May 25, 2011
The Vermont Fish and Wildlife Board will hold two public hearings in late June on antlerless deer hunting for the 2011 deer hunting seasons. Citing a severe winter that likely suppressed deer herd numbers, Vermont Fish and Wildlife Department biologists have proposed a reduced harvest of antlerless deer this year.
The Fish and Wildlife Board recently voted to reduce the number of December muzzleloader permits to 9,575 permits for 14 of the state’s 24 wildlife management units, to allow antlerless hunting during the archery season in all WMUs except E, and to allow any deer to be taken during youth deer hunting weekend.
This year’s proposed 9,575 muzzleloader antlerless permits reflect a 63 percent decrease from the 2010 total of 25,600. Biologists expect hunters who receive the permits will take about 1,800 antlerless deer in the muzzleloader season.
“The proposal represents a fairly conservative approach to antlerless deer hunting this fall,” said Mark Scott, Director of Wildlife for the department. “We’ve been able to reduce deer numbers in parts of the state and meet our management objectives in recent years through aggressively issuing muzzleloader permits. That, combined with severe winter weather, contributes to our proposal to the Board to issue fewer antlerless permits during the muzzleloader season this year.”
The public hearings will begin at 7:00 p.m. One will be held Tuesday, June 21, in the Swanton Village Complex Auditorium, 120 First Street, in Swanton. The other will be on Wednesday, June 22, in the Pavilion Auditorium, 109 State Street, Montpelier.
Antlerless permit applications for the December 3-11muzzleloader season and a map of WMUs with permit numbers are on Fish and Wildlife’s website (www.vtfishandwildlife.com). The deadline to apply is August 25.
Source: Department of Fish and Wildlife
Last Updated at: May 25, 2011 07:48:22