VT Doe Tag Deadline Nears

VT Antlerless Deer Permit Deadline, Aug. 25th
WATERBURY, VT -- Vermont's deadline to apply for a muzzleloader antlerless deer hunting permit is August 25. The permits are for hunters using muzzleloader firearms during the December 3-11 hunting season.

Due primarily to winter severity and its effects on deer survival, the number of permits was reduced this year to 9,575 for 14 of the state's 24 wildlife management units, antlerless hunting is allowed in most of the state during the archery season, and youth deer hunting weekend hunters may take a deer of either sex.

Biologists estimate 5,224 antlerless deer will be taken in the three hunting seasons.

"This is a fairly conservative approach to antlerless deer hunting this fall," said Mark Scott, Director of Wildlife for the department. "We've been able to reduce deer numbers in parts of the state and meet our management objectives in recent years through aggressively issuing muzzleloader permits. That, combined with severe winter weather, contributes to issuing fewer antlerless permits during the muzzleloader season this year."

Antlerless deer may be taken in 23 of Vermont's 24 Wildlife Management Units (WMUs) during the archery season, October 1-23 and December 3-11. WMU-E is closed to antlerless hunting during the archery season. Youth deer hunting weekend on November 5-6 is an either-sex deer season statewide. Any deer may be taken during this season, regardless of antler length or points.

"Statewide, our deer herd is in excellent health," said Scott, "and proof of that is how well the herd fared during a winter that was above average in its severity. Antlerless deer hunting remains a crucial tool in balancing deer numbers with available winter habitat. We still need to harvest antlerless deer to achieve our management goal of a healthy herd."

Antlerless permit applications for the December muzzleloader season are available on Fish and Wildlife's website. The deadline to apply will be August 25.