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Officials say bear season safe, fruitful

Posted on February 18, 2015 |
By Addison Independent



MONTPELIER — The Vermont Fish & Wildlife Department reports that bear hunters in Vermont had a safe and successful hunting season in 2014. Hunters took 567 black bears during the 84 days of the two-part “early bear season” and “late bear season.” There were also no hunting-related shooting incidents.

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Turkey hunters enjoyed sucessful year

Posted on January 28, 2015 |
By Addison Independent



VERMONT — Vermont wild turkey hunters had safe and successful spring and fall hunting seasons in 2014, according to the Vermont Fish & Wildlife Department.

A total of 6,414 turkeys were taken by hunters during Vermont’s three hunting seasons — the spring youth hunt, the regular May spring season, and the fall turkey hunt. 

Young turkey hunters mentored by experienced hunters took 554 bearded turkeys, which are almost always males, during the youth turkey hunt on the weekend before the regular spring season. 

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Fowl blinds must be removed from waters

Posted on January 14, 2015 |
By Addison Independent



MONTPELIER — Waterfowl hunters who did not remove their hunting blinds from the waters of the state earlier must do so before Feb. 15 on Lake Champlain or May 15 on inland waters, according to a reminder from the Vermont Fish & Wildlife Department.

State law requires removal of the blinds before these deadlines in order to protect natural areas and to prevent boating accidents after the ice melts.

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Number of deer weighed in 2014 drops

Posted on December 22, 2014 |
By Andy Kirkaldy



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ADDISON COUNTY — When the last muzzleloader shot echoed through the woods earlier this month, concluding the final Vermont deer season of 2014, the county’s total of deer taken between October and December stood at 724, the second lowest figure since 2008.

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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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