Deer Season Is Upon Us

Posted by admin On November - 1 - 2011

If firearm deer season isn’t something to get excited about, then really nothing is.

This is the time of year we all wait for. We buy new guns and equipment and scout our hunting areas with trail cameras and by walking through the woods, mile after mile.

And now it’s here.

In Maine, the firearm deer season opened Oct. 30 for all licensed hunters. Of course, Maine-only residents got an extra day in the woods before non-residents were allowed to start their hunts, but that’s the beauty of living in Maine, right?

The firearm season in Maine will close Nov. 26, so make sure to get out and make the best of it.

Muzzleloading season in Maine will start Nov. 28 and end Dec. 3, except in specific wildlife management districts. Make sure to check state regulations to verify you’re hunting legally in your district.

New Hampshire’s deer season will open Nov. 9 and will close Dec. 4. Hunters there are currently enjoying the muzzleloading season, which started Oct. 30 and will run through Nov. 8.

In Vermont, hunters are chomping at the bit as they wait for the Nov. 12 opener. Their season, which lasts 16 days, will end Nov. 27. Hunters are allowed to take one legal buck with at least one antler having two or more points on it. Spike-antlered deer are protected in Vermont except during the youth deer hunter weekend, which takes place Nov. 5 and 6 this year. Youth hunters can also take a doe.

According to reports, Vermont hunters have a right to be excited. Studies indicate that this year will have a strong number of older, bigger bucks in the woods.

“Vermont’s pre-hunt deer population is estimated at 123,000 this year with the greatest numbers of deer found in the southwest, east-central, and northwestern regions of the state,” said Wildlife director Mark Scott. “This is about 10 percent fewer deer than last year, but it is comfortably within the limits of the deer population goal set in Vermont’s 2010-2020 Big Game Management Plan. Analysis of fawn and buck body weights and reproductive capacity indicates the deer population is in very good condition.”

The muzzleloader season in Vermont is December 3-11 this year.

2 Responses to “Deer Season Is Upon Us”

  1. michael says:

    best of luck this season. G