Vermont's Big Game Management Plan Available for Review

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Vermont's draft Big Game Management Plan for 2010-2020 is available for public review. The Plan will provide management goals and activities for the Vermont Fish & Wildlife Department to follow in managing Vermont's deer, moose, black bear, and wild turkey populations in the next decade.

The draft 2010-2020 Big Game Management Plan is available on Fish & Wildlife's website (www.vtfishandwildlife.com).

"This is the culmination of public survey data, biological data, public input meetings, and department thinking about managing these four very important big game species for the people of Vermont," said State Wildlife Biologist John Buck.

"It is being made available for public review so you will have a chance to offer comments and suggestions about the Plan," he added. "It is our goal to have the plan finalized by September 30, and begin implementation on January 1, 2010."

Two "open house" public meetings have been scheduled for discussion of the draft plan and to receive comments and suggestions. One will be Monday, July 20, at 7:00 p.m. in the Montpelier High School cafeteria. The other will be at 7:00 p.m. Wednesday, July 22, in the Rutland High School cafeteria.

You also can provide comments and suggestions in writing by July 31, 2009, either on the department's website, or by U.S. mail to:

John Buck -- Big Game Plan
Vermont Fish & Wildlife Department
103 South Main Street, 10 South
Waterbury, VT 05671-0501