Deer Hearings

This hearing will cover the proposed antlerless deer permit numbers for the 2019 hunting seasons as well as the proposed deer hunting regulation changes for 2020. The proposed rules 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: White River Valley Middle School (formerly Whitcomb Jr Sr High), 273 Pleasant Street, Bethel, VT 05032 | map


2019 Antlerless Harvest and Youth Season Recommendation and Antlerless Permit Numbers 
(Comments on the proposed rule can be emailed to  Public comment period ends May 22, 2019.)

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


Event Date: 
Tuesday, May 21, 2019 - 6:30pm to 9:00pm

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