March 11, 2019

Vermont: Fish and Wildlife Department Proposes Significant Changes to Deer Hunting Regulations

By Brent Miller, Senior Director, Northeastern States

On February 27, the Vermont Fish and Wildlife Department presented a proposal to the Vermont Fish and Wildlife Board to significantly overhaul certain aspects of the way deer hunting is conducted in the Green Mountain State.

The proposal stems from a multi-year comprehensive analysis of all Vermont deer hunting regulations that examined how to best meet the requests of sportsmen and women, as well as the general public, while still meeting deer management objectives.

Some of the more significant changes in the proposal include:

From now through Thursday, April 4, a series of six public hearings will be held on this proposal throughout the state. For those unable to attend the hearings, public comments are also being accepted electronically. For additional information on the hearings or on how to submit comments, please refer to the Vermont Fish and Wildlife Department’s website.

Studies conducted at both the state and federal level have found that the number of hunters and trappers have been on a generally declining trend over the past several decades. To increase recruitment, retention, and reactivation (R3) of hunters and trappers, which initiative do you think would have the greatest impact?

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