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Vermont’s Comprehensive Deer Management Review Plan

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Vermont manages our deer population, despite changes in weather, habitat and hunting patterns, to keep a consistently healthy and age-diverse herd across the state. Our deer management program is guided by management goals and population objectives outlined in Vermont’s 2010-2020 Big Game Management Plan.

While the plan establishes deer population objectives, it also allows for evaluating the department’s practices. We want to include Vermont citizens in this process as a way of being responsive to our stakeholders.  

Issues Worth Considering
The department, working with the Fish and Wildlife Board, will consider issues that affect our management decisions and how hunters feel about their experience in the field, such as the antler point restriction and the current makeup of the hunting seasons.

Comprehensive Deer Management Evaluation Timeline
MonthAction

December 2013

Progress report on CDME

January 2014

Wildlife Management Institute Review of APR Biological Review

January 2014

Vermont Deer Hunter Survey Conducted

February 2014

Working Groups Convened to Review Current Deer Season Structure and Survey Results

March 2014

Public Meetings on Review of Current Deer Season Structure, Survey Results, and Deer Season Alternatives

April 2014

2014 Deer Season Recommendation to Fish and Wildlife Board

May 2014

Working Groups Convene to Review Public Comments

July 2014

CDME Proposal Due to Commissioner and
Fish and Wildlife Board

August/September 2014

Public Meetings on CDME Proposal

September/October 2014

CDME Proposal to Fish and Wildlife Board

Getting Involved with the Evaluation Process
We have several strategies we plan to employ in the coming months to get Vermonters involved in the evaluation process of our deer management program. In particular, we’re planning to:

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