August 09, 2016
The deadline to apply for a Vermont muzzleloader antlerless deer hunting permit is fast approaching - August 26.
Hunters can apply on the Vermont Fish & Wildlife Department's website (www.vtfishandwildlife.com). A quick-link to the information and application is provided on the home page. Or, they can apply with a paper application available from license agents.
Applying online automatically enters you to win one of ten $50 Cabela's gift cards.
As in the past, a person may apply in the lottery category, or as a landowner. However, it is a violation for a landowner to apply for a landowner antlerless permit if they are posting their land against hunting. Fish & Wildlife says it will be closely monitoring landowner applications and listing permit winners in both categories on its website.
Hunting for antlerless deer will be statewide for the October 1-28 and December 3-11 archery season. Last year, hunters took 2,618 antlerless deer during the archery season.
One deer of either sex is allowed for youths during the November 5-6 youth weekend hunt. Youths took 761 antlerless deer during the 2015 youth weekend hunt.
The December 3-11 muzzleloader season will have 18,950 antlerless permits distributed in 16 of Vermont's 21 WMUs, which is estimated to result in 2,700 antlerless deer being taken.
"The number of muzzleloader season antlerless deer permits was increased to account for the expected increase in the deer population following the exceptionally mild winter of 2016," said Nick Fortin, deer project leader for the Fish & Wildlife Department. "The permit allocation is intended to allow moderate population growth in most of the state while stabilizing or reducing deer densities in a few areas."
"We expect the statewide deer population to be about 145,000 prior to the start of the 2016 deer seasons," said Fortin.
Media Contacts: Nick Fortin, 802-786-3860; Scott Darling, 802-786-3862; Mark Scott, 802-777-4217
Source: Department of Fish and Wildlife
Last Updated at: August 09, 2016 13:27:49