When the idea of a feature story on water skiing was pitched, my first inclination was to keep my head down and avoid eye contact with the editor because it sounded like one of those “learn by doing it” stories.

A kid’s first hunt can mark the beginning of a lifelong passion for the outdoors and a commitment to wildlife conservation. There is no finer time to begin this journey than during Vermont’s upcoming youth waterfowl hunting weekend on Sept. 28-29.

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The Waterbury Stowe Fish and Game Club opened its rifle range to the public during an event for anyone curious about the basics of firearms safety and rifle shooting; all participants were instructed and coached with individual supervision.

The health of Vermont’s precious resource, Lake Champlain, is much on our minds these perfect summer days. Recently, a group from Wake Robin boarded the UVM research vessel Melosira to get a better understanding of both the lake’s composition and its problems.

Each year, Steve Parren gets contacted about pet turtles people no longer want. Some grow too large. Others require more complicated care than owners realize — turtles kept indoors require full-spectrum lighting for healthy shell development.

Wild turkeys are found throughout most of Vermont, but their reproductive success is monitored annually by the Vermont Fish & Wildlife Department with help from “citizen scientists” who report the number and size of turkey families they see during August.

Find things to do this week in Stowe, Waterbury, Morrisville and across the county: community, exhibits, film and theater, kid-friendly, meetings, music and nightlife, sports and outdoors, talks, workshops and more.

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