rifle season


MARK BEDELL SMILES for good reason: This nice 141-pound, 7-point buck he shot in Bristol was his first deer. He weighed it at Green Mountain Trails End in Bristol. Photo courtesy of Green Mountain Trails End
ADDISON COUNTY — For the second straight year the region’s deer hunters have broken the post-2005 record for most bucks taken during Vermont’s 16-day November rifle season. And this time they smashed the mark for deer weighed in Addison County since Department of Fish and Wildlife officials in 2005 banned shooting young spikehorn bucks in rifle season.  Hunters brought 424 bucks to the county’s seven wildlife reporting stations to be weighed, and according to Fish and Wildlife Deer Project Leader Nick Fortin they also reported 216 more online after shooting them in a county town.  Taken...

A HAPPY TIM Lathrop brought this nice 180-pound, 8-point buck to be weighed on Nov. 19 at Green Mountain Trails End in Bristol. Many hunters tracked down trophy deer as the 16-day rifle season got under way. Independent photo/Andy Kirkaldy
ADDISON COUNTY — Many hunters got their wishes answered and skills rewarded in the first few days of Vermont’s rifle deer season, which opened on Nov. 14. No local hunter was happier than Chris Hanson on Wednesday, Nov. 18.  According to Andy Buxton owner of Buxton’s Store, where Hanson weighed his buck, Hanson was on an Orwell job site that day when he received an alert on a phone app and received permission to leave and pursue his prey.  The result? Hanson shot a 262-pound, 10-point buck not far from Lake Champlain in Orwell, the largest deer the Independent has reported killed in at last...
MONTPELIER — Hunters are gearing up for the start of Vermont’s traditionally popular 16-day regular deer season, which begins Saturday, Nov. 14, and ends Sunday, Nov. 29.  A hunter may take one legal buck during this season. The definition of a legal buck depends on the Wildlife Management Unit (WMU). A map of the WMUs is on pages 22 and 23 of the 2020 Vermont Hunting & Trapping Guide available from license agents statewide.  In WMUs C, D1, D2, E1, E2, G, I, L, M, P, and Q a legal buck is any deer with at least one antler three inches or more in length. In WMUs A, B, F1, F2, H, J1, J2, K...

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