From the Vermont Fish & Wildlife Department - Sign Up Now for Governor’s Youth Turkey Hunt Event

Turkey hunting via the Vermont Fish & Wildlife Department

Montpelier, Vermont - In an effort to promote youth hunting in Vermont, youth hunters are encouraged to sign up for the Third Annual Governor’s Youth Turkey Hunt this spring. Youth hunters will be treated to a luncheon on Sunday, April 19, at the Waterbury Fish & Game Club, where they will take part in a discussion on the importance of the hunting tradition in Vermont.

The following weekend, the young hunters will take part in a guided turkey hunt to coincide with Vermont’s youth turkey hunting weekend on April 25-26.

“I always look forward to this event,” Gov. Shumlin said. “It’s a wonderful opportunity to enjoy a Vermont tradition with the young Vermonters who will carry it on for generations to come.”

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Have shooting sports fun this summer and take your skills from casual to competitive

NRA Intermediate Junior Rifle Camp at Camp Perry, Ohio

Fairfax, Virginia - If you know a shooter aged 12-21 who would enjoy some shooting sports action this summer, the National Rifle Association is now accepting applications for its annual competitive shooting camps for junior shooters. These camps, run by the Coach Education Program, help young shooters develop their marksmanship skills from casual to competitive through challenging and rewarding lessons.

“These camps have everything you need to take your game to the next level,” said NRA National Coach Trainer Daniel Subia. “Each day will be filled with exercises designed to help you master your body positioning, breath, and trigger control to consistently shoot high scores. You’ll be tired at the end of each day, but you’ll also leave a better shooter than you were before.”

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From the Vermont Fish & Wildlife Department - Vermont Moose Hunters Had a Successful Season

Kevin Rice takes a 919 lb. archery record bull in Bloomfield

Kevin Rice of South Pomfret, VT with his archery record 919 lb. bull moose he took on opening morning of Vermont’s archery moose hunt.  - VTF&W photo by Steve Schaefer

St. Johnsbury, Vermont - Vermont moose hunters had a successful hunting season according to the Vermont Fish & Wildlife Department. A record bull was taken in the October 1-7 archery moose hunt, and the regular moose hunting season was October 18-23.

“A preliminary count shows that by October 28 the department had received official reports of 22 moose being taken by 54 hunters in the archery season and 147 moose taken by 289 hunters in the regular season,” said Cedric Alexander, Vermont’s moose project leader. He said a few additional reports may still be sent in from other reporting agents.
“Vermont’s moose population is being managed scientifically, according to a plan developed on sound wildlife biology and input from the public... more on moose hunting in Vermont ...

From the Vermont Fish & Wildlife Department - Vermont’s Rifle Deer Season Starts Saturday, Nov. 15

Youth deer hunting image from the Vermont Fish & Wildlife Department website MONTPELIER, Vt. -- Hunters are gearing up for the start of Vermont’s statewide traditionally popular 16-day rifle deer season that begins November 15 and ends Sunday, November 30.

A hunter may take one buck during this season with at least one antler having two or more points one inch or longer. A point must be one inch or longer from base to tip. The main beam counts as a point, regardless of length. Spike-antlered deer, mostly yearlings, are protected during this season.

“Vermont’s pre-hunt deer population is estimated at approximately 135,000 this year with the greatest numbers of deer found in the southwest, east-central, and northwestern regions of the state,” said Deer Project Leader Adam Murkowski.    

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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 ( 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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Ten-day competitive shooting program teaches the tricks of the trade in Vermont

Smallbore Rifle Shooters taking aim at NRA's National Championships in Camp Perry, Ohio

Fairfax, Virginia - You've been working on your game. Practicing your breathing, sight alignment, trigger control ... everything. But you still can't seem to break into the medal yours. Here's what you need to do.

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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 ( 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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