Archery Deer Hunting Starts Oct. 1

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"If you are a Vermont deer hunter," be sure to get a copy of this year's deer hunting regulations, "Vermont Deer Hunting 2005," available at license at license agents statewide.

Vermont Deer Hunting 2005 is a supplement to the 2005 Vermont Digest of Hunting, Fishing & Trapping Laws. A printable version is also available on the Vermont Fish & Wildlife Department's website (www.vtfishandwildlife.com).

The Vermont Legislature suspended deer hunting laws last winter and delegated the authority to change deer hunting rules to the Fish & Wildlife Board. The Board finalized the rules recently, the last of which became effective on September 2nd.

Below are the rules for archery season, which starts October 1.

Archery Deer Season

Open season: October 1-23 and December 3-11, 2005 Limit: One legal buck and one antlerless deer in authorized WMUs only.

During this season, hunters may take one legal buck with one antler having two or more points anywhere in the state. In addition, one antlerless deer (a deer without antlers or with antlers less than three inches) 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-Q. The hunter must use archery licenses to tag these deer. Caution: Spike bucks may not be taken during this season so they may grow to at least 2 ½ years of age.