The Vermont Fish and Wildlife Board announced there will be a public hearing regarding the changes to turkey and moose hunting regulations.

The meeting, which will take place May 19 in Montpelier, will focus first on turkey hunting regulations starting at 6 p.m. before turning to the proposed regulations for moose hunting starting at 7 p.m. The meeting will be held at the Pavilion Auditorium, located at 109 State Street.

According to the fish and wildlife website, the changes for turkey hunting will include a state-wide bow and arrow hunt from Oct. 2 until Oct. 22 of this year. In addition, the current seven-day shotgun or archery season in wildlife management units B, D1, D2, G, H1, H2, I, J1, J2, L, M1, M2, O1, O2, P and Q would be turned into nine-day hunting seasons, Oct. 23-31. Wildlife management units F1, F2, K1, K2 and N would be for 16 days, Oct. 23-Nov. 7.

Changes to the moose hunting season for 2010 are proposed to include an archery-only season with 50 permits issued for Oct. 2-9, as well as a regular season from Oct. 16-21 with 765 permits issued.

The fish and wildlife regulations also suggest there be five regular season hunting permits available through auction as well as five regular season hunting permits for a lottery among Vermont residents who have received, or are eligible to receive, a campaign ribbon for Operation Iraqi Freedom or Operation Enduring Freedom.

Full text of the two proposed regulations can be found on the Vermont Fish and Wildlife Department’s website under the Law Enforcement tab and then Rules and Proposed Rules, or directly by clicking here.

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