Vermont Muzzleloader and 2nd Archery Season Opens Dec. 2nd

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Hunters have good reason to be excited about Vermont's muzzleloader deer season and the second part of the archery deer season, both occurring December 4-12 this year. Hunters participating in the rifle season that ends November 28 are taking many older, larger bucks due to the antler restriction that began in 2005.

A legal buck must have at least one antler with two or more points one inch or longer. The main antler beam counts as one point, regardless of length.

Vermont hunters may take up to three deer in a calendar year with appropriate licenses and permits. The annual limit may be achieved in any combination of seasons (Archery, Youth Weekend, November Rifle Season, December Muzzleloader). Only two of the three deer in the annual limit may be legal bucks, and only one legal buck is allowed per hunting season. All three deer in the annual bag limit may be antlerless deer.

Antlerless deer permits are still available for muzzleloader hunting in 2010 in several western Vermont Wildlife Management Units. These can be purchased from the Fish and Wildlife Department's website if a hunter does not already have an antlerless deer permit. When an antlerless deer permit is filled during the muzzleloader season, the hunter can obtain another permit if he or she has not yet taken three deer in 2010.