Vermont Archery Deer Season Begins Oct. 2nd

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Hunters are enthusiastic about Vermont's upcoming October 2-24 and December 4-12 archery deer hunting season, according to the Vermont Fish and Wildlife Department.

In Vermont a hunter may take up to three deer in a calendar year in any combination of seasons (Archery, Youth Weekend, November Rifle Season, December Muzzleloader). Of these, only two may be legal bucks, and only one buck may be taken in each season. A "legal buck" is a deer with at least one antler having two or more points one inch or longer. All three deer in the annual bag limit may be antlerless deer.

A hunter may take up to two deer in Vermont’s archery season with two archery licenses. Only one may be a legal buck, but both can be antlerless deer if hunting in any Wildlife Management Unit (WMU) except WMU-E, where antlerless deer hunting is prohibited in 2010.

In order to purchase an archery license, the hunter must show a certificate of satisfactorily completing a bow hunter education course, or show a previous or current bow hunting license from any state or Canadian province, or sign an affidavit that they have previously held an archery license.

Vermont's license fees are less than fees in many other states. Hunters must have a standard hunting license in order to purchase an add-on archery deer hunting license, except that nonresidents may purchase an "archery only license" costing just $60.

Shooting hours are one-half hour before sunrise to one-half hour after sunset.

Tree stands and ground blinds may only be built or used if the hunter has landowner permission. This includes portable as well as permanent stands and blinds. A hunter constructing or using a stand or blind must permanently mark his or her name and address on it so that it may be conveniently and easily read. Landowners are exempted from this requirement.

On Vermont State Wildlife Management Areas, it is illegal to use nails, bolts or screws, including screw-in climbing steps, or wire, chain or other material that penetrates through the bark.

Because additional restrictions apply, hunters are urged to read the entire law governing the use of stands and blinds on page 20 of the "2010 Vermont Guide to Hunting, Fishing & Trapping," which is available online and where licenses are sold.

Hunters who are planning their first Vermont archery deer hunting trip or who are looking for new hunting areas should get a copy of two publications, both available on Fish & Wildlife's website ( under Hunting & Trapping and then "Big Game." The 2009 White-tailed Deer Harvest Report, gives the number of deer taken in each town in archery, rifle and muzzleloader deer hunting seasons. "Vermont's Archery Deer Regulations 2010," provides the archery season regulations.

A Hunter Information Kit containing both reports and other information is available from the Vermont Fish and Wildlife Department, 103 South Main Street, Waterbury, VT 05671-0501. Telephone (802) 241-3700. Email them at [email protected].

Vermont hunting and archery licenses may be purchased on Fish and Wildlife's website