    Thank you for writing your suggestions in a balanced and accurate manner.  This is an emotional topic for dog owners, and for trappers, many of them dog owners.  I ran a trapline as a teenager… Read More »

  • How to Release a Dog from a Trap

    November 11th 2017
    Do you have info on Conibear traps? Read More »

  • How to Release a Dog from a Trap

    November 11th 2017
    Thanks for posting this information. We were educated about leg traps as well on this ocassion and I think people need to know how to release them. When I heard about Henry’s dilemma I had… Read More »

  • How to Release a Dog from a Trap

    November 10th 2017
    Thank you! Read More »

  • Goldenrod Golf Balls

    November 9th 2017
    Altho its operation seems parasitical, the gall fly may actually aid the Goldenrod species it preys on. The top of the seed stalk above the gall may wither and break off. If it does, side… Read More »

  • Goldenrod Golf Balls

    November 7th 2017
    I read that the larvae also can make good bait for ice fishing, perch,crappy, etc. though I have not used them myself. Read More »

  • Reflections on Roadkill

    November 6th 2017
    Want to take action & help understand where the pinch points are on roadways for wildlife across Vermont? Check out Cold Hollow to Canada’s citizen science project WildPaths on iNaturalist. Photo documentation of roadkill &… Read More »

  • The Winter Life of the Skunk

    November 4th 2017
    We’ve always had skunks in our neighborhood but for some reason this year they’ve been really heavy in population. They always came near our townhomes because they like to eat birdseed that spills from the… Read More »

  • Reflections on Roadkill

    November 2nd 2017
    Thank you for a thoughtful piece on a daily occurrence. More and more we crowd the natural world with our excesses. Nice to see some, somewhere is attempting to mitigate our footprint on the land. Read More »

  • Reflections on Roadkill

    November 2nd 2017
    Interesting article! I am very aware and saddened by the roadkill that I encounter on the highways of VT and elsewhere. I was so stuck by the sheer number of deer that were killed on… Read More »