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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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Sports Column: Of Hobbits, hunting and Thanksgiving

Posted on November 21, 2012 |
By Matt Dickerson



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Rifle deer season sees OK start despite warm weather

Posted on November 15, 2012 |
By Andy Kirkaldy



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ADDISON COUNTY — Despite unseasonably warm and thus uncooperative weather, the local rifle deer season got off to a solid start this past Saturday and Sunday with 148 deer reported to seven Addison County weigh stations.

That total represents a 22 percent increase over the 122 deer taken during the opening weekend of the disappointing 2011 rifle season, and it comes on the heels of the most productive Youth Hunting Weekend in at least eight years (see related story). 

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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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