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I used to Hunt near SugarBush. We stopped going due to decreasing deer population. We were in Roxbury on tracy hill. When we first started going used to see deer every day, even during Turkey season. Last few times nothing, no kills or even sightings. Not sure what happened. I may go back this year and see if anything has improved.

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I have been hunting the firearms seasons for deer in Vermont since 1951. I got my first buck in VT in 1955 and bought a 'camp' there in 1964 which I still own.

The 'camp' is in the hills of Southern VT. The deer population in that area dropped in the 1980's and has not recovered. I think that the primary reason for that is the abandoned farms that sparked the great deer population increase after the war have now grown in and become mature forests with far less food.

Back in the 50's and 60's it was not that difficult to see at least a spike horn if you really got out there and worked at it. Now the law reads that spike horns are no longer even legal and the buck has to be a fork horn!

We will go through the motions there the first weekend but then do our venison gathering in CT where there are far more deer if you can get permission on private land.

I thought that VT's buck season always opened on the second Saturday in Nov?

Now it reads Nov. 15?

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I have been hunting the firearms seasons for deer in Vermont since 1951. I got my first buck in VT in 1955 and bought a 'camp' there in 1964 which I still own.

The 'camp' is in the hills of Southern VT. The deer population in that area dropped in the 1980's and has not recovered. I think that the primary reason for that is the abandoned farms that sparked the great deer population increase after the war have now grown in and become mature forests with far less food.

Back in the 50's and 60's it was not that difficult to see at least a spike horn if you really got out there and worked at it. Now the law reads that spike horns are no longer even legal and the buck has to be a fork horn!

We will go through the motions there the first weekend but then do our venison gathering in CT where there are far more deer if you can get permission on private land.

I thought that VT's buck season always opened on the second Saturday in Nov?

Now it reads Nov. 15?

I hunted the Arlington/Sandgate area a few times. Is your camp in that area?

The season in Vermont is always fixed on Thanksgiving, not on which Saturday it is. It's always 16 days, ending the Sunday after Thanksgiving. That's on the 27th this year, so that makes hunting the 15th.... I'm flying in for 3 days of hunting. Better than nothing.... cool

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Thanks for refreshing my memory on how the VT buck rifle season is scheduled.

My camp is in the hills near Stratton.

Long ago I saw a mountain lion when hunting just to the east of Bennington.

I had my sporterized P17 30-06 and it was not far away walking on the other side of a stone wall. When it got to a very large maple it split off using the tree for cover. That was way back around 1955 and they were not protected then.

I was just a kid and slow on the reaction and I never fired a shot.

We used to hunt the farms to the north of Manchester and did well but we lost permission there.

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