hunting

12/12/2019
MONTPELIER — Vermont’s hunters this weekend 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. 7-15.  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.  An archery hunter may take a legal buck anywhere in the state, provided they didn’t take one in the earlier part of archery season. An archery...

HEIDI VINCENT SHOWS off the impressive eight-point rack on this 169-pound deer she shot in Starksboro. County weigh stations saw a record number of deer during the recently completed rifle hunting season.
12/05/2019
ADDISON COUNTY — The 2019 deer rifle season in Addison County finished Sunday as the most successful for local hunters since 2005, when Vermont wildlife officials banned shooting spikehorn bucks during the 16-day season. Hunters during this rifle season brought 594 bucks to be weighed at one of the county’s seven wildlife reporting stations, breaking the record of 571 set just a year ago. Plentiful feed contributed to a large and healthy deer herd, which gave hunters more targets, experts said. Also, weather conditions generally helped hunters during rifle season. A few inches of snow and...
12/05/2019
I am a resident of Addison County, born into a family that has been hunting on the Vermont landscape for generations. The article about the bear hound attack on Oct. 19 and follow up articles regarding the so-called “Vermont tradition” of hound hunting not only caught my attention but has resonated for several reasons, and I feel compelled to voice them to the community. I sympathize with the couple, and with all the folks who have expressed their frustration with hounds on private land. We have had to make our own compromises on our private property too during the bear season. While the...

VERMONT FISH & WILDLIFE urges wearing a fluorescent “hunter orange” hat and vest while hunting, like this family does.
11/25/2019
MONTPELIER — Vermont Fish and Wildlife is reminding hunters, and anyone else who goes into the wood over the next month or so, to wear fluorescent hunter orange.  “Hunting is one of the safest outdoor activities, and it’s getting safer thanks to advances in education as well as science,” said Nicole Meier, Vermont Fish and Wildlife information and education specialist. “Our volunteer hunter education instructors stress that wearing orange during hunting season is important, and studies prove that wearing fluorescent hunter orange keeps hunters visible to other people in the woods, but it...
11/25/2019
BARRE – Flanked by store owners, hunting and angling groups and supporters of outdoor recreation, Governor Phil Scott today recognized the important contribution hunting, fishing and related activities have in strengthening and diversifying Vermont’s economy.  “Vermont has a rich history of hunting and angling, extending back before we were even a state. It’s a major part of our way of life,” said Scott. “For me it was a family tradition, and I encourage more Vermonters who have an interest to get out there and try it. Take your son, daughter, niece, nephew, cousin or mentee, and learn what...
11/25/2019
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. 7-15. 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. An archery hunter may take a legal buck anywhere in the state, provided they didn’t take one in the earlier part of archery season. An archery hunter...

THE ENTIRE HARTMAN family joined dad Eric Hartman when he brought the 141-pound, 4-point buck he shot in Starksboro on Sunday to be weighed at the Lincoln General Store on Monday. Pictured on the left are Sarah Hartman holding daughter Faye and on the right Eric Hartman holding son Will. Photo courtesy of Lincoln General Store
11/21/2019
ADDISON COUNTY — The opening weekend of rifle deer season continued a trend in recent years: It set a new record for deer weighed at Addison County’s wildlife reporting stations during the first two days of the season. The record dates back to 2005, when the Department of Fish & Wildlife changed the law to ban shooting spikehorn bucks without defined antler points.   In all, the county’s seven weigh stations handled 276 deer that were killed on this past Saturday and Sunday, the first two days of the 16-day season that allows rifle hunters to shoot bucks with at least three antler points...

JORDAN MORRISON POSES with his trophy buck, one of the two taken during Youth Hunting Weekend that tipped the scales at more than 200 pounds. Morrison brought down this 201-pound, 8-pointer — his first one — in Lincoln and had it weighted at the Lincoln General Store.
11/18/2019
ADDISON COUNTY — A bountiful Youth Hunting Weekend on Nov. 9 and 10 left many young hunters and their families with smiles on their faces and gave hope to area hunters of all ages heading into the 16-day rifle season that started this past Saturday. In all, hunters age 15 and younger brought 142 deer to one of Addison County’s seven wildlife reporting stations after bringing them down that weekend. That total topped the best Youth Hunting Weekend total the county has seen in at least 17 years, when the Independent began reporting deer totals. Nick Fortin, a Vermont Fish & Wildlife...
11/14/2019
RUTLAND — With rifle season fast approaching, U.S. Forest Service officials on the Green Mountain National Forest (GMNF) are encouraging the public to use caution and to be visible and mindful of their surroundings in the coming weeks. Saturday, Nov. 16, marks the opening day of the white tail deer rifle hunt in Vermont, a lifelong tradition for many Vermonters and visitors to the Green Mountain State. Officials want to remind hunters and other forest users that the entire 400,000-acre National Forest is open for hunting, the only exceptions are developed trails and recreation sites. As with...
11/14/2019
GRANVILLE — The Moss Glen Grange will be serving up breakfast, lunch and dinner on Saturday, Nov. 16, in what they are calling a Hunter’s Feast. The meals are a welcome to this year’s hunting season, and open to all, particularly to hunters. Breakfast starts at 6 a.m., possibly earlier, with eggs, bacon, sausage, home fries, toast, sausage gravy and biscuits, French toast and more. Breakfast costs $5-$8. Anyone who missed breakfast can stop by at noon for lunch of old-fashioned venison stew plus rolls, or maybe a bowl of chicken veggie soup and hotdogs for between $4 and $5. Dinner starts at...

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