November Deer Check Stations

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If you are a Vermont deer hunter, you probably care a lot about how Vermont’s deer herd is managed and you likely would help in managing the herd if you could. Now, you have that chance – on opening weekend of the rifle season.

Vermont wildlife biologists will be operating biological deer check stations at 17 locations on opening weekend of the rifle season, November 15 and 16. If you do get a buck, it’s a great opportunity to get your deer weighed, aged and to have it examined by a professional. The biological information collected will contribute to a better understanding of the physical condition of Vermont deer regionally, which in turn will influence future deer management decisions.

“Vermont hunters have always been interested in sound conservation, and they have been an integral part of managing the deer herd,” said Tom Decker, Vermont’s director of wildlife. “We encourage hunters to bring their bucks into these biological check stations so we can monitor how well deer are doing throughout the state. They will go home knowing the accurate weight and age of their deer and that they have contributed valuable data to Vermont’s wildlife conservation efforts.”

All of the biological check stations listed below will be open from 9:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. on November 15 and 16: Barre, R&L Archery; Bennington, Marty's Sports; Benson, General Store; East Corinth, General Store; Eden Mills, Cloutier’s Market; Guilford, General Store; Hardwick, Rite-Way Sports; Hinesburg, Estey Hardware; Island Pond, Northern Wildlife Sports; Jericho, General Store; Lyndonville, Village Sports Shop; Middlebury, Vermont Field Sports; Pittsford, Keith’s Country Store; Randolph, Tewksbury's Store; Swanton, St. Marie's Store; Springfield, Fire Station; White River, Steve's Auto.