Antlerless Deer Hunting Lottery

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Vermont's antlerless deer hunting lottery applications for the muzzleloader season are now available on the Fish & Wildlife Department's website and at license agents statewide.

An "antlerless deer" is defined as a deer without antlers or with antlers less than three inches long.

A hunter who wins an antlerless deer permit in the lottery may take one antlerless deer by muzzleloader during the December 2 - 10 muzzleloader season. Antlerless deer permit applications are now available on the Vermont Fish & Wildlife Department's website (www.vtfishandwildlife.com). Go to 'Hunting and Trapping' and click on Lottery Applications.

The wildlife management units (WMUs) that will have muzzleloader antlerless permits this year are A, B, F1, F2, J2, K1, M2, O2, Q, and N. The 9,150 muzzleloader antlerless permits being issued are expected to net a harvest of just over 1,870 deer.

Hunters have until 4:30 p.m., Friday, August 18 to make sure their lottery application is delivered to the Waterbury Fish & Wildlife office. The cost is $10 for residents and $25 for nonresidents. A person may submit only one application.

During the October 7-29 and December 2-10 archery season, hunters may take a legal buck with one antler having two or more points anywhere in the state. In addition, one antlerless deer may be taken by bow and arrow during the archery season in the following WMUs: A-B-C-F1-F2-G-H1-J1-J2-K1-K2-M2-N-02-P-Q. The hunter must use archery licenses to tag these deer.

During Youth Deer Hunting Weekend, a youth with a Youth Deer Hunting tag may take one deer of either sex anywhere in the state with landowner permission. No antler restrictions apply for Youth Deer Hunting Weekend, which is November 4-5 this year.

Vermont has an annual limit of two deer per hunter per year.