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F&W BOARD STARTS HUNTING RULE CHANGE PROCESS for VT Plea

F&W Board Starts Hunting Rule Change Process

For Immediate Release: December 3, 2004
Media Contact: Craig McLaughlin 802-241-3700
F&W BOARD STARTS HUNTING RULE CHANGE PROCESS

WATERBURY, VT  Vermont would have different deer hunting rules in 2005 if a proposed regulation now being considered by the Vermont Fish & Wildlife Board is approved.

The Board voted on December 1, giving preliminary approval to a proposed deer hunting regulation that would protect bucks with spike antlers in three of the states 24 wildlife management units and reduce the number of bucks that can be taken by an individual from three to one statewide.

Archery and muzzleloader seasons would remain unchanged, according to the proposal. The two-part archery season would include 23 days beginning the first Saturday in October and be concurrent with the muzzleloader season at nine days beginning the first Saturday after the end of the November deer season. The annual limit on the number of deer that may be taken would remain at three. Youth deer hunting weekend rules would remain unchanged but the young hunters would only be able to take one buck with at least one antler three inches or longer per year.

The three proposed experimental wildlife management units (WMUs) where yearling bucks would receive protection are B in the northwest, J1 in south-central, and K2 in the southwestern part of the state. A map of Vermonts WMUs can be found in the Digest of Hunting, Fishing and Trapping Laws and on Vermont Fish & Wildlifes website (http://www.vtfishandwildlife.com).

We appreciate that Legislature has given the Fish & Wildlife Department and the Board an opportunity to better manage Vermonts deer herd, said Fish & Wildlife Commissioner Wayne Laroche. Vermont has always allowed bucks with one antler three inches or longer to be shot. Increasing that minimum antler restriction in WMUs B, J1 and K2 to allow bucks to live longer is an experiment. It will test antler restriction under Vermont conditions as a method for changing the age structure of the buck population and whether having more older bucks in the population will result in greater hunter satisfaction  something many hunters have advocated for several years.

Other states are experimenting with managing their deer herds in a similar manner. Hunters are aware of this and want to see similar changes in deer management here in Vermont.

At least four public hearings may be held around the state later this winter. The proposed regulation could change after public input is considered, and it is scheduled to become effective next spring after the Board votes two more times.

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For Further Information please contact: Craig McLaughlin at 802-241-3700 or email to craig.mclaughlin@anr.state.vt.us

Wey
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Please Take Time To read This !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

And Please send Your Comments I wrote to Him , And asked about a Online Survey , Or Just a Email Forum to See that Everyone That can't make There Meetings atleast can Express there Opinions .Please Help me with this .I know it is hard for me to make all these Meetings , Please Help out and you can do it from the Comfort of your Own Home . Thanks for your Time Talk it People send it to your Friends and all .Thanks Hunter in Vermont

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F&W BOARD STARTS HUNTING RULE CHANGE PROCESS for VT Plea

Wey,
thanks i've been waiting to see this info. had heard about it - but it sounded much worse then is in your post. but second -third hand doesnt always match up. The online survey does sound like a great idea, 3 meetings for me and wrk would be rough. Thnks for info.

Wey
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Thanks for The Reply

We Just need to Write to Him so that he see's that is important for all of us to be Heard . I think I'm the only one that has wrote to him. I think it would be a great Idea for Everyone to Write expressing a Online survey or a Letter of what we think. I hope That we can get the Deer Herd back to the way it was in the 70's when I 1st started .40-50 deer a day I used to see when I 1st started . It was awesome walking through the woods . Thanks talk this up , Send it to friends anyone That you know is a Hunter I'm sure we will all atleast get heard ,Thanks Wey lol

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