Proposed changes in Vermont deer hunting regulations received a first vote by the Fish and Wildlife Board at their January 21 meeting in Montpelier.
Three of the proposed changes would take effect this year.
- The first part of archery deer season would be lengthened by ten days – seven days prior to the existing season and three days after.
- Crossbows would be legalized for use whenever a regular bow and arrow could be used.
- Archery and muzzleloader season limits would be reduced from three to two deer.
If passed, a prohibition on the possession and use of deer urine-based lures and other deer fluids while deer hunting would be effective in 2016.
Per the proposal, the department will also conduct a three-year evaluation of the effects of the regulation changes, including gathering more data on the current antler point restriction of at least one antler having two or more points.
A series of public hearings, follow-up board meetings and two more board votes will be following in coming months before any changes can be adopted.
Written comments will be accepted at ANR.FWPublicComment@state.vt.us and considered by the Board when considering whether to put the proposal into effect.