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Youth Hunting Weekend is most productive in years

Posted on November 15, 2012 |
By Andy Kirkaldy



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ADDISON COUNTY — This past Youth Hunting Weekend on Nov. 3 and 4 proved to be the most successful in the area in at least the past nine years, with 124 young hunters having deer recorded at the county’s weigh stations.

That total does not include any deer that may have been taken to East Middlebury’s C&S Hunting Supplies, because its owner could not be contacted earlier this week, or Ferrisburgh’s Mid-State Shooting Sports.

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Sports Column: Why one youth hunts (and more really ought to)

Posted on November 8, 2012 |
By Matt Dickerson



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“Squirrels are way too loud!” That’s was the comment from 13-yearold Jake Pyne. It wasn’t really a complaint. Merely one of many observations he made while hunting with his father.

“When I’m in the woods hunting deer it’s hard not to notice other things. Just sitting quietly you get to see how the wildlife acts when they think no one is around,” was another.

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Starksboro man charged with killing moose out of season

Posted on October 29, 2012 |
By Addison Independent



LINCOLN — An investigation by Vermont state game wardens has let to a 25-year-old Starksboro man being charged with taking a moose out of season.

Game Warden Robert Currier and Sgt. George Scribner responded on Oct. 5 to a report of a moose found dead on Guthrie Road in Lincoln. The wardens determined the moose had been illegally shot. Vermont’s firearms moose hunting season was Oct. 20-25 this year.

Further investigation led authorities to cite Shaun E. Rublee of Starksboro in the killing of the moose.

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Final deer season ends with kills down sharply

Posted on December 15, 2011 |
By Andy Kirkaldy



ADDISON COUNTY — Sunday’s end of the muzzleloader and bow deer seasons brought no more good news for local hunters than the end of November’s rifle season. The numbers of deer weighed at local reporting stations this month declined dramatically from recent years.

If anything, the drop for the combined results for October’s bow season and December’s muzzleloader and bow season was even steeper.

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Many hunters leave the woods empty-handed

Posted on December 1, 2011 |
By Andy Kirkaldy



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ADDISON COUNTY — After a banner Addison County rifle deer season in 2010, the number of bucks killed during this November’s 16-day rifle season and weighed at local reporting stations plummeted.

In all, 329 bucks killed between Nov. 12 and 27 were weighed at the nine county reporting stations that shared results with the Independent, a drop of 99 from the 2010 count from the same stations. 2010 was the best season locally since the Vermont Department of Fish and Wildlife banned shooting antlerless bucks (known as “spikehorns”) in 2005.

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Turkey, coyote, bobcat...but not a deer in sight

Posted on November 17, 2011 |
By Matt Dickerson



It is the third day of the 2011 rifle season for deer. I’m sitting in a folding chair inside my hunting tent atop a small hill. In terms of my chances of success, I’d be better off 12 feet up in my tree stand rather than on the ground in a tent. I can see a lot farther from a dozen feet up in the air. Plus, my scent dissipates from a tree stand rather than lingering on the ground and warning deer of my presence.

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Too many eyes, too many weeks

Posted on October 6, 2011 |
By Matt Dickerson



Everywhere I go in Vermont I see turkeys. There was a time, not too many decades ago, that turkeys could not be found in the state. Hunting and loss of habitat had pushed them out. But the turkey reintroduction program begun in 1969 was wildly successful, and for the past few years they have been about as ubiquitous as squirrels.

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