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VT FISH & WILDLIFE requires hunters to send in the first pre-molar tooth from their bear. The tooth is small and easy to loosen with a knife.
MONTPELIER — The Vermont Fish & Wildlife Department is reminding successful bear hunters that a regulation requires them to submit a bear tooth so wildlife managers can collect important information on Vermont’s bear population. The hunter must field dress the bear before taking it to a reporting station. It is also legal to skin the bear and cut it up in order to carry it out of the woods. Although the bear must be reported within 48 hours, Fish & Wildlife urges doing so quickly to cool the meat. The hunter must also collect and submit a pre-molar tooth from the bear at the time the...
MONTPELIER — A quiet walk down a hidden woods road, bright fall foliage coloring the canopy overhead and the crisp, cool air of an early morning — these are just some of the elements of a great Vermont upland gamebird hunting experience.  Hoping to see the dramatic flush of a grouse or woodcock is, of course, another reason hunters try to get out into Vermont woodlands in the fall. Vermont’s hunting season for ruffed grouse or “partridge,” is Sept. 25-Dec. 31 this year. The daily limit is four grouse with a possession limit of eight. The Vermont woodcock hunting season is Sept. 25-Nov. 8. The...
MONTPELIER — A youngster’s first hunt can mark the beginning of a lifelong passion for the outdoors and a commitment to wildlife conservation.  There is no finer time to begin this journey than during Vermont’s upcoming youth waterfowl hunting weekend on Sept. 25 and 26. On Sept 25 and 26 hunters 17 years of age or younger may hunt ducks and geese in the Lake Champlain and Interior Vermont waterfowl hunting zones. The age requirement is 15 and under in the Connecticut River zone. “Vermont’s youth waterfowl hunting weekend helps ensure that young hunters get the quality training and...
MONTPELIER — Vermont’s resident Canada goose hunting season will be held Sept. 1 through 25 to help control Vermont’s native Canada goose population prior to the arrival of Canada geese migrating south from Canada, according to the Vermont Fish and Wildlife Department. The season will be open statewide with a daily bag limit of five Canada geese in the Connecticut River Zone and eight in the rest of Vermont. A second Canada goose hunting season for resident and migrant birds will be held Oct. 13-Nov. 11 with a daily bag limit of one Canada goose in the Lake Champlain Zone and Interior Vermont...
MONTPELIER — Vermont has two bear hunting seasons. The early season, which requires a special bear tag, starts Sept. 1 and continues through Nov. 12 with one exception. Nonresident hunters using dogs cannot start bear hunting until Sept. 15. The late bear season begins Nov. 13 and continues through Nov. 21. A hunter may only take one bear during the year. In addition to a hunting license, a bear hunter using a bow or crossbow must have a prior or current bow license or a certificate proving completion of a bow hunter education course. The hunter must field-dress the bear before taking it to a...
MONTPELIER — The Vermont Fish and Wildlife Department now has information on its website about the 2021 controlled waterfowl hunt at Dead Creek Wildlife Management Area. Controlled goose hunting at Dead Creek Wildlife Management Area will be by pre-registration with hunting zones assigned at the time of the permit drawing. Any vacancies due to “no-shows” on hunting days will be filled on the morning of the hunt with a self-check-in process. Self-registration permits will be available at the Dead Creek check-in kiosk. Friday, Oct. 15, is a junior hunter day at Dead Creek. Only hunters 17 years...
MIDDLEBURY — Vermont State Game Wardens said a Middlebury man illegally possessed turkey and deer he was not allowed to hunt, and also illegally possessed firearms and stolen property. Kyle Tetreault, 30, was arraigned on the charges in Addison Superior Court, Criminal Division, on Monday. The specific charges he faced are possession of illegal big game, failure to report big game, petit larceny, possession of methamphetamine, and felon in possession of firearms. The Vermont Department of Fish and Wildlife Department said that wardens, assisted by the ATF (Federal Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco...
VERMONT — The Vermont Fish and Wildlife Department says hunters who took a bear in the 2020 bear hunting seasons can now look up the age of their bear on the department’s website, vtfishandwildlife.com. “Successful bear hunters help in our management of this magnificent big game animal by providing a small premolar tooth from their bear,” said Forrest Hammond, bear project leader for Vermont Fish and Wildlife. “We have collected pre-molar teeth from harvested bears since 1968 to evaluate age composition of the harvest and to estimate the size of the population. The teeth are sent to a...
MIDDLEBURY — Vermont State Game Wardens said a Middlebury man illegally possessed turkey and deer he was not allowed to hunt, and also illegally possessed firearms and stolen property. Kyle Tetreault, 30, was due to answer the charges in Addison Superior Court, Criminal Division, today. The Vermont Department of Fish and Wildlife Department said that wardens, assisted by the ATF (Federal Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms), Vermont State Police and Middlebury police, executed a search warrant on May 14 and found the contraband in Tetreault’s possession or in a vehicle, apparently belong...
For a few weeks this winter, I would end my day by checking the Vermont Legislature’s page to see if H. 172 had made it out of committee. On the evening of ‘crossover’ it seemed like this piece of proposed legislation must have been too extreme for the committee to have taken up as part of their 2021 agenda and was pigeonholed. Like most Vermont outdoors people, I am not a bear houndsman or a trapper and do not aspire to either. I do respect the history of trapping in Vermont and can see the merits of bear hunting. Both of them fit into our management plan quite well as is. More importantly,...

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