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October 23, 2017

Young Hunters Encouraged to Participate (and Report) in Youth Deer Hunt November 4 and 5

The Vermont Fish & Wildlife Department is urging young deer hunters to help scientific management of Vermont's deer population by bringing the deer they take during the state's November 4 and 5 youth deer hunt to a biological reporting station.

"We encourage young hunters to bring their deer to a biological reporting station to get the deer weighed, aged and examined by a state wildlife biologist," said Vermont's deer biologist Nick Fortin. "Examining deer during youth deer hunting weekend is our best opportunity to assess the deer herd because young hunters are allowed to harvest any deer on that weekend, including spike bucks."

"The information collected will help biologists assess the physical condition of Vermont's deer, and the age, weight and antler development data will help guide future deer management decisions."

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 may 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.

The young hunter must be accompanied by an unarmed adult who is over 18 years of age and 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.

Fish & Wildlife will have personnel at the 25 biological reporting stations listed below between 9 a.m. and 7 p.m., unless the store closes earlier, for youth weekend, November 4 and 5. Along with having their deer examined and aged by a biologist, youth hunters visiting a biological reporting station will receive a 2017 Vermont Hunter Cooperator Patch.

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

Vermont Field Sports, Middlebury, Addison County, 1458 Route 7 South, Middlebury, VT 05753

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

Thetford Center Village Store, Thetford, Orange County, 3956 Vermont 113, Thetford, VT 05074

Riteway Sports, Hardwick, Caledonia County, 241 Wolcott Street, Hardwick, VT 05843-1129

Jericho General Store, Jericho, Chittenden County, 53 VT Route 15, Jericho, VT 05465-0244

Currier's Market, Glover, Orleans County, 1 Main Street, Glover, VT 05839

Barnies Market, Concord, Essex County, 166 Main Street, Concord, VT 05824-0254

Northern Wildlife, Island Pond, Essex County, 550 East Charleston Road, Island Pond, VT 05846

West Enosburg Country Store, Enosburg Falls, Franklin County, 2394 W. Enosburg Rd, Enosburg Falls, VT 05450

St Marie's, Swanton, Franklin County, 31 Grand Avenue, Swanton, VT 05488

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

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

Middle Branch Market & Deli, East Randolph, Orange County, 29 VT Rte 14 South, East Randolph, VT 05041

Cambridgeport Country Store, Cambridgeport, Windham County, 997 Saxtons River Rd, Cambridgeport, VT 05141

C&S Beverage & Dairy, Wilmington, Windham County, 157 VT Rte 100N, Wilmington VT 05363

Wright's Enterprises, Newport, Orleans County, 48 Community Drive, Newport, VT 05855

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

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

R&L Archery, Barre, Washington County, 70 Smith Street, Barre VT 05641

Mountain Deer Taxidermy Northfield, Washington County, 1308 Loop Road, Northfield, VT 05663

West Barnet Quick Stop, West Barnet, Caledonia County, 113 West Main St, West Barnet, VT 05821

Guilford Country Store, Guilford, Windham County, 475 Coolidge Highway, Guilford, VT, 05301

Singleton's Store, Cavendish, Windsor County, 356 Main Street, Proctorsville, VT 05153

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

Vermont's 2017 Deer Hunting Guide, with regulations and other helpful information, is on Fish & Wildlife's website (

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: October 23, 2017 16:11:53
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