Vermont Fish & Wildlife Department will be holding a public meeting on Wednesday, March 19, 2014, in Montpelier on a proposed amended rule that provides an additional option for landowners to allow hunting, fishing or trapping by permission only.
The proposed rule follows recent statutory changes and seeks to make posting requirements clearer and more consistent. The meeting will take place at the Pavilion Building on State Street from 6 to 8 p.m. and public comment is welcome.
Thanks to the new statute, Vermont landowners now have an additional option when considering access to their property. Through the state’s “By Permission Only” option, landowners can now offer hunters who have obtained permission the chance to hunt on land that was previously closed. The new posting option, which began in July 2013, was conceived as an alternative for landowners who support hunting but had no other legal options for controlling access to their property.
Hunters, landowners, and anyone interested in commenting on the proposed amended rule should attend the public meeting. Attendees will be able to comment on the language for the amendment to the new posting rule and view signs that will be available for landowners’ use.
“Hunting is a proud Vermont tradition and an important part of our culture,” says Patrick Berry, commissioner of Vermont Fish & Wildlife. “The new Hunting by Permission Only option allows landowners to be part of the tradition of keeping lands in Vermont open to hunting, while making that access more selective if they so desire.”
Anyone interested in learning more about hunter access, should visit the department’s website or send comments to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Contact: Mark Scott, 802-828-1000, Col. David LeCours, 802-828-1454