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Shooters claim success: After 554 bucks taken, rifle season second best in 13 years

Posted on November 30, 2017 |
By Andy Kirkaldy



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ADDISON COUNTY — Area deer hunters enjoyed the second-best rifle deer season since 2005, bringing 554 bucks to Addison County weigh stations during the 16-day season that ran Nov. 11 to 26.

That total of deer taken came just 19 short of 2016’s total of 573, the highest since Vermont wildlife officials in 2005 banned the taking of spikehorn bucks during November’s rifle season, the most popular of the state’s deer hunting seasons.

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County game warden Gaiotti featured in latest 'Vermont Wild' book

Posted on November 30, 2017 |
By Addison Independent



MIDDLEBURY — A caricature of the late game warden Denny Gaiotti and his story of a defiant skunk grace the cover of the newly released “Vermont Wild, Adventures of Fish & Game Wardens, Volume 5.”

A Whiting resident and game warden for 39 years, the cover art pays homage to the legendary law enforcement officer affectionately called “Bigfoot” by Addison County outdoorsmen. Looking for Gaiotti’s size-14 boot tracks was one way hunters would attempt to ascertain if the big lawman was nearby.

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Deer harvest is up on youth weekend; herd healthy after mild winter

Posted on November 13, 2017 |
By Andy Kirkaldy



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ADDISON COUNTY — Young hunters around Addison County enjoyed more success during Youth Hunting Weekend on Nov. 4 and 5 than in any youth weekend since 2012. They brought 110 deer they shot to one of the county’s weigh stations.

That total of 110 surpassed last year’s of 94, while the numbers from 2013 to 2015 ranged from 78 to 109.

The year 2012, when 124 young hunters brought down deer, stands as the local high-water mark since the Department of Fish and Wildlife founded the two-day youth weekend.

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Rifle season for deer starts Nov. 11

Posted on November 6, 2017 |
By Addison Independent



MONTPELIER — Hunters are gearing up for the start of Vermont’s traditionally popular 16-day rifle deer season that begins Saturday, Nov. 11 and ends Sunday, Nov. 26.

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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Take steps to stay safe hiking and hunting

Posted on November 2, 2017 |
By Addison Independent



MONTPELIER — The Vermont Fish & Wildlife Department is recommending that hunters and hikers practice a few basic wilderness safety precautions and dress for the weather when heading out into the woods this fall.

“Just a few simple actions can ensure that hunters and hikers are prepared for a variety of conditions and situations,” said Maj. George Scribner of Vermont’s game warden force. “A little preparation is all it takes to have a safe and enjoyable experience outdoors.”

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Doe permit winners announced

Posted on September 28, 2017 |
By Addison Independent



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MONTPELIER — Deer hunters who applied for a Vermont muzzleloader season antlerless deer permit by the Aug. 24 deadline can now go to the Vermont Fish & Wildlife website (vtfishandwildlife.com) to see if they won a permit. 

Fish & Wildlife announced the winners on Sept. 22, after conducting a randomized computer drawing.  Permit winners are listed in two categories: regular lottery winners and landowners.  Landowners who apply for a landowner antlerless permit are prohibited by law from posting their land against hunting. 

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Waterfowl hunters reminded to avoid invasive species in building blinds

Posted on September 28, 2017 |
By Addison Independent



ESSEX — Fall heralds the season waterfowl hunters look forward to all year.  But before hunters begin building waterfowl blinds, the Vermont Fish & Wildlife Department reminds them to pay attention to the materials used and to avoid spreading invasive plants. The transport of invasive plant species is illegal in Vermont.

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Hunter access class set for Oct. 5

Posted on September 25, 2017 |
By Addison Independent



MIDDLEBURY — Hunting can be a valuable tool for private land conservation, but managing hunters can be intimidating, particularly if you are not familiar with hunting or experienced problems with hunters in the past. To help, the Vermont Fish & Wildlife Department is holding a free seminar this fall for landowners interested in learning more about hunting and managing hunter access.

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Youth waterfowl weekend is Sept. 23-24

Posted on September 18, 2017 |
By Addison Independent



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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. 23 and 24.

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