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November 09, 2016

Rifle Season Hunters Urged to Help Gather Deer Information

Hunters participating in Vermont's 16-day rifle deer season that begins November 12 and ends Sunday, November 27 are being asked to help gather biological data.

Hunters who get a deer on opening weekend of rifle season can help Vermont's deer management program by reporting their deer at one of the biological check stations listed below that will be open on November 12 and 13 from 9:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m., unless the store closes earlier:

Marty's Sports & Gunsmithing, Inc. - Bennington

Sherman's Store - West Rupert

Grant's Village Store - Middletown Springs

C&S Beverage & Dairy - Wilmington

Guilford Country Store - Guilford

Singleton's Store - Cavendish

Buxton's Store - Orwell

Vermont Field Sports - Middlebury

Keith's Country Store, Inc. - Pittsford

Mountain Deer Taxidermy - Northfield

R&L Archery - Barre

East Corinth General Store - East Corinth

Rite Way Sports - Hardwick

Jericho General Store - Jericho

Ingalls Market & Deli - Eden

Georgia Market - Georgia

A&B Beverage - Grand Isle

St. Marie's, Inc. - Swanton

West Enosburg Country Store - Enosburg

Wright's Enterprises - Newport

Northern Wildlife - Island Pond

Barnie's Market - Concord

Biologists are collecting middle incisor teeth from November season deer in order to evaluate regional differences in ages and antler characteristics of bucks as well as to help estimate population size, growth rate, health, and mortality rates. Each tooth will be cross-sectioned to accurately determine the deer's age, and the results will be posted on the Fish & Wildlife website next spring.

Hunters who don't make it to a biological reporting station are asked to obtain a tooth envelope from their regular reporting agent. Write your name, Conservation ID number and date of kill on the envelope. Remove one of the middle incisor teeth, being careful to include the root. Place the tooth in the envelope and give it to the reporting agent.

"Information about the ages of deer in the population is critically important, and more information allows us to make better management decisions," said Vermont Fish & Wildlife's Deer Project Leader Nick Fortin. "To get accurate population estimates, and to better assess our current management strategies, we really need to get teeth from as many deer as possible."

The department is also asking hunters to keep the antlers from their deer at home so they can be examined by Fish & Wildlife personnel after the deer season in order to collect additional biological data on antler development.

Media Contacts: Nick.Fortin@Vermont.Gov, 802-786-3860; Mark.Scott@Vermont.Gov, 802-777-4217; Commissioner Louis.Porter@Vermont.Gov, 802-828-1454

Source: Department of Fish and Wildlife
Last Updated at: November 09, 2016 12:52:30