Public Meeting

Deer Hearings

This hearing will cover the proposed deer hunting regulation changes for 2020 as well as  proposed rules to amend the current deer management rule.

Changes  include modifying and expanding the timing and duration of the archery hunting season, the creation of a new antlerless deer season, a change to the number of deer that may be taken annually, a new novice hunting season, field dressing requirements for deer, and changes to the current antler-point restriction regime.  In addition, the rules allow crossbows to be used by archery hunters when hunting bear, turkey, moose or deer; deletes sections of the youth deer day and second archery license that are no longer consistent with statute; clarifies the bear rule requirements for tags, and requires the submission of bear teeth within 30 days rather than 48 hours. 

Time: 6:30 - 9:00pm

Location: Champlain Valley Union High School, 369 CVU Road, Hinesburg, VT 05461 | map

Deer Management Rule Change Recommendation
presented to the Vermont Fish and Wildlife Board – March 20, 2019
(Comments on the proposed deer rule can be emailed to ANR.FWPublicComment@vermont.gov)

 

Tuesday, June 4, 2019 - 6:00pm to 9:00pm

Deer and Moose Seasons Hearing

Hunters, landowners and anyone else interested in Vermont’s deer should plan on attending one of the public hearings being held in March and April. This hearing will include results of Vermont’s 2018 deer  and moose seasons and prospects for deer hunting next fall as well as an opportunity for people to provide their observations and opinions regarding deer and moose. 

Time: 6:30 - 9:00pm

Location: St. Albans Town Education Center, 169 S. Main St., St. Albans, Vt 05478

Read the 2019 Moose Management Proposal

Thursday, March 28, 2019 - 6:30pm to 9:00pm

Deer and Moose Seasons Hearings

Hunters, landowners and anyone else interested in Vermont’s deer should plan on attending one of the public hearings being held in March and April. This hearing will include results of Vermont’s 2018 deer  and moose seasons and prospects for deer hunting next fall as well as an opportunity for people to provide their observations and opinions regarding deer and moose. 

Time: 6:30 - 9:00pm

Location: Montpelier High School, 5 High School Dr., Montpelier, VT 05602

Read the 2019 Moose Management Proposal

Wednesday, March 27, 2019 - 6:30pm to 9:00pm

Deer Hearings

Hunters, landowners and anyone else interested in Vermont’s deer should plan on attending one of the public hearings being held in March and April. The hearings will include results of Vermont’s 2018 deer seasons and prospects for hunting next fall as well as an opportunity for people to provide their observations and opinions regarding deer. 

Time: 6:30 - 9:00pm

Location: Rutland High School, 22 Stratton Rd., Rutland, VT 05701

Monday, March 25, 2019 - 6:30pm to 9:00pm

Informational Open House on Wolcott Wild Branch Project

The Vermont Fish & Wildlife Department and conservation partners will host an Open House in Wolcott on Wednesday, February 20 from 5:15 to 6:00 p.m. The Open House will be held at the Wolcott Town Hall prior to the regular Select Board meeting.

The purpose of the Open House will be to go over details and answer questions about a wildlife underpass project along Route 15 in Wolcott on lands owned by the Vermont Fish & Wildlife Department. The project promotes safe movement of wildlife under the road and is being completed through a partnership with VTrans, Vermont Fish & Wildlife, The Nature Conservancy, Lamoille Regional Planning Commission and the town of Wolcott.

For more information on the project, please contact Jens Hilke with Vermont Fish & Wildlife at jens.hilke@vermont.gov.

Wednesday, February 20, 2019 - 5:15pm to 6:00pm

2019 Waterfowl Season Public Hearing

Public hearing on the status of waterfowl populations and proposed waterfowl hunting seasons for the State of Vermont and Lake Champlain zone will be held Thursday, March 14, in Winooski, Vermont.

Time: 6:30 to 9 p.m. 

Location: Winooski High School, 60 Normand Street, Winooski, Vermont 05404. Get Map

Waterfowl hunters are encouraged to attend one of the hearings and share their preferences and opinions about the proposed seasons. The proposed 2019 migratory bird hunting seasons will be placed on the Fish & Wildlife website (www.vtfishandwildlife.com) after the February 27th Vermont Fish and Wildlife Board meeting.  Comments can be sent to ANR.FWPublicComment@Vermont.Gov.

Reasonable accommodations for persons with disabilities are available on request at the Vermont meetings.  Please include a description of the accommodation you will need.  Individuals making such requests must include their contact information.  Requests should be made as early as possible, for example an interpreter must be requested at least two weeks in advance.  Please send an e-mail to:
David.Sausville@vermont.gov or call the office staff at 802-878-1564 (voice), 1-800-253-0191 (TTY).

Thursday, March 14, 2019 - 6:30pm to 9:00pm

2019 Waterfowl Season Public Hearing

Public hearing on the status of waterfowl populations and proposed waterfowl hunting seasons for the State of Vermont and Lake Champlain zone in New York will be held Tuesday, March 12, in Whitehall, New York

Time: 6:30 to 9 p.m. 

Location: Senior Citizens building at the Whitehall Recreation Center, 28 Williams Street, Whitehall, New York 12887. Get Map

Waterfowl hunters are encouraged to attend one of the hearings and share their preferences and opinions about the proposed seasons. The proposed 2019 migratory bird hunting seasons will be placed on the Fish & Wildlife website (www.vtfishandwildlife.com) after the February 27th Vermont Fish and Wildlife Board meeting.  Comments can be sent to ANR.FWPublicComment@Vermont.Gov.

Reasonable accommodations for persons with disabilities are available on request at the Vermont meetings.  Please include a description of the accommodation you will need.  Individuals making such requests must include their contact information.  Requests should be made as early as possible, for example an interpreter must be requested at least two weeks in advance.  Please send an e-mail to:
David.Sausville@vermont.gov or call the office staff at 802-878-1564 (voice), 1-800-253-0191 (TTY).

Tuesday, March 12, 2019 - 6:30pm to 9:00pm

Public Meeting on Chronic Wasting Disease: Pittsford

The Vermont Fish & Wildlife Department and local fish and game clubs are sponsoring public informational meetings on Chronic Wasting Disease which the department says poses a serious threat to Vermont’s deer herd.    

Chronic Wasting Disease infects white-tailed deer, moose and other members of the deer family and has been spreading across the United States and, more recently, has been documented in Quebec.

February 13, Pittsford – Mendon Fish and Game Club, East Pittsford Road, Pittsford, VT 05737
The meeting starts at 6:30 p.m. Hosted by the Mendon Fish and Game Club with light refreshments provided free. 

Wildlife veterinarian Dr. Walter Cottrell will speak about the disease, how it is spread, its effects on deer populations, and efforts needed to keep the disease from entering Vermont.  Dr. Cottrell will describe how the disease has impacted deer, elk and moose in North America, as well his first-hand experiences with the disease when he was a wildlife veterinarian for the Pennsylvania Game Commission. 

“Chronic Wasting Disease is the most serious threat to Vermont’s wild deer herd and our state’s tradition of deer hunting,” said Nick Fortin, Vermont Fish & Wildlife’s deer biologist.  “We are proudly partnering with local fish and game clubs to inform Vermonters about what is at stake with this disease and what is being done to prevent it.”

Wednesday, February 13, 2019 - 6:30pm to 8:00pm

Public Hearing on Proposed Furbearer Regulation Changes

The Vermont Fish & Wildlife Board will hold a public hearing about proposed changes mandated by legislature to the existing regulation on hunting and trapping of furbearers on Tuesday, January 8, 2019 at 6:30 p.m. in Whitcomb JR-SR High School, 273 Pleasant Street, Bethel, VT.

 

The proposed regulation changes can be viewed on the Vermont Fish & Wildlife Department website (www.vtfishandwildlife.com).  Comments may be emailed to ANR.FWPublicComment@vermont.gov  The public comment period ends January 15, 2019.

Tuesday, January 8, 2019 - 6:30pm to 8:30pm

Public Hearing on Fishing Regulation Changes Montpelier VT

The Vermont Fish & Wildlife Board will hold five public hearings in January on proposed changes to fishing regulations. 

The proposed changes may be seen on the Vermont Fish & Wildlife Department website with this link: https://vtfishandwildlife.com/about-us/fish-and-wildlife-board/board-rules, and comments may be emailed by January 24, to ANR.FWPublicComment@vermont.gov.

1/16/19 at 6 pm – Montpelier High School, 5 High School Drive, Montpelier VT 05602

Wednesday, January 16, 2019 - 6:00pm to 8:00pm

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