Vermont Fish, Wildlife Board Votes on Proposed Hunting Changes

DCcolumnsfirstforhunters022114Hunters, landowners and sportsmen interested in Vermont’s deer and moose should plan on attending one of the public hearings being held around the state in late March.
All six of the hearings will include results of Vermont’s 2014 deer seasons and prospects for deer hunting next fall as well as an opportunity for hunters to provide their observations and opinions about the current status of the deer herd and proposed deer hunting regulation changes.
The three hearings being held in Barre, Brighton and Castleton will include a review of the proposed 2015 moose hunting season, and an opportunity for the public to provide feedback on the number of moose permits recommended for 2015.
Hunters are invited to attend one of the following public hearings, held from 6:30 to 9:00 p.m.

– March 23 Barre – Spaulding High School, 155 Ayers St., Barre, VT 05641
– March 23 Bennington – Mt. Anthony Middle School Cafeteria, 747 East Road, Bennington, VT 05201
– March 24 Brighton – Brighton Elementary School, 825 Railroad St., Island Pond, VT 05846
– March 24 Brattleboro – Brattleboro UHS, 131 Fairground Road, Brattleboro, VT 05478
– March 26 St. Albans – St. Albans Town Educational Ctr., 169 South Main St., St. Albans, VT 05478
– March 26 Castleton – Kehoe Conservation Camp, 636 Point of Pines Road, Castleton, VT 05735

The proposed deer hunting regulation changes can be seen on the Fish & Wildlife Department’s website www.vtfishandwildlife.com. Comments may be emailed to ANR.FWPublicComment@state.vt.us.
Three of the proposed changes would take effect this year. The first part of archery deer season would be lengthened by ten days – seven days prior to the existing season and three days after. Crossbows would be legalized for use whenever a regular bow and arrow could be used. Archery and muzzleloader season limits would be reduced from three to two deer.
A prohibition on the possession and use of deer urine-based lures while deer hunting would be effective in 2016. The Vermont Fish and Wildlife Board believe this is a precaution against the spread of chronic wasting disease (CWD) into Vermont.

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