Deer Ages Available on F&W Website

RUTLAND, Vt. -- Hunters who provided the Vermont Fish & Wildlife Department with a tooth from their deer last year can now find out how old their deer was by visiting the department’s website, Hunters submitted 2,808 teeth from the bucks they took during the November rifle deer season. Combined with the 1,207 deer examined by biologists at reporting stations during the youth and rifle seasons, biologists were able to get accurate ages for 4,015 deer.

Vermont’s Spring Turkey Hunting Starts Soon



MONTPELIER, Vt. – It’s almost time for spring turkey hunting in Vermont.  Youth spring turkey hunting weekend is April 28 and 29 this year, and the regular spring turkey season is May 1-31.

Vermont hunters set an all-time record last year when they took 6,599 turkeys in the spring youth weekend and May seasons.  The previous spring record occurred in 2013 when 6,365 birds were taken in the spring. 

Be On the Lookout for Frogs, Salamanders along Roads


MONTPELIER, Vt. – One of the great wildlife migrations is happening right now in Vermont, and it’s taking place right at our feet. 

You may have already heard the spring peepers or wood frogs calling in your backyard.  Or perhaps you’ve noticed salamanders crawling over rocks in a nearby stream.  Amphibians are on the move, but their spring breeding migration can too often become deadly. 

New EPA Report Card Points to Vermont’s Progress on Water Quality

MONTPELIER -- The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) released Vermont’s clean water report card today. The report evaluates the state’s efforts to implement the Lake Champlain phosphorus reduction goals. The EPA commended the State’s work in meeting nearly 90% of its water quality milestones, and for making significant progress toward the remaining milestones.

VT Fish & Wildlife Dept Offers an Evening Bullhead Fishing Clinic


ADDISON, Vt. – The Vermont Fish & Wildlife Department’s “Let’s Go Fishing Program” is offering an introduction to bullhead fishing clinic at the Dead Creek Wildlife Management Area in Addison on Friday, April 13. 

Bullhead typically are most active during the evening and night, so the clinic will begin at 6:30 p.m. and end at 9 p.m. 

This introductory course will include basic techniques for targeting bullhead with live bait, casting basics, knot tying, filleting, aquatic ecology, and biology. 

Vermont Fish & Wildlife Department Suggests Removing Bird Feeders April 1



MONTPELIER, Vt. – The Vermont Fish & Wildlife Department says warm spring weather and melting snows will cause bears to come out of their winter dens in search of food.  The department recommends taking down bird feeders on April 1 to avoid attracting them.

Bears are very fond of suet and bird seed, especially black oil sunflower seed.  Bringing feeders in at night doesn’t work, because bears will still feed on seed that is spilled on the ground.

Vermont Fish & Wildlife Shooting Range Grant: Application Deadline Extended to April 15


MONTPELIER, Vt. -- Vermont Fish & Wildlife has extended its deadline to apply for shooting range improvement grants to April 15. 

Developed to encourage upgrades of shooting ranges to enhance their safety and operation, the Shooting Range Improvement Grant Program seeks grant applications from clubs and government agencies involved in the operation of shooting ranges, including archery ranges until 4:30 p.m.  The grant period begins July 1, 2018.


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