Vermont Hunting News

Vermont Archery Deer Season Starts Oct. 1

Hunters are enthusiastic about Vermont’s upcoming October 1-23 and December 3-11 archery deer hunting season, according to the Vermont Fish and Wildlife Department.

New in 2011, a hunter may take up to three deer in Vermont’s archery season with three archery licenses. No more than one of the deer taken during archery season may be a legal buck. No antlerless deer may be taken in Wildlife Management Unit (WMU) E, where antlerless deer hunting is prohibited in 2011.

Vermont Bear Season Set to Begin - Sept. 1st

Vermont's bear hunting season is September 1- November 16 this year.

Vermont's bear population is now estimated at slightly more than 6,000 black bears, according to the Vermont Fish and Wildlife Department. The number of bears has increased during the last two decades and is now higher than the objective of 4,500-6,000 bears listed in Vermont's Big Game Management Plan for 2010-2020.

Vermont 5th Annual Turkey Brood Survey Began August 1st

The Vermont Fish and Wildlife Department’s fifth annual on-line wild turkey brood survey with input from the public begins on August 1.

"If you see wild turkeys in August, please help us by reporting your sightings in the online turkey brood survey," said Director of Wildlife Mark Scott. "The data you provide will help answer questions concerning the impacts of winter and spring weather on the survival of poults and adult turkeys and help us learn about survival of young."

Vermont Hunter Education Instructor Training Workshops

There is no more powerful way to give back to what you love than with a gift of your time. If you love to hunt in Vermont, there are few better ways of giving your time than becoming a volunteer hunter education instructor.

Friday, June 3rd - Deadline for Vermont Moose Applications

This Friday, June 3, is the deadline for hunters to submit their Vermont moose hunting permit applications. The applications are available online and printed applications are at Vermont license agents statewide.

Lottery applications are $10 for residents and $25 for nonresidents. Winners of the permit lottery will purchase resident hunting permits for $100 and nonresident hunting permits for $350.

Vermont Youth Hunter Training Day, May 21st

Young hunters who would like to improve their knowledge and skills have a golden opportunity to do so by learning from the experts on Saturday, May 21, in Castleton.

The "NRA Youth Hunter Education Challenge," offered by the Vermont Fish and Wildlife Department, Friends of the National Rifle Association and the Vermont Bearhound Association, is a free, daylong event for young hunters to practice their skills in firearms, archery and land navigation. Participants will receive instruction while working their way through stations to improve their knowledge and skills.

Vermont Moose Application Deadline, June 3rd

Vermont moose hunting permit applications are available on the Vermont Fish and Wildlife Department's website, and printed applications are at Vermont license agents statewide. Hunters have until June 3, to apply this year.

Vermont to Discuss Moose Hunting Permit Allocations

The Vermont Fish and Wildlife Board will hold two public hearings next week to discuss the 2011 allocation of moose hunting permits.

The meetings will be held Monday, May 2, at the Brighton Town Hall, 49 Mill Street Extension, in Island Pond and Thursday, May 5 in the Spaulding High School auditorium, 155 Ayers Street, in Barre. Both hearings start at 7 p.m.

Vermont FWD to Sponsor Turkey Field Day and Calling Seminar

The Fly Rod Shop in Stowe will hold its 4th Annual Turkey Hunting Field Day and Calling Seminar on April 17th from 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.

Vermont's Deer Wintering Area Mapping - Updated and Improved

Vermont's deer wintering areas are crucial to the survival of deer, especially during extended cold weather and deep snow. Knowing the location of these areas is essential in planning for their conservation and management.

"The Vermont Fish and Wildlife Department is pleased to announce that it has updated and improved the mapping of deer winter areas for the entire state using sophisticated Geographic Information System (GIS) technology and aerial photography," said Everett Marshall, the department's database biologist.