Young Hunters Encouraged to Participate (and Report) in Youth Deer Hunt November 9 and 10

  

 

November 6, 2019

MONTPELIER, Vt. – With Vermont’s youth deer hunting weekend this Saturday and Sunday, November 9 and 10, young hunters are encouraged to help Vermont Fish and Wildlife biologists by reporting their deer at one of 23 biological reporting stations.

Youth deer hunting weekend helps ensure that young hunters get the quality training they need for lifelong participation, and it also provides biological information needed to manage the deer population.

“We encourage hunters to bring their deer to one of these biological reporting stations so they can contribute to deer management in Vermont,” said Vermont Fish and Wildlife’s deer project leader Nick Fortin.  “Examining deer during the youth deer hunting weekend is our best opportunity to assess the deer herd because youth hunters are allowed to harvest any deer, including spike bucks.  Biologists will be able to collect data on age, weight and antler development to help guide future deer management decisions.” 

The Vermont Fish and Wildlife Department will have personnel at the 23 biological reporting stations listed below between 9 a.m. and 7 p.m. (unless the store closes earlier) for youth weekend, November 9 and 10.  Along with having their deer examined and aged by a biologist, successful youth hunters visiting a biological reporting station will receive a 2019 Vermont Hunter Cooperator Patch.

Anyone, resident or nonresident, who is 15 years old or younger on the weekend of the hunt and who has successfully completed a hunter education course must purchase a hunting authorization and obtain a free youth deer hunting tag.  The requirements apply to all interested young hunters, including the children of landowners. 

The young hunter must be accompanied by an unarmed adult over 18 years of age who holds a Vermont hunting license.  The adult may accompany up to two young hunters.  The law requires the adult to have direct control and supervision of the young hunters, including the ability to see and communicate without the aid of artificial devices such as radios or binoculars. 

Landowner permission is required to hunt on private land during the youth deer hunt weekend, and youth are encouraged to secure permission well in advance.    

The youth hunter may take one deer of either sex on youth deer weekend, and the antler restriction that applies in other deer seasons does not apply during youth deer weekend.  

Violation of the youth deer hunting law can result in a doubled fine that is assessed against the adult who accompanies the youth.    

The biological reporting stations below will be open from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. on November 9 and 10.  The biologist that was going to be at Steve’s Bait Shop in Hartland (which is now closed) will now be at the Windsor Fire Department.

 

Business Name

ADDRESS

TOWN

Guilford Country Store

475 Coolidge Highway

Guilford

Buck Stop Mini Mart

737 Main Street

Bennington

Bob’s Quick Stop

6196 Rte 14

Irasburg

Buxton’s Country Store

499 Main Street

Orwell

Thetford Center Village Store

3956 Vermont 113

Thetford

The Old Fishing Hole

81 Bridge Street

Morrisville

West Enosburg Country Store

2394 West Enosburg Rd

Enosburg Falls

Cones Point General Store

3816 Rte 30 South

Poultney

Jericho General Store

53 Vermont 15

Jericho

Keith’s Country Store

4085, Rte 7

Pittsford

Rack N Reel

5343, Ethan Allen Highway

New Haven  

R&L Archery

70 Smith Street

Barre

Rick’s Gun Shop

77 Brook Road

East Burke  

Rite Way Sports

241 Wolcott Street

Hardwick

Ste Marie’s Market

31 Grand Avenue

Swanton

Singleton’s Store

356 Main Street

Proctorsville

Rte 110 Quick Stop

325 Rte 110

Chelsea

Wright’s Enterprises

48 Community Drive

Newport

Village Grocery & Deli

4348 Main Street

Waitsfield

C&S Beverage & Dairy

157 VT Rte 100 North

Wilmington

West Barnet Quick Stop

113 West Main Street

West Barnet  

Windsor Fire Dept.

29 Union Street

Windsor

Barnies Market

167 Main Street

Concord

 

Vermont’s 2019 Deer Hunting Guide, with regulations and other helpful information, is on Fish and Wildlife’s website (www.vtfishandwildlife.com).

 

Julie Moore
Agency Secretary

Peter Walke
Deputy Secretary

1 National Life Drive
Davis 2
Montpelier, VT 05620-3901

(802) 828-1294