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State defines rules for annual archery season

MONTPELIER — Vermont’s archery deer hunting season runs at two different times this year: Oct. 1 to Nov. 12 and Nov. 29 to Dec. 15.

A hunter may take up to four deer in Vermont’s two-part archery season if they do not shoot any deer in the other deer seasons. The purchase of an archery deer license and tag is required for each deer. No more than one of the deer taken during archery season may be a legal buck if no buck is taken in the other deer seasons. Antlerless deer hunting is allowed during archery season statewide this year.

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, N, and O a legal buck is any deer with at least one antler with two or more antler points one inch in length or longer.

Hunters must have a standard hunting license in order to purchase an add-on archery deer hunting license, except that nonresidents may purchase an “archery only deer license” costing $75. Licenses may be quickly and easily purchased on Fish and Wildlife’s website (www.vtfishandwildlife.com).

Hunters planning a Vermont archery deer hunting trip will find it helpful to download a copy of the 2021 White-tailed Deer Harvest Report from Fish and Wildlife’s website with this link: tinyurl.com/nz4ej23m. It has the number of deer taken in each town in last year’s deer hunting seasons.

For more information and a summary of regulations, download the 2021 Deer Seasons Guide from Vermont Fish and Wildlife’s website, or pick up a free copy of the 2021 Hunting & Trapping Guide from any license agent.

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