hunting

07/02/2020
MONTPELIER — The Vermont Fish & Wildlife Department has announced the 2020–2021 migratory bird hunting season dates and bag limits.  A statewide Vermont open hunting season for resident Canada geese will occur Sept. 1–25. The daily bag limit is five Canada geese in the Connecticut River Zone and eight in the rest of the state during this September season. The purpose of the September season is to help control Vermont’s resident Canada goose population prior to the arrival of Canada geese migrating south from Canada. A second Canada goose hunting season for resident and migrant geese will...
04/30/2020
MONTPELIER — The Vermont Fish and Wildlife Board recently voted to award 55 moose hunting permits this year. Moose permit applications are now available on the Vermont Fish and Wildlife Department’s website, vtfishandwildlife.com, for the hunt limited to Vermont’s Wildlife Management Unit (WMU) E in the northeastern corner of the state. “Moose density in WMU E is more than one moose per square mile, significantly higher than any other part of the state,” said Nick Fortin, Vermont Fish and Wildlife’s biologist in charge of the moose project. “Moose densities greater than one per square mile...
03/02/2020
MONTPELIER — Hunters, landowners and anyone else interested in deer and moose should plan on attending the Vermont Fish and Wildlife public hearings being held in March. The hearings will include results of Vermont’s 2019 deer seasons and prospects for hunting next fall as well as an opportunity for people to provide their observations and opinions regarding deer. The hearings, held March 19, 23 and 24, will also include information about the proposed moose hunt to improve the health of moose in Wildlife Management Unit E in the northeastern corner of Vermont. The hearings are scheduled for 6...
02/13/2020
VERMONT — Vermont’s spring snow goose hunt will be held from March 11 through April 24.  Since 2009, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service has annually issued a Conservation Order to allow the reduction of the population of migrating greater and lesser snow geese as well as Ross’ geese. The numbers of these geese have grown so high that they are destroying habitat for themselves and other species.  Eight states in the Atlantic Flyway (Delaware, Maryland, New Jersey, New York, North Carolina, Pennsylvania, Virginia, and Vermont) will hold a similar Spring Snow Goose Conservation Order in 2020. ...
02/10/2020
VERMONT — Vermont’s spring snow goose hunt will be held from March 11 through April 24. Since 2009, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service has annually issued a Conservation Order to allow the reduction of the population of migrating greater and lesser snow geese as well as Ross’ geese. The numbers of these geese have grown so high that they are destroying habitat for themselves and other species. Eight states in the Atlantic Flyway (Delaware, Maryland, New Jersey, New York, North Carolina, Pennsylvania, Virginia, and Vermont) will hold a similar Spring Snow Goose Conservation Order in 2020. The...
02/06/2020
MONTPELIER — Preliminary reports from the Vermont Fish and Wildlife Department show that hunters killed a record 750 black bears during the two-part early and late bear seasons in 2019. The previous highest harvest ever recorded in Vermont was 728 in 2004. Fish and Wildlife also says there were no hunting-related shooting incidents. The average number of bears taken over the previous 10 years was 597. The hunting season results are consistent with the goal of maintaining the bear population to within 4,500 to 6,000 bears, according to Fish and Wildlife bear biologist Forrest Hammond. In 2019...
12/23/2019
MONTPELIER — Vermont hunting, fishing and trapping licenses for 2020 are now available on the Fish and Wildlife Department’s website. “Vermonters really enjoy hunting and fishing,” said Vermont Fish and Wildlife Commissioner Louis Porter. “Many people like to purchase 2020 licenses before Jan. 1, so they will be ready for the new year.”  According to a federal survey, Vermonters rank first among residents of the lower 48 states when it comes to participating in fish and wildlife recreation — with 62% of Vermonters going fishing, hunting or wildlife watching. They led in the New England states...

FRAN JENNINGS SHOWS off the 152-pound, seven-pointer that he killed in Starksboro during the recently ended muzzleloader season. Photo courtesy Erica Bedell/ Green Mountain Trails End
12/19/2019
ADDISON COUNTY — December’s combined muzzleloader and archery season for deer proved to be the second-best for Addison County in the past seven years, with 330 deer weighed at the county’s seven wildlife reporting stations.  That nine-day season that ended on Sunday also tied the bow on a hugely successful 2019 for Addison County’s deer hunters, but one that fell just short of the record heights of 2018. In all, including the archery season that lasted most of October and touched November, Youth Hunting Weekend in early November, the 16-day rifle season, and the recent muzzleloader-bow season...
12/19/2019
BRISTOL — Hunters who were successful during the final 14 days of rifle season (Nov. 18-Dec. 1) and had their bucks weighed at Green Mountain Trails End in Bristol were accidentally omitted in our wrap-up published earlier this month.  We apologize for the omission, and list them here. The bucks were counted in the overall total published in the Independent’s Dec. 1 edition.  Among the bucks handled by Robbie Bedell and company at his Route 16 shop were two with trophy racks: Shawn Laurie killed a 174-pounder with an 11-point rack in Bristol, and Jeffrey Cook took down a 125-pounder with 10...
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...

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