Vermont Ponders Reducing Antlerless Deer Tags

Posted by admin On June - 28 - 2011

Hunters in Vermont will want to make a point of paying attention to the upcoming decision by the state’s Fish and Wildlife Department.

The department has been weighing the possibility to reducing the number of antlerless deer hunting permits for this year’s season.

This past winter, as we all can clearly remember (and our snow shovels and snow blowers, too), was not the kindest, especially for animals that are forced to forage for food during those bitter months. The winter had a massive impact on the deer population.

The department has already taken one step to help preserve deer herd numbers by reducing the number of December muzzleloader permits to 9,575 for 14 of the state’s 24 wildlife management areas. That equals a decrease of 63 percent from the 2010 permit numbers of 25,600. About 1,800 anterless deer are expected by state officials to be taken during the 2011 muzzleloader season.

Reducing the number of overall antlerless deer permits will likely help keep herd numbers at a level that will allow management to continue and, in turn, a return to larger permit numbers once the population has been restored.

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