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Vermont Proposes 2018 Antlerless Deer Harvest Similar to Last Year


Submitted by:  Backcountry Press Outdoor News
Posted on: 05/11/18
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Vermont is recommending an antlerless deer harvest this year that is very similar to what was recommended in 2017,” said Nick Fortin, deer project leader for the Fish & Wildlife Department.

“Three consecutive mild to moderate winters have allowed for deer population growth throughout Vermont, and deer populations in some areas now exceed established objectives. 

The recommendation is intended to reduce deer numbers in those areas while stabilizing populations in other areas.”

Hunting for antlerless deer is proposed statewide for the October 6-7, November 2 and December 1-9 archery season.  Last year, hunters took 2,649 antlerless deer during the archery season.

One deer of either sex would be allowed for youths during the November 3-4 youth weekend hunt.  Youths took 866 antlerless deer during the 2017 youth weekend hunt.

The December 1-9 muzzleloader season would have 27,000 antlerless permits distributed in 18 of Vermont’s 21 Wildlife management Units (WMU), which is estimated to result in 3,914 antlerless deer being taken.

The antlerless deer hunting proposal for 2018 and the Fish & Wildlife Board’s recommended permits by each WMU are on Vermont Fish & Wildlife’s website (www.vtfishandwildlife.com) under “Board Rules.” 

Public comments on the proposal may be emailed to ANR.FWPublicComment@Vermont.Gov by May 22, 2018. 

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Vermont Proposes 2018 Antlerless Deer Harvest Similar to Last Year