From the Vermont Fish & Wildlife Department - Controlled Waterfowl Hunt Application Deadline is Sept. 15

Controlled Waterfowl Hunt - image courtesy of the Vermont Fish & Wildlife Department Montpelier, Vermont - Applications are available for controlled waterfowl hunting permits to be used at two Vermont Fish & Wildlife Department wildlife management areas.

The applications may be downloaded from Fish & Wildlife’s website (www.vtfishandwildlife), and printed applications will be available at Vermont Fish & Wildlife offices in Montpelier, Essex Junction, Addison, Barre, St. Johnsbury, Springfield and Rutland.

Hunting under controlled conditions for ducks at Mud Creek in Alburgh and geese at Dead Creek in Addison has been popular since the early 1970's. Applications must be filled out correctly and postmarked no later than September 15. There is no fee to apply.

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From the Vermont Fish & Wildlife Department - Antlerless Deer Permit Application Deadline, Aug. 15

Muzzleloader deer hunting from American Hunter Magazine Montpelier, Vermont – The deadline to apply for a Vermont muzzleloader antlerless deer hunting permit is fast approaching – August 15.

Hunters can apply on the Vermont Fish & Wildlife Department’s website (www.vtfishandwildlife.com). A quick-link to the information and application is provided on the home page. Or, they can apply with a paper application available from license agents.

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Form the Vermont Fish & Wildlife Department - VT Moose Hunting Application Deadline Extended to June 17

Justin Routhier on a 2010 moose hunt - photo from New Hampshire Fish and Game Department MONTPELIER, Vt. -- Vermont’s lottery application deadline for a moose hunting permit has been extended from June 10 to June 17, and the Vermont Fish & Wildlife Department is urging hunters who plan on entering to do so now online.

“Giving folks an additional week to apply makes sense because many may be unaware the deadline is a month earlier this year,” said Fish & Wildlife Commissioner Louis Porter. “The application process also was advanced so those who do receive permits have time to do their pre-hunt planning and scouting, as well as to ensure that long-time applicants are able to preserve their bonus points from previous years.”

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From the Vermont Fish & Wildlife Department - Vermont Moose Hunting Applications Are Available

Mike and Bonnie Blanchard of Sullivan took this great bull in the 2012 NH moose hunt - image courtesy of New Hampshire Fish and Game Montpelier, Vermont - Vermont moose hunting permit applications are now available on the Vermont Fish & Wildlife Department’s website (www.vtfishandwildlife.com). Printed applications will be available from Vermont license agents in early May.

The 285 regular moose season permits to be issued this year represent a 20 percent decrease from the 355 permits issued last year. Hunters are expected to harvest close to 150 moose during the regular season hunt which starts October 18 and ends October 23.

An additional 50 permits are designated for the October 1-7 archery moose season when hunters are expected to take about 15 moose.

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From the Vermont Fish & Wildlife Department - Vermont Hunters Took More than 14,000 Deer in 2013

Youth hunter with whitetail deer Montpelier, Vermont - Hunters took 14,107 deer during Vermont’s four deer hunting seasons in 2013, according to a report on last year’s hunting success just released by the Vermont Fish & Wildlife Department.

The number of legal bucks with at least two points on one antler totaled 8,831, up 8 percent from the year before.

“We estimated there would be an increase in the deer population in 2013 due to two consecutive mild winters,” said state deer biologist Adam Murkowski. “The number of antlerless deer permits was increased last year by 16 percent in response to these mild winters and we maintained or reduced antlerless deer permits in other regions to promote population growth.”

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From the Vermont Fish & Wildlife Department - Fish & Wildlife Board Sets Permit Numbers for 2014 Moose Hunt

A bull moose rests in a field during a light rainshower. - image courtesy of U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service Montpelier, Vermont - A total of 285 regular firearms moose season permits and 50 archery moose season permits will be issued for Vermont’s 22nd annual October moose hunt under a proposed regulation approved by the Vermont Fish and Wildlife Board at their February 26 monthly meeting in Montpelier.

The board voted on a proposal presented by the Vermont Fish & Wildlife Department that allocates permits in 16 of the state’s 21 Wildlife Management Units. The proposed regulation must be voted on at one more Board meeting in early April.

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From the Vermont Fish & Wildlife Department - Vermont Turkey Hunters Had a Record Year

Assistant American Hunter Online Editor Sarah Smith Barnum tagged her first ever turkey in 2013. Montpelier, Vermont - Vermont wild turkey hunters had safe and successful spring and fall hunting seasons in 2013, according to the Vermont Fish & Wildlife Department.

A record 6,968 turkeys were taken by hunters during Vermont’s three hunting seasons – the spring youth hunt, the regular May spring season, and the fall turkey hunt.

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From the Vermont Fish & Wildlife Department - Muzzleloader and 2nd Archery Deer Seasons, Dec. 7-15

Vermont Fish & Wildlife Department Vermont’s hunters will get one final chance for a deer this year during the muzzleloader deer season and the second part of the archery deer season. The two seasons run at the same time -- December 7-15.

A muzzleloader hunter may take one legal buck anywhere in the state. In addition, a hunter who received a muzzleloader antlerless deer permit may take one antlerless deer in the Wildlife Management Unit (WMU) designated on the permit.

An archery hunter may take a legal buck anywhere in the state, provided they didn’t take one in the earlier part of archery season. An archery hunter may take an antlerless deer except in WMU-E in the Northeast Kingdom.

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