Deer Permit Applications Deadline Nearing

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The deadline to apply for a Vermont muzzleloader season antlerless deer hunting permit is September 20, according to the Vermont Fish & Wildlife Department.

Applications for the December 7-15 season are available on the Vermont Fish & Wildlife Department's website ( and at license agents statewide. Although the instructions with the application indicate an earlier date, the department says hunters have until September 20.

"This year's permit total is 25 percent lower statewide than last year," says wildlife biologist John Buck. "We felt it necessary to reduce the number of permits in most wildlife management units due to winter-related losses of deer in 2000-2001. Permit numbers in the southern four management units and Grand Isle were increased or reduced only slightly. Ten of Vermont's 24 wildlife management units will have no antlerless permits this year."

The 9,778 muzzleloader permits being issued are expected to net a harvest of about 1,760 of the 5,100 antlerless deer recommended to be taken.

"It is very important," says Buck, "to keep the deer population in balance with its habitat. This hunting effort combined with the harvest from the other deer seasons is in keeping with Vermont's deer management plan to maintain the state's deer population between 140,000 and 150,000 animals."

Hunters have until Friday, September 20, to postmark their application. The cost is $10 for residents and $25 for nonresidents. Only one application per person is permitted.