“Open House” Meetings, Deer Hearings Begin March 20

Vermont Fish & Wildlife Press Release 

Hunters, landowners and anyone else interested in Vermont’s wildlife should plan on attending one of the three events hosted by the Vermont Fish and Wildlife Department this month.

The Fish & Wildlife Department holds three public hearings each March to provide the results of the deer hunting seasons and receive public input on the status of Vermont’s deer herd. This year, two of the hearings will be on weekends and include “Open House” sessions on management of black bear, moose, and furbearers as well as a discussion of Vermont’s wildlife habitat.   

The hearings will still include results of Vermont’s 2015 deer and moose seasons and prospects for deer and moose hunting next fall as well as an opportunity for hunters to provide their observations and opinions about the status of these big game animals.

The three meetings will also serve as public hearings to review the 2015 moose hunting season and to provide feedback on the number of moose permits recommended for 2016.

“We are offering these March Wildlife Open House meetings in Castleton and Montpelier as a means of presenting and discussing the other game management programs,” said Scott Darling, wildlife management program manager.  “While the focus on deer is understandable, there are many other important wildlife management efforts, including our work to conserve and manage habitat, that are also worthy of the public’s attention.”

Wildlife Open House meetings:

Sunday, March 20, 1-5 p.m. Kehoe Conservation Camp, 636 Point of Pines Rd., Castleton, VT 05735
Saturday, March 26, 1-5 pm, Montpelier High School, 5 High School Drive, Montpelier, VT 05602

The additional deer and moose meeting will be held Wednesday, March 23, 6:30-8:30 p.m. at Lake Region Union High School, 317 Lake Region Rd., Orleans, VT 05860.

Media Contact:

John Hall, F&W Outrach Division