Sharing Your Harvest
If you are successful this hunting season, please consider sharing a portion of your harvest with a local food shelf. Check with your local food shelf to see what you need to do to donate. Find a list of local food shelves here.
What to Know Before You Go
Here is some helpful information for this year's rifle season:
2014 Vermont Deer Hunting Guide - The guide includes a map of the revised Wildlife Management Units (WMUs), season dates, regulations, and other helpful information.
2013 Vermont Deer Harvest Report - This report has a wealth of information to help plan a hunt, including the number of deer taken in each town.
Big Game Reporting Stations - Here is a list of where you can report your deer.
Hunters, Ticks and Lyme Disease
Lyme disease has started to become more prevalent in Vermont during the last 5-7 years, particularly in the southern parts of the state. Ticks that cause Lyme disease are still active in the fall in Vermont so hunters that spend time in tall grass, weed, and bushes, along with successful hunters handling a deer, should follow a few simple tick-repelling precautions.
Treat your clothing and gear with permethrin before your hunt, making sure to follow the product instructions. Tuck your pants into your socks or boots to keep ticks from crawling up your legs. After returning from the hunt, check all over your body for ticks including your hair, and shower immediately.
Successful hunters handling a deer should remain vigilant for ticks even after they've returned from the field. Place a pan of soapy water under a hanging deer to kill any ticks that fall off the deer.
All hunters should read this fact sheet on preventing ticks among hunters put out by the Centers for Disease Control. The Vermont Department of Health has a site with more information on Lyme disease in Vermont.