Vermont's Muzzleloader Deer Permits Available

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Vermont's antlerless deer hunting lottery applications for the muzzleloader season are available on the Fish & Wildlife Department's website, at Fish & Wildlife district offices, and at license agents statewide. Sixteen of Vermont's 24 Wildlife Management Units (WMUs) will receive permits this year as a result of a proposed regulation voted on by the Fish & Wildlife Board at their June meeting.

Applications may be submitted on-line with a credit or debit card payment, or printed, filled out, and mailed in with a check. On-line applications are found at (www.vtfishandwildlife.com). Go to "Hunting and Trapping" and click on Lottery Applications.

The permits are only for "antlerless deer," which is defined as deer without antlers or with antlers less than three inches long.

A hunter who wins an antlerless deer permit in the lottery may take one antlerless deer by muzzleloader during the December 5-13, 2009 muzzleloader season in the wildlife management unit (WMU) designated on the permit.

The WMUs proposed to have muzzleloader antlerless permits this year are A, B, C, D1, F1, F2, H1, H2, J1, J2, K1, K2, M2, N, O2, and Q. The 23,725 muzzleloader antlerless permits proposed will help slow the growth of the deer population in these units and are expected to net a harvest of about 4,200 deer.

Applications must be postmarked no later than August 27, 2009, or delivered in the Waterbury Fish & Wildlife office by 4:30 p.m. on August 27, 2009. On-line applications will be accepted until midnight of August 27, 2009.

The cost to apply is $10 for residents and $25 for nonresidents. A person may submit only one application.