Vermont Hunting News

Biological Deer Check Stations are Open This Weekend in Vermont

The Vermont Fish and Wildlife Department will be collecting information on the age and health of deer at 24 biological deer check stations during Vermont’s youth deer hunt this weekend, November 5 and 6.

“Examining deer during the Youth Deer Hunting Weekend allows us to get a good look at the yearling buck population because spike bucks may be taken,” said Mark Scott, Vermont’s director of wildlife. “It is important to have yearling buck data that can be compared to information from earlier years. Data from the does and fawns taken by youths also will be helpful.”

Tips From Vermont F&W for Hunting Mentors

Tips from Vt F&W for Hunting Mentors

A youngster’s first deer hunt can mark the beginning of a lifelong passion for the outdoors and a commitment to wildlife conservation. To make the most of the upcoming Youth Deer Weekend, the Vermont Fish and Wildlife Department offers these tips to mentors:

Vermont Moose Hunters Had a Successful Season

Vermont moose hunters had a successful hunting season according to the Vermont Fish and Wildlife Department. A new archery moose hunt was held October 1-7, and the regular moose hunting season was October 15-20.

Vermont Deer Hunters Look Forward to November, December Deer Seasons

Vermont hunters are looking forward to deer seasons coming in November and December -- and with good reason, according to the Vermont Fish and Wildlife Department. Vermont has more older, bigger bucks after a regulation was enacted in 2005, protecting many yearling bucks.

Hunters Spend $189 Million in Vermont

The Vermont Fish and Wildlife Department reports that hunters spend more than $189 million in Vermont annually according to a survey by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service and U.S. Census Bureau.

“More than $20 million of that is trip-related, such as food, lodging, transportation, and related costs,” says Fish and Wildlife Commissioner Patrick Berry. “Another $151 million is spent on equipment, and more than $17 million is spent on other items.”

Biological Deer Check Stations Open Nov. 5-6 in Vermont

The Vermont Fish and Wildlife Department will be collecting information on the age and health of Vermont deer at 24 biological deer check stations on Vermont’s Youth Deer Hunting Weekend, November 5 and 6.

“Examining deer during the Youth Deer Hunting Weekend allows us to get a good look at the yearling buck population because spike bucks may be taken,” said Mark Scott, Vermont’s director of wildlife. “It is important to have yearling buck data that can be compared to information from earlier years. Data from the does and fawns taken by youths also will be helpful.”

Vermont Youth Deer Hunt Weekend is Nov. 5-6

Vermont’s youth deer hunting weekend is November 5-6 this year, the Saturday and Sunday before the rifle season opens.

“Vermont’s special youth deer hunting weekend helps to ensure that young hunters get the quality training and experiences they need for lifelong participation,” said Fish and Wildlife Hunter Education Coordinator Chris Saunders.

Anyone, resident or nonresident, who is 15 years old or younger on the weekend of the hunt and who has successfully completed a hunter safety course may purchase a hunting license and obtain a free youth deer hunting tag.

Vermont Muzzleloader Antlerless Deer Permit Winners Announced

The winners of Vermont’s muzzleloader season antlerless deer permits are listed on the Vermont Fish and Wildlife Department’s website (vtfishandwildlife.com).

Vermont F&W Urges Hunters to Help Keep Deer Healthy

The Vermont Fish and Wildlife Department is asking hunters to help protect Vermont deer and moose by avoiding the use of urine-based attractant scents.

Vermont Seminar on Rabbit Hunting with Beagles, Sept. 18

Vermont’s longest hunting season is for snowshoe hare and cottontail rabbits. It starts the last Saturday in September and ends the second Sunday in March. If you would like to learn more about it, plan on attending a seminar offered by the Vermont Fish and Wildlife Department’s Hunter Education Program and Joel Perrigo of Northfield on Sunday, September 18, in Hardwick.