Archery Deer Season Starts Oct. 4th

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Hunters can expect to see plenty of deer in Vermont's two-part archery deer hunting season according to the Vermont Fish & Wildlife Department. Season dates are October 4 - 26 and December 6 - 14.

Two archery licenses are allowed and two deer may be taken anywhere in the state, but only one may have antlers three inches or longer.

In order to purchase an archery license, the hunter must show a certificate of satisfactorily completing a bow hunter education course, or show a previous or current bow hunting license from any state or Canadian province, or sign an affidavit that they have previously held an archery license.

Hunters must have an archery deer hunting license in addition to their standard hunting license, except that nonresidents may purchase a "limited archery license" costing $50. Regular archery licenses are $17 for residents and $25 for nonresidents.

Shooting hours are one-half hour before sunrise to one-half hour after sunset.

Tree stands and ground blinds may only be built or used if the hunter has landowner permission. This includes portable as well as permanent stands and blinds. A hunter constructing or using a stand or blind must permanently mark his or her name and address on it so that it may be conveniently and easily read. Landowners are exempted from this requirement.

On Vermont State Wildlife Management Areas, no nails, bolts or screws, including screw-in climbing steps, or wire, chain or other material that penetrates through the bark may be used.

Because additional restrictions apply, hunters are urged to read the entire law governing the use of stands and blinds on page 30 of the "2003 Vermont Digest of Hunting, Fishing and Trapping Laws," available where licenses are sold.

Hunters must be at least ten feet from the traveled portion of the road before shooting in all Vermont hunting seasons.

Hunters who are planning their first Vermont archery deer hunting trip or who are looking for new hunting areas should get a copy of the "2002 Vermont Deer Hunting Seasons Report," which gives the number of deer taken in each town in archery, rifle and muzzleloader deer hunting seasons. The report is available on Fish & Wildlife’s website ( and from the Vermont Fish & Wildlife Department, 103 South Main Street, Waterbury, VT 05671-0501. Telephone (802) 241-3700.