Vermont’s Rifle Deer Season Starts Saturday, Nov. 10

 

November 5, 2018

MONTPELIER, Vt. -- Hunters are gearing up for the start of Vermont’s traditionally popular 16-day rifle deer season that begins Saturday, November 10 and ends Sunday, November 25. 

A hunter may take one buck during this season with at least one antler having two or more points one inch or longer.  A point must be one inch or longer from base to tip.  The main beam counts as a point, regardless of length.  Spike-antlered deer, mostly yearlings, are protected during this season.

“There are more deer in Vermont than there have been in recent years with the greatest numbers of deer found in the southwestern and northwestern regions of the state,” said Deer Project Leader Nick Fortin.     

Vermont’s regular hunting licenses, including a November rifle season buck tag and a late season bear tag (for Nov. 10-18), cost $26 for residents and $100 for nonresidents.  Hunters under 18 years of age get a break at $8 for residents and $25 for nonresidents.  Licenses are available on Fish & Wildlife’s website and from license agents statewide. 

Fish & Wildlife urges hunters to wear a fluorescent orange hat and vest to help maintain Vermont’s very good hunting season safety record.

A 2018 Vermont Deer Hunting Guide can be downloaded from the department’s website at www.vtfishandwildlife.com.  The guide includes a map of the Wildlife Management Units (WMUs), season dates, regulations, and other helpful information.

Hunters who get a deer on opening weekend of rifle season can help Vermont’s deer management program by reporting their deer at one of the biological check stations

listed below that will be staffed from 9:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m., unless the store closes earlier, on November 10 and 11:

  • Marty’s Sports & Gunsmithing – Bennington
  • Jericho General Store – Jericho
  • St. Marie’s – Swanton
  • Wright’s Enterprises – Newport
  • Keith’s Country Store – Pittsford
  • R&L Archery – Barre
  • Guilford Country Store – Guilford
  • Barnie’s Market – Concord
  • A&B Beverage – Grand Isle
  • Singleton’s Store – Cavendish

Biologists are collecting middle incisor teeth from November season deer in order to evaluate regional differences in ages of bucks as well as to help estimate population size, growth rate, health, and mortality rates.  Each tooth will be cross-sectioned to accurately determine the deer’s age, and the results will be posted on the Fish & Wildlife website next spring. 

Hunters who don’t make it to a biological reporting station are asked to obtain a tooth envelope from their regular reporting agent.  Write your name, Conservation ID number and date of kill on it.  Remove one of the middle incisor teeth, being careful to include the root.  Place the tooth in the envelope and give it to the reporting agent.