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October 22, 2015

Young Hunters Encouraged to Participate (and Report) in Youth Deer Hunt November 7 and 8

With youth deer weekend just around the corner, young hunters are encouraged to take to the field to hone their skills and to also help Fish & Wildlife biologists by reporting their deer at one of 23 biological reporting stations around the state.

Youth deer hunting weekend helps ensure that young hunters get the quality training they need for lifelong participation, and it also provides biological information needed to manage the herd into the future.

"Examining deer during the youth deer hunting weekend is our best opportunity to assess the deer herd because youth hunters are allowed to harvest any deer, including spike bucks," said Vermont Fish & Wildlife's deer project leader Nick Fortin. "The information collected will help biologists assess the physical condition of Vermont's deer, and data about age, weight and antler development will help guide future deer management decisions."

"Vermont hunters are very interested in the health of the deer herd," said Fortin. "We encourage hunters to bring their deer to one of these biological reporting stations. It's a great opportunity to get your deer weighed, aged and examined by a state wildlife biologist, and you will be directly contributing to deer management in Vermont."

The Vermont Fish & Wildlife Department will have personnel at the 23 biological reporting stations listed below between 9 a.m. and 8:30 p.m. for youth weekend, November 7 and 8. Along with having their deer examined and aged by a biologist, youth hunters visiting a biological reporting station will receive a youth hunter participation patch. Successful youth hunters will also receive a 2015 Vermont Hunter Cooperator Patch.

Anyone, resident or nonresident, who is 15 years old or younger on the weekend of the hunt and who has successfully completed a hunter education course must purchase a hunting license and obtain a free youth deer hunting tag. The requirements apply to all interested young hunters, including the children of landowners.

Additionally, the young hunter must be accompanied by an unarmed adult over 18 years of age who holds a Vermont hunting license. The adult may accompany up to two young hunters. The law requires the adult to have direct control and supervision of the young hunters, including the ability to see and communicate without the aid of artificial devices such as radios or binoculars.

Landowner permission is required in order to hunt on private land during the youth deer hunt weekend and youth are encouraged to secure permission well in advance.

The youth hunter may take one deer of either sex on youth deer weekend, and the antler restriction that applies in other deer seasons does not apply during youth deer weekend.

Violation of the youth deer hunting law can result in a doubled fine that is assessed against the adult who accompanies the youth.

The biological reporting stations listed below will be open from 9:00 a.m. to 8:30 p.m. on November 7 and 8:

Addison County

Buxton's Country Store: Orwell, Main Street, Orwell, VT 05760-0016

Vermont Field Sports: Middlebury, 1458 Route 7 South, Middlebury, VT 05753

Bennington County

Marty's Sports & Gunsmithing: Bennington, 1679 Harwood Hill Drive, Bennington, VT 05201

HN Williams Store: Dorset, 2732 Route 30, Dorset, VT 05251

Caledonia County

Riteway Sports: Hardwick, 241 Wolcott Street, Hardwick, VT 05843-1129

Chittenden County

Jericho General Store: Jericho, 53 VT Route 15, Jericho, VT 05465-0244

Essex County

Northern Wildlife: Island Pond, 550 East Charleston Road, Island Pond, VT 05846

Barnies Market: Concord, 166 Main Street, Concord, VT 05824-0254

Franklin County

West Enosburg Country Store: Enosburg Falls, 4582 E Sheldon Rd, Enosburg Falls, VT 05450

Ste Marie's: Swanton, 31 Grand Avenue, Swanton, VT 05488

Grand Isle County

A&B Beverage: Grand Isle, 193 US Route 2, Grand Isle, VT 05458

Lamoille County

Ingalls Market & Deli: Eden Mills, 4121 VT Route 100, Eden Mills, VT 05653

Orange County

Flanders Market: Chelsea, 359 VT Route 110, Chelsea, VT 05038

Ease Corinth General Store: East Corinth, 8392 Vermont 25, East Corinth, VT 05040

Orleans County

Bob's Quick Stop: Irasburg, 6196 Route 14 Irasburg, VT, 05845

Wright's Enterprises: Newport, 48 Community Drive, Newport, VT 05855

Rutland County

Keith's Country Store: Pittsford, 4085 US Route 7, Pittsford, VT 05763-0538

Grant's Village Store: Middletown Springs, 752 Coy Hill Road, Middletown Springs, VT 05757

Washington County

R&L Archery: Barre, 70 Smith Street, Barre, VT 05641-4076

Mountain Deer Taxidermy: Northfield, 1308 Loop Road, Northfield, VT 05663

Windham County

Guilford Country Store: Guilford, 475 Coolidge Highway, Guilford, VT, 05301

Windsor County

Steve's Bait Shop: North Hartland, 8 Rockwood Street, North Hartland, VT 05052-0083

Joe's Taxidermy: Reading, 7190 VT Route 106, Reading, VT 05062

Media Contact: Nick Fortin 802-786-3860, Scott Darling 802-786-3862, Mark Scott 802-777-4217

Source: Department of Fish and Wildlife
Last Updated at: October 22, 2015 09:28:26