November Deer Season Starts the 16th

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Vermont deer hunters are looking forward to another November deer hunting season, which starts November 16 and continues through December 1.

Last year, 80,333 residents and 15,435 nonresidents bought hunting licenses with buck tags, and 7,437 of them bagged a buck.

Wearing fluorescent orange clothing is highly recommended while hunting, according to the Fish & Wildlife Department.

"A fluorescent orange hat and vest will provide basic coverage in most situations," said Eric Nuse, hunter education officer. "We highly recommend hunters wear orange in order to prevent mistaken for game accidents from occurring."

"The greatest number of deer tend to be found in the southwest, southeast, east-central and northwestern regions of the state," says Wildlife Biologist John Buck. "The biggest bucks hang out in the Northeast Kingdom and in Green Mountain Range running up the center of the state."

Vermont's deer population is estimated at 130,000 to 140,000 deer this year.

A hunting license costs $16.00 for residents and $85.00 for nonresidents. Licenses are available from close to 500 locations statewide.

Planning for your hunt is a great way to ensure it is enjoyable, and it boosts your chances of seeing more deer. To help in planning a successful Vermont deer hunt, be sure to obtain copies of the 2002 Digest of Hunting, Fishing & Trapping Laws, the Hunting Guide Map and last year's report on deer hunting season - all available from the Vermont Fish & Wildlife Department, 103 South Main Street, Waterbury, VT 05671-0501. Tel 802-241-3700. Email: ([email protected]).

To check on the latest Vermont hunting conditions and hunting season news, call Vermont Fish & Wildlife's new toll-free hunter information line 1-800-718-HUNT. When hunters call the 800 number they may choose between several pre-recorded information options that are updated weekly.