Learn More About Hunting at Free Seminars Offered
Posted on 09/06/2017
For Immediate Release: September 5, 2017
Media Contacts: John Pellegrini 802-793-1894

Learn More About Hunting at Free Seminars Offered

MONTPELIER, Vt. – The Vermont Fish & Wildlife Department will be holding a series of free seminars to teach people more about hunting. The seminars will cover a variety of hunting techniques, along with information about the animals targeted, and will give participants the opportunity to try a new style of hunting or to learn more about a style of hunting they already enjoy. The seminars topics include small game hunting using dogs, white-tailed deer tracking and processing, and introduction to bowhunting.

Participants will learn how to field dress a deer, to hunt birds and rabbits using dogs, or to safely shoot a bow from a tree stand. The seminars will be taught by current Vermont Fish & Wildlife Department staff, as well as the pro staff at Ugly Dog Hunting, Nancy Anisfield and Terry Wilson.

"Both experienced and first-time hunters stand to benefit from these seminars,” said John Pellegrini, hunter education training coordinator with Vermont Fish & Wildlife. “We will provide useful information including practical hunting tips, ecology and behavior of these animals, and how to have a fun, safe experience in the woods.”

There will also be a field day portion of each of these seminars, and participants needing additional assistance can tap into Volunteers from Hunter Education to assist them in being more successful in the field. Dress for the weather, as these seminars have an outdoor portion to them, and will be held rain or shine.

All seminars are free and participants are encouraged to bring a lunch. Space is limited to the first 30 signups and seminars fill up quickly, so signup as early as possible. Go to vtfishandwildlife.com to sign up for the seminars. For more information, call John Pellegrini at 802-793-1894.
White-tailed Deer Tracking and Processing, Saturday, September 16, 2017, 8:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m., Mountain Deer Taxidermy, Northfield, VT. This seminar will feature expert trackers Rodney and Theresa Elmer. They will teach the skill of tracking whitetail deer, and demonstrate how to field dress, process, and prepare a deer for taxidermy. Signup deadline: Wednesday, September 13. 2017.

Introduction to Bowhunting, Sunday September 17, 2017. 8:00am-4:00pm. Booney Club, Williamstown, VT. This seminar will demonstrate techniques for bowhunting, including equipment, hunting tactics, tree stand placement, and tree stand safety. Mark McCarthy of Barre will be the instructor for this seminar. Signup deadline: Wednesday, September 13. 2017.

Small Game Hunting, Saturday, September 23, 2017, 9:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m., Randolph Fish & Game Club, Randolph, VT. The seminar will feature workshops on hunting rabbits with beagles, and hunting ruffed grouse with dogs, Vermont Fish and Wildlife staff Tom Jones and the pro staff from Ugly Dog Hunting, Terry Wilson and Nancy Anisfield, will be the instructors. The seminar will conclude with a shooting workshop hosted by Randolph Fish and Game. Signup deadline: Wednesday September 20, 2017.

Reasonable accommodations for persons with disabilities are available upon request. Please include a description of the accommodation you will need. Individuals making such requests must include their contact information. Please send an e-mail to: Catherine.Gjessing@Vermont.Gov or call the office staff at 802-828-1000 (voice), 1-800-253-0191 (TTY).