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Bird hunting dates and laws are now online

Posted on June 30, 2016 |
By Addison Independent



MONTPELIER — The Vermont Fish and Wildlife Department recently made available the list of dates and regulations for the 2016-2017 migratory bird hunting seasons.

A printable copy of the regulations can be downloaded from the Vermont Fish and Wildlife Department website (www.vtfishandwildlife.com). A printed version will also be available from license agents and post offices by mid-July.

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Turkey season opens on Sunday

Posted on April 27, 2016 |
By Addison Independent



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MONTPELIER — It’s almost time for spring turkey hunting in Vermont. Youth spring turkey hunting weekend was April 23-24 this year, and the regular spring turkey season is May 1-31.

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Volunteers to teach hunting sought

Posted on December 30, 2015 |
By Addison Independent



MONTPELIER — The Vermont Fish & Wildlife Department is offering several New Instructor Training Courses for people interested in volunteering to teach Hunter Education, Trapper Education or Bowhunter Education courses in Vermont.

The courses will take place Jan. 10 in St. Johnsbury, Feb. 21 in Berlin and March 12 in Castleton.

Policies and procedures, field techniques and teaching methods will all be covered in order to give instructors the tools to teach future Vermont hunters how to have a safe and enjoyable experience.

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Deer seasons productive overall

Posted on December 17, 2015 |
By Andy Kirkaldy



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ADDISON COUNTY — During archery, rifle and muzzleloader seasons and Youth Hunting Weekend in October, November and December, Addison County weigh stations handled 772 deer, the third lowest total in the past eight years.

But that total is misleading. Department of Fish and Wildlife officials earlier this year decided not to issue doe permits to muzzleloader hunters in wildlife zones that included virtually all of Addison County.

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Hunting licenses for 2016 available online

Posted on December 10, 2015 |
By Addison Independent



MONTPELIER — Vermont hunting, fishing and trapping licenses for 2016 will be available on the Fish & Wildlife Department’s website (www.vtfishandwildlife.com) on Dec. 14.

“Vermonters really enjoy hunting and fishing,” said Vermont Fish & Wildlife Commissioner Louis Porter. “Many people like to purchase their new licenses before January 1 so they will be ready to go ice fishing.”

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Hunters urged to dress in orange

Posted on October 8, 2015 |
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MONTPELIER — Vermont Fish & Wildlife urges hunters to keep up Vermont’s new hunting tradition: wear hunter orange.

Fish & Wildlife points out that last year was the second time in three years there were no hunting-related shootings in the state. So far, 2015 is also accident-free, and smart hunters can help keep this flawless record going by choosing to wear fluorescent “hunter orange,” according to the department.

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Wildlife officials asking for bear teeth

Posted on October 5, 2015 |
By Addison Independent



MONTPELIER — The Vermont Fish & Wildlife Department is reminding successful bear hunters to make every effort to submit a bear tooth so wildlife managers can collect critical information on Vermont’s bear population.

Teeth submitted by hunters are used to determine the ages of bears. Department staff use age and sex data to estimate the number of bears in Vermont and to determine the status and health of the bear population. Envelopes for submitting teeth are available at all big game check stations.

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Many local weigh stations are ready for hunters

Posted on October 5, 2015 |
By Addison Independent



VERMONT — Hunters who take a bear, deer, turkey or moose during the Vermont hunting seasons must bring the animal within 48 hours to the nearest game warden or to the nearest Vermont Fish and Wildlife reporting station.

Below is a list of local wardens and reporting stations for 2015. The full list of wardens throughout the state appears on Fish & Wildlife’s website, www.vtfishandwildlife.com.

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Muzzleloader application results can be found online

Posted on October 1, 2015 |
By Addison Independent



MONTPELIER — Deer hunters who applied for a Vermont muzzleloader season antlerless deer permit by the Aug. 28 deadline can now go to the Vermont Fish & Wildlife Department website (www.vtfishandwildlife.com) to see if they will be receiving a permit in the mail. 

The department announced the winners on Sept. 23, after conducting a randomized computer drawing.

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Fish & Wildlife hunter education offers courses

Posted on August 24, 2015 |
By Addison Independent



MONTPELIER — If you haven’t completed a Vermont hunter education course but want to before hunting seasons, this is the time to act according to the Vermont Fish & Wildlife Department.

“Vermont’s volunteer instructors of hunter education courses are scheduling their courses now on Vermont Fish & Wildlife’s website,” said Nicole Meier, hunter education specialist. “The courses have started and will continue for a few weeks, and fewer courses will be available by October because many instructors will be hunting.”

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