Vermont Deer Harvest Reflects Healthy Population

The Vermont Fish & Wildlife Department says preliminary numbers show 12,710 deer were taken during Vermont’s 2015 deer hunting seasons.

Reports from big game check stations indicate hunters had successful deer seasons in 2015, taking 3,398 deer in archery season, 1,277 in youth season, 6,592 in rifle season, and 1,443 in muzzleloader season.  The 12,710 deer brought home by hunters yielded more than 630,000 pounds of local nutritious venison.

Ice Fishing Safety Tips for 2016 from F&W

The Vermont Fish & Wildlife Department has some ice safety tips for those of you who will be going ice fishing this winter. 

“Once we have sustained cold weather to form good ice, ice fishing can be safe and a lot of fun,” said Fish & Wildlife Commissioner Louis Porter. “But when we go onto the ice, we need to use good judgment and observe several safety precautions.” 

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Invitation for Comments on Proposed State Rule Amendment to the Acceptable Management Practices (AMPs) for Maintaining Water Quality on Logging Jobs in Vermont

MONTPELIER – The Department of Forests, Parks and Recreation is now accepting public comments on the proposed state rule amendment to the Acceptable Management Practices (AMPs) for Maintaining Water Quality on Logging Jobs in Vermont.

Vermont Bear Hunters Had a Successful and Safe Season in 2015

The Vermont Fish & Wildlife Department reports that bear hunters in Vermont had a safe and successful hunting season in 2015. Preliminary numbers show that hunters took 669 black bears during the 83 days of the two-part ‘early bear season’ and ‘late bear season.’ There were also no hunting-related shooting incidents. 

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