Muzzleloader Season Deer Permit Applications Available

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Antlerless deer permit applications for Vermont's December 4-12 muzzleloader season are now available on the Vermont Fish & Wildlife Department's website ( and at license agents.

"This year's permit total is 38 percent lower statewide than last year," says wildlife biologist John Buck. "We felt it necessary to further reduce the number of permits due to lingering winter-related losses of deer during the winters of 2001 and 2003."

The wildlife management units that will have muzzleloader antlerless permits this year are A,B,F1,F2,H2,O2, and Q.

The 4,814 muzzleloader antlerless permits being issued are expected to net a harvest of 825 deer.

"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 allow for sufficient deer for recreational hunting while preventing the state's deer population from exceeding 150,000 animals."

Hunters have until Friday, September 17, to postmark their application. The cost is $10 for residents and $25 for nonresidents. Only one application per person is permitted.