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Rifle deer season starts Nov. 12

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MONTPELIER — Hunters are gearing up for the start of Vermont’s statewide traditionally popular 16-day rifle deer season that begins Saturday, Nov. 12, and ends Sunday, Nov. 27.

A hunter may take one buck during this season with at least one antler having two or more points. 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.

“Vermont’s pre-hunt deer population is estimated at approximately 145,000 this year with the greatest numbers of deer found in the northwest, southwest and east-central regions of the state,” said Deer Project Leader Nick Fortin.

Vermont’s regular hunting licenses, including a November rifle season buck tag and a late season bear tag (for Nov. 12-20), cost only $26 for residents and $100 for nonresidents. Hunters under 18 years of age get a break at $8 for residents and $25 for nonresidents. Licenses are available on Fish & Wildlife’s website and from license agents statewide.

Fish & Wildlife urges hunters to wear a fluorescent orange hat and vest to help maintain Vermont’s very good hunting season safety record.

A 2016 Vermont Deer Hunting Guide can be downloaded from the department’s website at www.vtfishandwildlife.com. The guide includes a map of the Wildlife Management Units (WMUs), season dates, regulations and other helpful information.

The 2016 Hunting, Fishing & Trapping Laws and Guide is available where licenses are sold and on the Fish & Wildlife website.

Contact the Vermont Fish & Wildlife Department for more information at 828-1000 or [email protected]

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