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Rifle deer hunters off to fast start

Posted on November 21, 2013 |
By By JOHN S. McCRIGHT and ANDY KIRKALDY



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ADDISON COUNTY — Local deer hunters got off to a fast start during opening weekend of the 16-day rifle season, which started this past Saturday, as they reported 200 kills at Addison County’s eight reporting stations.

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Youth Hunting Weekend deer kill numbers down slightly

Posted on November 20, 2013 |
By John S. McCright and Andy Kirkaldy



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ADDISON COUNTY — Younger hunters in the area did not have quite as much success on the Nov. 9-10 Youth Hunting Weekend as they had in the past two Novembers, but the 109 deer they had weighed at seven reporting stations in Addison County was very respectable compared to results over the past five years.

The 109 deer this Youth Hunting Weekend is down slightly from the 124 tagged over the same weekend in 2012, and one less than the number in 2011. In both 2009 and 2010 the final tally stood at 95,

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Rifle hunters reminded of late start to season

Posted on November 4, 2013 |
By Addison Independent



VERMONT — The Vermont Fish & Wildlife Department is reminding deer hunters that Vermont’s youth, rifle and muzzleloader seasons fall on relatively late dates this year. Youth weekend is Nov. 9-10 and rifle season begins on Nov. 16. Both seasons are beginning one weekend later than normal. Muzzleloader season begins on Dec. 7.

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Fall turkey season to open Oct. 26

Posted on October 23, 2013 |
By Addison Independent



VERMONT — Vermont’s popular shotgun and archery fall turkey hunting starts Saturday, Oct. 26, in selected wildlife management areas (WMUs).

Shotgun or bow and arrow: Oct. 26-Nov. 3 in WMUs B, D1, D2, G, H1, H2, I, J1, J2, L, M1, M2, O1, O2, P, and Q

Shotgun or bow and arrow: Oct. 26-Nov. 10 in WMUs F1, F2, K1, K2, and N

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New Vermont hunting rules in effect

Posted on September 30, 2013 |
By Addison Independent



MONTPELIER — The Vermont Fish & Wildlife Department points out that three new hunting rules passed by the Legislature are now in effect.

1.      A person shall not take or attempt to take any wild animal by shooting a firearm, a bow and arrow or a crossbow while on or within 25 feet of the traveled portion of a public road.

2.      It is also illegal to shoot a firearm, a bow and arrow or a crossbow across the traveled portion of a public road.

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Archery deer hunting season begins Oct. 5

Posted on September 23, 2013 |
By Addison Independent



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VERMONT — Hunters are enthusiastic about Vermont’s upcoming Oct. 5-27 and Dec. 7-15 archery deer hunting season, according to the Vermont Fish & Wildlife Department. 

A hunter may take up to three deer in Vermont’s archery season with three archery licenses. No more than one of the deer taken during archery season may be a legal buck. No antlerless deer may be taken in Wildlife Management Unit (WMU) E, where antlerless deer hunting is prohibited in 2013.

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State asks for assistance in counting turkeys

Posted on August 5, 2013 |
By Addison Independent



VERMONT — How many broods of wild turkeys are you seeing in Vermont, and how many young turkeys, or poults, are roaming with their mothers?

The Vermont Fish & Wildlife Department is asking people who see turkeys during August to report their sightings in the state’s seventh annual online turkey brood survey.

The turkey brood survey can be found on the department’s website (www.vtfishandwildlife.com). The survey allows entry of the numbers of adult males, adult females and poults as well as the date, time and location of the observations.

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Hunters in Vt. had a productive 2012 season

Posted on January 31, 2013 |
By Addison Independent



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VERMONT — It was a good year to be a big game hunter in Vermont in 2012, the Vermont Fish and Wildlife Department reports. In particular, populations of wild turkeys and black bears are at very high levels, offering hunters of those species excellent opportunities. The whitetail harvest also saw several positive trends in 2012, with the totals for all hunting seasons within the statewide management goals. Perhaps of greater note, 2012 marked the first year in which there were no hunting-related shooting incidents in Vermont. 

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Final 2012 deer hunt numbers show respectable result

Posted on December 20, 2012 |
By Andy Kirkaldy



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ADDISON COUNTY — Between October’s bow season and December’s combined bow and muzzleloader season, Addison County weigh stations handled 346 deer — 183 killed by arrows and 163 shot with muzzleloader rifles.

The muzzleloader total is an estimate because game wardens conducting an investigation took a book with several names of successful hunters from Starksboro’s Jerusalem Country Store; the overall county number is therefore also an estimate, but is certainly accurate within a few deer.

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