Vermont Muzzleloader Deer Season Days Away

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Vermont's muzzleloader deer season and the second part of the archery deer season are December 5-13 this year. Hunters are reporting seeing more large, older bucks due to the antler restriction that began in 2005.

A legal buck must have at least one antler with two or more points one inch or longer. The main antler beam counts as one point.

Vermont hunters may take up to three deer in a calendar year with appropriate licenses and permits. The annual limit may be achieved in any combination of seasons (Archery, Youth Weekend, November Rifle Season, December Muzzleloader), but only two may be legal bucks, and only one buck is allowed per season. All three deer in the annual bag limit may be antlerless deer.

Antlerless deer permits are still available for muzzleloader hunting in 2009 in management units of southwestern and central-western Vermont. These can be purchased from the Fish and Wildlife Department's website if a hunter does not already have an antlerless deer permit. When an antlerless deer permit is filled during the muzzleloader season, the hunter can obtain another permit if he or she has not yet taken three deer in 2009.