Young Hunters Encouraged to Participate (and Report) in Youth Deer Hunt November 3 and 4

15 October 2018

MONTPELIER, VT- With youth deer weekend just around the corner, young hunters are encouraged to take to the field to hone their skills and to also help Fish & Wildlife biologists by reporting their deer at one of 24 biological reporting stations around the state.

Youth deer hunting weekend helps ensure that young hunters get the quality training they need for lifelong participation, and it also provides biological information needed to manage the deer population.

“We encourage hunters to bring their deer to one of these biological reporting stations so they can directly contribute to deer management in Vermont,” said Vermont Fish & Wildlife’s deer project leader Nick Fortin.  “Examining deer during the youth deer hunting weekend is our best opportunity to assess the deer herd because youth hunters are allowed to harvest any deer, including spike bucks.  Biologists will be able to collect data on age, weight and antler development to help guide future deer management decisions.” 

The Vermont Fish & Wildlife Department will have personnel at the 24 biological reporting stations listed below between 9 a.m. and 7 p.m. (unless the store closes earlier) for youth weekend, November 3 and 4.  Along with having their deer examined and aged by a biologist, successful youth hunters visiting a biological reporting station will receive a 2018 Vermont Hunter Cooperator Patch.

Anyone, resident or nonresident, who is 15 years old or younger on the weekend of the hunt and who has successfully completed a hunter education course must purchase a hunting license and obtain a free youth deer hunting tag.  The requirements apply to all interested young hunters, including the children of landowners. 

The young hunter must be accompanied by an unarmed adult over 18 years of age who holds a Vermont hunting license.  The adult may accompany up to two young hunters.  The law requires the adult to have direct control and supervision of the young hunters, including the ability to see and communicate without the aid of artificial devices such as radios or binoculars. 

Landowner permission is required to hunt on private land during the youth deer hunt weekend, and youth are encouraged to secure permission well in advance.

The youth hunter may take one deer of either sex on youth deer weekend, and the antler restriction that applies in other deer seasons does not apply during youth deer weekend.  

Violation of the youth deer hunting law can result in a doubled fine that is assessed against the adult who accompanies the youth.    

 

The biological reporting stations below will be open from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. on November 3 and 4

Business Name

ADDRESS

TOWN

A&B Beverage Redemption

193 US Route 2

Grand Isle

Guilford Country Store

475 Coolidge Highway

Guilford

Buxton’s Country Store

499 Main Street

Orwell

Thetford Center Village Store

3956 Vermont 113

Thetford

The Old Fishing Hole

81 Bridge Street

Morristown

West Enosburg Country Store

2394 West Enosburg Rd

Enosburg Falls

Jericho General Store

53 Vermont 15

Jericho

Keith’s Country Store, Inc

4085, Route7

Pittsford

Rack N Reel

5343, Ethan Allen H

New Haven  

Locust Creek Outfitters

1815 River Street

Bethel

Marty’s Sports & Gunsmithing Inc

1679 Harwood Hill Drive

Bennington

R&L Archery

70 Smith Street

Barre

Rick’s Gun Shop

77 Brook Road

East Burke  

Riteway Sports, Inc

241 Wolcott Street

Hardwick

Ste Marie’s Market

31 Grand Avenue

Swanton

Singleton’s Store

356 Main Street

Proctorsville

Rte 110 Quick Stop

325 Rte 110

Chelsea

Vermont Field Sports

1458 Route 7 South

Middlebury

Wright’s Enterprises

48 Community Drive

Newport

Grant’s Village Store

8 East Street

Middletown Springs  

C&S Beverage & Dairy

157 VT Rte 100N

Wilmington

West Barnet Quick Stop

113 West Main St

West Barnet  

Steve’s Bait Shop

8 Rockwood Street

North Hartland 

Barnies Market

167 Main Street

Concord

Vermont’s 2018 Deer Hunting Guide, with regulations and other helpful information, is on Fish & Wildlife’s website (www.vtfishandwildlife.com).

For Immediate Release: October 15, 2018

Media Contact: Nick Fortin 802-786-3860, Scott Darling 802-786-3862, Mark Scott 802-777-4217

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Vermont Department of Fish & Wildlife
Commissioner Louis Porter

1 National Life Drive
Fish & Wildlife LogoDewey Building
Montpelier, VT 05620-3208
802-828-1000
fwinformation@vermont.gov

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