Deer Season Report Available

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If you have an interest in Vermont's white-tailed deer you will want to attend one of the upcoming public meetings being held by the Vermont Fish & Wildlife Department to discuss the deer herd. But before you do, you may want to read the report on 2005 deer hunting season results.

A printable copy of the report is available on Fish & Wildlife's website at (www.vtfishandwildlife.com). Under "Hunting and Trapping," click on "Big Game," and look for the "2005 Deer Seasons Report."

Hunters took 8,546 deer in Vermont's 2005 deer hunting seasons, with 4,956 being adult bucks, 2,734 adult does, and 856 fawns.

A new regulation requiring that bucks have at least one antler with two or more points resulted in the number of yearling bucks taken being reduced from 4,512 or 59 percent in 2004 to 2,180 or 44 percent in 2005. This change is designed to increase the number of older bucks in the deer population.

In addition to the antler restriction, the three-deer annual limit was reduced to two, nine of the state's 24 Wildlife Management Units were closed to antlerless hunting except during the youth hunt, and baiting and feeding of deer were prohibited.

The first of six public meetings was held March 14 in Orleans with over 40 people attending.

Wildlife biologists provide information at the meetings on 2005 hunting season results as well as data gathered at biological check stations on antler measurements, ages and weights of deer taken. Winter severity data also will be reviewed. In addition, the biologists will be asking for input from hunters. Reports on the 2005 season results will be available at the meetings

The meetings begin at 7:00 p.m. and end at 8:30 p.m. as follows:

March 21 Springfield Riverside JHS Cafeteria

March 22 St Albans St Albans Education Center Cafeteria

March 23 Manchester Burr & Burton Seminary (HS) Cafeteria

March 27 Barre Spaulding HS Cafeteria March 29 Middlebury Middlebury UHS Cafeteria