Biological Deer Check Stations Open Nov. 5-6 in Vermont

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The Vermont Fish and Wildlife Department will be collecting information on the age and health of Vermont deer at 24 biological deer check stations on Vermont’s Youth Deer Hunting Weekend, November 5 and 6.

“Examining deer during the Youth Deer Hunting Weekend allows us to get a good look at the yearling buck population because spike bucks may be taken,” said Mark Scott, Vermont’s director of wildlife. “It is important to have yearling buck data that can be compared to information from earlier years. Data from the does and fawns taken by youths also will be helpful.”

“It’s a great opportunity to get your deer weighed, aged and have it examined by a state wildlife biologist,” added Scott. “The information collected will help biologists assess the physical condition of Vermont’s deer, and the data about the animal’s age, weight and antler development will help with future deer management decisions.”

All of the biological check stations listed below will be open from 9:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. on November 5 and 6: Barre, R & L Archery; Bakersfield, Bakersfield Village Store; Eden Mills, Ingall’s Market & Deli; Jericho, General Store; Pittsford, Keith’s Country Store; Pawlet, Mach’s General Store; Bennington, Marty’s Sports & Gunsmithing; North Hartland, Steve’s Bait Shop; Island Pond, Northern Wildlife; Danby, Otter Creek Campground; Hardwick, Riteway Sports; Swanton, St. Marie’s; Springfield, Fire Department; Randolph Center, Floyd’s General Store; Middlebury, Vermont Field Sports; Bradford, Bradford Bottle Shoppe; Derby, Wright’s Enterprises; West Barnet, West Barnet Quick Stop; Concord, Barnie’s Market; Waitsfield, Village Grocery; Stowe, Fly Rod Shop; Irasburg, Bob’s Quick Stop; Brattleboro, Paradise Farm Sugarhouse; Orwell, Lake Hortonia Country Store.

Vermont’s big game reporting stations are shown on a map on Fish and Wildlife’s website ( under “Hunting and Trapping.”


numbnutz's picture

I agree that the data

I agree that the data collected at these check stations are very important to determine to overall health of the deer herd. Also I aree with Retired on this one. The check sations need to be open later in the evening and night due to the simple fact that hunters don't get out of the field untill after dark in most cases. If a hunter shoots a deer right at last light he has to give the deer time to expire and then track and field dress the animal so now after all this we are in the late hours of 9-10pm. There are also cases of hunters having to leave the game over night and contiune the tracking the next day. If they want the data and make it mandatory to check the deer in then they need to be for flexible with the hours of opperation.

Retired2hunt's picture

  Again my opinion is that if


Again my opinion is that if you want to collect data via the check stations then they need to be open past 6pm - past 7pm - past 8pm - past 9pm.  Hunters do not come out of the woods or fields immediately after their harvest.  If more data is wanted then the check stations need to stay open well after 6pm or else you are eliminating about 25% to 30% of the harvest associated with the evening hunts.

Kudos on the youth hunt as that is only in the best interest of the state.

If you want more data or the best amount of data then have the state officials work the stations for the full allotted timeframe.