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F&W Board Votes on Proposed Deer Hunting Changes

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Proposed changes in Vermont deer hunting regulations received a first vote by the Fish and Wildlife Board at their January 21 meeting in Montpelier. 

Three of the proposed changes would take effect this year. 

  • The first part of archery deer season would be lengthened by ten days – seven days prior to the existing season and three days after. 
  • Crossbows would be legalized for use whenever a regular bow and arrow could be used. 
  • Archery and muzzleloader season limits would be reduced from three to two deer. 

If passed, a prohibition on the possession and use of deer urine-based lures and other deer fluids while deer hunting would be effective in 2016.  

Per the proposal, the department will also conduct a three-year evaluation of the effects of the regulation changes, including gathering more data on the current antler point restriction of at least one antler having two or more points. 

A series of public hearings, follow-up board meetings and two more board votes will be following in coming months before any changes can be adopted. 

Written comments will be accepted at ANR.FWPublicComment@state.vt.us and considered by the Board when considering whether to put the proposal into effect.

Read the proposed rule...

Read proposed deer regulation changes FAQs...

Read the Department's proposal to the F & W Board ...

Provide comment on the proposed deer regulation changes...

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