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More young hunters have successful season

Posted on November 25, 2014 |
By Andy Kirkaldy



MIDDLEBURY — In all, 21 young hunters were successful during Youth Hunting Weekend and had deer weighed at Vermont Field Sports in Middlebury.

However, due to the fact that state wildlife biologists had initially taken information with them that weekend after overseeing weigh-ins, only five names were available immediately after the two-day youth hunt. They were published in the Nov. 17 edition of the Independent.

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Local rifle deer season starts with typical take

Posted on November 20, 2014 |
By Andy Kirkaldy



ADDISON COUNTY — A Saturday and Sunday with fair but cold weather saw Vermont’s deer rifle season get off to a solid, but not spectacular, start in the area.

During the first two days of the state’s 16-day rifle season, local hunters shot 154 deer and then took them to one of Addison County’s official weighing stations.

That opening weekend total dropped from the 200 killed in 2013’s first two days, but overall fell in line with numbers from the past four years’ opening weekends.

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Kids' deer count tops 100 over Youth Hunting Weekend

Posted on November 17, 2014 |
By Andy Kirkaldy



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ADDISON COUNTY — Local hunters as young as 8 years old brought 107 deer to be weighed at Addison County reporting stations during Youth Hunting Weekend, Nov. 8 and 9, a total comparable with that in recent years.

In the past four years, the Youth Hunting Weekend take in Addison County has ranged from a low of 95 in 2010 to a high of 124 in 2012.

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Matt Dickerson: Wild and abundant

Posted on November 12, 2014 |
By Matt Dickerson



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Officials asking hunters to wear orange

Posted on November 5, 2014 |
By Addison Independent



WATERBURY — The fashion mags suggest bold prints and the color gray are in this fall, but trendy hunters always choose hunter orange.

That’s because season after season, smart hunters choose fluorescent hunter orange. They know they are safer and understand it helps preserve Vermont’s hunting heritage. Because no matter how rare, each hunting-related shooting reinforces the mistaken perception that hunting is dangerous. 

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Vermont's rifle deer season begins Nov. 15

Posted on November 3, 2014 |
By Addison Independent



MONTPELIER — Hunters are gearing up for the start of Vermont’s statewide traditionally popular 16-day rifle deer season that begins Saturday, Nov. 15, and ends Sunday, Nov. 30. 

A hunter may take one buck during this season with at least one antler having two or more points one inch or longer. A point must be one inch or longer from base to tip. The main beam counts as a point, regardless of length. Spike-antlered deer, mostly yearlings, are protected during this season.

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Youth deer weekend slated for Nov. 8 and 9

Posted on October 29, 2014 |
By Addison Independent



VERMONT — With youth deer weekend just around the corner, young hunters are encouraged to take to the field to hone their skills and to also help Fish & Wildlife biologists by reporting their deer at one of 23 biological check stations around the state, including two in Addison County.

Youth deer hunting weekend helps ensure that young hunters get the quality training they need for lifelong participation, and it also provides biological information needed to manage the herd into the future.

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Rack & Reel now open in New Haven

Posted on October 9, 2014 |
By Zach Despart



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NEW HAVEN — Cars packed the parking lot on the west side of Route 7 in New Haven Junction this past weekend. Sure, some people hit the highway to enjoy the unseasonably warm weather, but others came for the grand opening of Rack & Reel, a hunting and sporting goods store.

“The community has been beyond receptive,” co-owner Bridget Kipp said. “So many people have come in here thanking us, saying it was needed in the area, and that they’ll be back.”

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Waterfowl permits now available

Posted on September 1, 2014 |
By Addison Independent



VERMONT — Applications are available for controlled waterfowl hunting permits to be used at two Vermont Fish & Wildlife Department wildlife management areas.

The applications may be downloaded from Fish & Wildlife’s website (www.vtfishandwildlife), and printed applications will be available at Vermont Fish & Wildlife offices in Montpelier, Essex Junction, Addison, Barre, St. Johnsbury, Springfield and Rutland.

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First hunting season for bears nears

Posted on August 27, 2014 |
By Addison Independent



VERMONT — Vermont has two bear hunting seasons. The early bear hunting season, which requires a special bear tag, starts Sept. 1 and continues through Nov. 14. The late bear season begins Nov. 15 and continues through Nov. 23.

The bear tag that comes with a hunting license is for use during the late season, which partially overlaps with the November deer season.   

The early season bear tag costs $5 for residents and $15 for nonresidents. A hunter may only take one bear during the year. 

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