Vermont 2006 Deer Season Report

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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 2006 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 '2006 Vermont White-tailed Deer Harvest Report.'

Vermont's 2006 deer hunting seasons were successful as indicated by several measures. The number of deer harvested in each deer season -- archery, youth, rifle and muzzleloader -- increased significantly over 2005. The total deer harvest increased 48% from 8,546 in 2005 to 12,682 in 2006. The antlered buck harvest in all seasons increased 58% from 4,956 in 2005 to 7,805 in 2006. Vermont hunters and game wardens reported seeing more deer in 2006 compared to 2005, and scientific hunter survey data also revealed an increase in deer sightings by hunters.

The meetings begin March 13 in Lyndonville.

Wildlife biologists will share information on 2006 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. The recent changes in hunting regulations designed to increase the number of older aged bucks are of particular interest.

Printed reports of the 2006 season results will be available at the meetings, all beginning at 7:00 p.m. and ending at 8:30 p.m.:

  • March 13 Lyndonville Lyndon Institute Auditorium
  • March 14 Bellow Falls Bellows Falls High School Cafeteria
  • March 15 St Albans St Albans Education Center Cafeteria
  • March 19 Rutland Rutland Middle School Cafeteria
  • March 20 East Montpelier U32 High School Auditorium