HAILEY WATTERS HAD never brought down a deer before. But her first kill proved to be the kind of buck that hunters dream about — a 215-pound buck with a nine-point antler rack she took during this past archery season.
Photo courtesy of Green Mountain Trails End
ADDISON COUNTY — Bright spots have been rare in a 2020 afflicted by a pandemic and divisive politics.
But there sure were plenty of happy deer hunters in Addison County.
In fact, county wildlife reporting stations handled more deer in 2020 than in any year since the Independent has been tracking the count, and it wasn’t close.
The previous record of 1,345 came in 2018 for the combined total of all seasons — rifle, Youth Hunting Weekend, archery and muzzleloader. Then, 2019 came close, with 1,324 weighed locally.
This year that number soared to 1,745.
To put that count in perspective, as...
HALEY SHEPARD DISPLAYS the deer she shot in Lincoln during the recent Vermont Youth Hunting Weekend. She had her deer weighed at Lincoln General Store, which saw 14 of the county’s more than 100 deer bagged that weekend.
Photo courtesy of Lincoln General Store
ADDISON COUNTY — Young and first-time hunters combined to bring 105 deer to Addison County’s seven wildlife reporting stations after going out during Youth Hunting Weekend on Oct. 24 and 25.
That total was typical for Addison County’s Youth Hunting Weekends in the past decade, with kills ranging from a low of 78 in 2015 to last year’s record high of 142. In the 2017 and 2018 weekends, for instance, youth hunters took 110 deer.
For 2020, Department of Fish and Wildlife officials introduced three wrinkles into the state’s late-year deer seasons, one of which affected youth weekend: First-time...
MONTPELIER — According to the Vermont Fish and Wildlife Department, preliminary numbers show 16,479 deer were taken during Vermont’s 2019 deer hunting seasons, the fourth highest total since 2000.
Reports from big game check stations indicate hunters had successful deer seasons in 2019, taking 3,739 deer in archery season, 1,636 in youth season, 7,467 in rifle season, and 3,637 in muzzleloader season.
The 16,479 deer brought home by hunters this year yielded nearly 3.3 million servings of local, nutritious venison.
“The legal buck harvest of 9,982 was similar to the previous three-year...
MONTPELIER — Hunters are looking forward to Vermont’s upcoming Oct. 5-Nov. 1 and Dec. 7-15 archery deer hunting season.
A hunter may take up to two deer in Vermont’s two-part archery season with the purchase of two archery licenses. No more than one of the deer taken during archery season may be a legal buck. Antlerless deer hunting is allowed statewide this year during archery season.
This year, a hunter may take up to three deer in a calendar year in any combination of seasons (Archery, Youth Weekend, November Rifle Season, December Muzzleloader). Of these, only two may be legal bucks, and...