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September 07, 2016

Vermont's Archery Deer Season Starts Oct. 1

Several New Regulation Changes Take Effect

Hunters are enthusiastic about Vermont's upcoming October 1-28 and December 3-11 archery deer hunting season, which has several new regulation changes according to the Vermont Fish & Wildlife Department.

A hunter may take up to two deer in Vermont's two-part archery season with the purchase of two archery licenses. No more than one of the deer taken during archery season may be a legal buck. Antlerless deer hunting is allowed statewide this year during archery season.

In Vermont a hunter may take up to three deer in a calendar year in any combination of seasons (Archery, Youth Weekend, November Rifle Season, December Muzzleloader). Of these, only two may be legal bucks, and only one buck may be taken in each season. A "legal buck" is a deer with at least one antler having two or more points one inch or longer. All three deer in the annual bag limit may be antlerless deer.

Hunters must have a standard hunting license in order to purchase an add-on archery deer hunting license, except that nonresidents may purchase an "archery only deer license" costing just $75. Licenses may be quickly and easily purchased on Fish & Wildlife's website (

Hunters planning a Vermont archery deer hunting trip should get a copy of the 2015 White-tailed Deer Harvest Report, which gives the number of deer taken in each town in last year's deer hunting seasons. It's available on Fish & Wildlife's website (

For more information and a summary of regulations, download the 2016 Deer Season Guide on Vermont Fish & Wildlife's website. You also can call 802-828-1000 or Email (

Archery season regulation changes effective this year:

* October portion of season five days longer

* Number of deer that may be taken in archery season lowered to two (only one may be a buck)

* Crossbow use allowed by hunters age 50 and older

* Natural urine lures prohibited

* Antlerless deer hunting statewide

Also new this year, an optional big game tag is available free from license agents as a durable alternative to the paper tags on licenses. Optional tags may be used to tag deer, bear or turkeys, but they are not for use with moose or muzzleloader season antlerless deer.

"We continually work to conserve deer wintering areas and maintain young forested areas that provide excellent habitat for deer and many other species," said Nick Fortin, Fish & Wildlife's deer project leader. "Hunting helps us keep Vermont's deer population in balance with available habitat, and the annual deer harvest provides several million meals of local, nutritious venison."

Media Contacts: Nick.Fortin@Vermont.Gov, 802-786-3860; Mark.Scott@Vermont.Gov, 802-777-4217

Source: Department of Fish and Wildlife
Last Updated at: September 07, 2016 16:02:31