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Vt. fishing, hunting and trapping licenses available online Dec. 15

Posted on December 10, 2014 |
By Addison Independent



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?MONTPELIER — Vermont hunting, fishing and trapping licenses for the new year will be available on the Fish & Wildlife Department’s website, www.vtfishandwildlife.com, on Dec. 15.

Online license purchasers of 2015 licenses will automatically be entered to win an angler’s kayak and other prizes. The winner of the kayak will be drawn on May 14, while the winner of a rifle in the 2014 contest will be drawn at the Yankee Sportsmen’s Classic in January.

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Rifle season: Nice, but few bucks

Posted on December 3, 2014 |
By Andy Kirkaldy



ADDISON COUNTY — The final count of bucks weighed in Addison County during the 2014 rifle season ended up at a below-average total of 359, but weigh station operators all said the animals were mostly good-sized.

“A lot of nice deer were taken this year,” said Steve Ploof of East Middlebury’s C&S Hunting Supplies.

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Muzzleloader, bow, deer seasons remain

Posted on December 1, 2014 |
By Addison Independent



MONTPELIER — Vermont’s hunters will get one final chance for a deer this year during the muzzleloader deer season and the second part of the archery deer season. The two seasons run at the same time — Dec. 6-14. 

A muzzleloader hunter may take one legal buck anywhere in the state. In addition, a hunter who received a muzzleloader antlerless deer permit may take one antlerless deer in the Wildlife Management Unit (WMU) designated on the permit.

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More young hunters have successful season

Posted on November 25, 2014 |
By Andy Kirkaldy



MIDDLEBURY — In all, 21 young hunters were successful during Youth Hunting Weekend and had deer weighed at Vermont Field Sports in Middlebury.

However, due to the fact that state wildlife biologists had initially taken information with them that weekend after overseeing weigh-ins, only five names were available immediately after the two-day youth hunt. They were published in the Nov. 17 edition of the Independent.

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Local rifle deer season starts with typical take

Posted on November 20, 2014 |
By Andy Kirkaldy



ADDISON COUNTY — A Saturday and Sunday with fair but cold weather saw Vermont’s deer rifle season get off to a solid, but not spectacular, start in the area.

During the first two days of the state’s 16-day rifle season, local hunters shot 154 deer and then took them to one of Addison County’s official weighing stations.

That opening weekend total dropped from the 200 killed in 2013’s first two days, but overall fell in line with numbers from the past four years’ opening weekends.

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Kids' deer count tops 100 over Youth Hunting Weekend

Posted on November 17, 2014 |
By Andy Kirkaldy



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ADDISON COUNTY — Local hunters as young as 8 years old brought 107 deer to be weighed at Addison County reporting stations during Youth Hunting Weekend, Nov. 8 and 9, a total comparable with that in recent years.

In the past four years, the Youth Hunting Weekend take in Addison County has ranged from a low of 95 in 2010 to a high of 124 in 2012.

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Matt Dickerson: Wild and abundant

Posted on November 12, 2014 |
By Matt Dickerson



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Officials asking hunters to wear orange

Posted on November 5, 2014 |
By Addison Independent



WATERBURY — The fashion mags suggest bold prints and the color gray are in this fall, but trendy hunters always choose hunter orange.

That’s because season after season, smart hunters choose fluorescent hunter orange. They know they are safer and understand it helps preserve Vermont’s hunting heritage. Because no matter how rare, each hunting-related shooting reinforces the mistaken perception that hunting is dangerous. 

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Vermont's rifle deer season begins Nov. 15

Posted on November 3, 2014 |
By Addison Independent



MONTPELIER — Hunters are gearing up for the start of Vermont’s statewide traditionally popular 16-day rifle deer season that begins Saturday, Nov. 15, and ends Sunday, Nov. 30. 

A hunter may take one buck during this season with at least one antler having two or more points one inch or longer. A point must be one inch or longer from base to tip. The main beam counts as a point, regardless of length. Spike-antlered deer, mostly yearlings, are protected during this season.

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Youth deer weekend slated for Nov. 8 and 9

Posted on October 29, 2014 |
By Addison Independent



VERMONT — With youth deer weekend just around the corner, young hunters are encouraged to take to the field to hone their skills and to also help Fish & Wildlife biologists by reporting their deer at one of 23 biological check stations around the state, including two in Addison County.

Youth deer hunting weekend helps ensure that young hunters get the quality training they need for lifelong participation, and it also provides biological information needed to manage the herd into the future.

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