Deer Permit Applications Available

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Antlerless deer permit applications for Vermont?s December 7-15 muzzleloader season are now available on the Vermont Fish & Wildlife Department's website (www.vtfishandwildlife.com). The department put them on the web as pdf files, which can be printed, filled out and sent in with a check.

Standard printed copies of the applications should be available in mid-August at license agents throughout the state and from Vermont Fish & Wildlife Department offices in St. Johnsbury, Springfield, Essex, Barre, Pittsford, and Waterbury.

"This year's permit total is 25 percent lower statewide than last year," says wildlife biologist John Buck. "We felt it necessary to reduce the number of permits in most wildlife management units due to winter-related losses of deer in 2000-2001. Permit numbers in the southern four management units and Grand Isle were increased or reduced only slightly. Ten of Vermont's 24 wildlife management units will have no antlerless permits this year."

The 9,778 muzzleloader permits being issued are expected to net a harvest of about 1,760 of the 5,100 antlerless deer recommended to be taken.

"It is very important," says Buck, "to keep the deer population in balance with its habitat. This hunting effort combined with the harvest from the other deer seasons is in keeping with Vermont's deer management plan to maintain the state's deer population between 140,000 and 150,000 animals."

Hunters have until Friday, September 20, to postmark their application. The cost is $10 for residents and $25 for nonresidents. Only one application per person is permitted.