Vermont FWB Cancels Deer Regulation Meetings

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The Vermont Fish & Wildlife Board has announced that four public meetings to discuss deer hunting previously scheduled for June have been cancelled. The Board cancelled meetings in Lyndonville, White River Junction, St. Albans, and Rutland to discuss a proposal to hold an early four day muzzleloader deer hunt in October.

The Board voted to rescind the proposed rule related to an October muzzleloader season in light the Fish & Wildlife Department's forthcoming draft 10-Year Big Game Management Plan that will examine a variety of options for future hunting seasons. As a part of the process, the department will be taking public input on this and other potential changes in managing turkey, white-tailed deer, moose and black bear programs from 2010-2020.

The draft plan will be available for public comment in late June on Vermont Fish & Wildlife's website The department will also be holding two public meetings in July to discuss the draft plan. The two meetings will be held in the north-central and southern regions of the state in July. The Big Game Management Plan will be completed and in place in September of 2009.