Each year thousands of antlerless deer permits are issued for the Muzzleloader Hunting Season. Applications are generally available in June.
Wildlife Management Unit-specific success rates are considered when issuing antlerless permits to better manage the harvest of antlerless deer. Harvesting an appropriate number of antlerless deer is important to maintaining a healthy deer herd. A healthy deer herd benefits Vermont’s deer, the habitats that support them and Vermont hunters.
Hunters play a critical role in conserving Vermont’s deer resource through the purchase of hunting licenses and participation in mandatory harvest reporting. Without Vermont deer hunters the scientific management of the deer herd would not be possible.
White-tailed deer are one of the most studied and talked about species in the state. Here are some helpful links to learn how we manage the state’s deer herd and habitat.