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August 11, 2017

Learn More About Hunting Black Bears at Free Seminar on August 19

The Vermont Fish & Wildlife Department will be holding a free seminar on hunting Vermont black bears on Saturday, August 19, at the Cambridge Fire Department in Jeffersonville.

The seminar covers basic bear biology, successfully hunting bears, and processing bear meat. Instructors will be Vermont Fish & Wildlife bear biologist Forrest Hammond and bear hunter Jim Roy. Participants are asked to sign up by Wednesday, August 16.

"Both experienced and first-time bear hunters stand to benefit from this seminar," said John Pellegrini, hunter education training coordinator with Vermont Fish & Wildlife. "We will provide useful information including practical hunting tips, ecology and behavior of black bears, and how to have a fun, safe experience in the woods."

There will be a field portion to the seminar, so participants should plan to dress for the weather. Participants needing additional assistance can tap into volunteers from Hunter Education to assist them in being more successful in the field.

The seminar is free and includes lunch. Sign up at Space is limited to the first 30 signups and seminars fill up quickly, so participants are encouraged to sign up as early as possible. For more information, call John Pellegrini at 802-793-1894.

Other free hunting seminars will take place as follows:

White-tailed Deer Tracking and Processing, Saturday, September 16, 2017, 8:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m., Mountain Deer Taxidermy, Northfield, VT. This seminar will feature expert trackers Rodney and Theresa Elmer. They will teach the skill of tracking whitetail deer, and demonstrate how to field dress, process, and prepare a deer for taxidermy. Signup deadline: Wednesday, September 13, 2017.

Introduction to Bowhunting, Sunday, September 17, 2017, 8:00am - 4:00pm, Boney Club, Williamstown, VT. This seminar will demonstrate techniques for bowhunting, including equipment, hunting tactics, tree stand placement, and tree stand safety. Mark McCarthy of Barre will be the instructor for this seminar. Signup deadline: Wednesday, September 13, 2017.

Small Game Hunting, Saturday, September 23, 2017, 8:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m., Randolph Fish and Game Club, Randolph, VT. The seminar will feature workshops on hunting rabbits with beagles, hunting ruffed grouse with dogs, and a demonstration of the use of retrievers in duck hunting. Vermont Fish & Wildlife staffers Tom Jones and Peter Pollander will be the instructors. The seminar will conclude with a shooting workshop hosted by Randolph Fish and Game. Signup deadline: Wednesday September 20, 2017.

Reasonable accommodations for persons with disabilities are available upon request. Please include a description of the accommodation you will need. Individuals making such requests must include their contact information. Please send an e-mail to: Catherine.Gjessing@Vermont.Gov or call the office staff at 802-828-1000 (voice), 1-800-253-0191 (TTY).

Media Contact: John Pellegrini, 802-793-1894

Source: Department of Fish and Wildlife
Last Updated at: August 11, 2017 15:45:40