Fish & Wildlife Board Changes Deer Rule

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The Vermont Fish & Wildlife Board made changes to the proposed 2005 deer hunting regulations during a special meeting held Wednesday, June 1.

The board changed the annual limit of deer to two, both of which may be a buck. They placed a statewide antler restriction that defines a legal buck as a deer with at least one antler with two or more points. A point must measure at least one inch from base to tip to be legal. And, archery hunters may take an antlerless deer during the archery season without a permit, but only in the Wildlife Management Units open for antlerless harvest, as determined by the board.

The board will review the antlerless deer hunting rule to determine which WMUs will be open for antlerless harvest. Permits will still be issued for antlerless hunting. The current proposed antlerless rule would issue 16,634 permits to have 3,547 antlerless deer harvested. The permits would be issued in 13 of the 24 WMUs.

The Legislative Committee on Administrative Rules will review the new deer management rule on June 9, followed by a third vote by the board. The next board meeting is scheduled for June 15.

The proposed 2005 deer management rule and the antlerless deer hunting rule will be posted on the Vermont Fish & Wildlife website:www.vtfishandwildlife.com. Click on Law Enforcement and choose Rules & Proposed Rules from the drop-down menu.