Rifle Season Deer Hunter Effort Survey

Deer hunter in woods

Here’s your opportunity to directly contribute to the management of deer, moose, and other wildlife species in Vermont.

What Is the Hunter Effort Survey?

This survey is like a diary, where hunters record how many hours they hunted and how many deer, moose, bears, or other wildlife they saw on each day of the November rifle season. 

How Do I Participate in the Survey?

  • If you received a survey card in the mail, please fill it out and drop it in the mail. Surveys were mailed to 10,000 licensed hunters. Please complete the survey as soon as possible after the rifle season ends on November 29, 2020, even if you do not hunt or do not harvest a deer during the November rifle season.
  • Use our online form to complete the survey. Anyone with a Conservation ID can complete the online survey. The online survey will accept data entries for the Rifle Season (11/14 - 11/29) until December 20.
    complete your survey online

How Will the Survey Information Be Used?

This information helps the department evaluate how hunting pressure and the numbers of these animals varies throughout the season and around the state. This helps estimate population sizes in each region of the state, which guides management decisions. Remember if more hunters complete the survey, population estimates will be more reliable, and management will be more effective.

Thank you for your continued contribution to the management of Vermont’s wildlife resources.


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Vermont Department of Fish & Wildlife
Commissioner Louis Porter

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Montpelier, VT 05620-3702

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The mission of the Vermont Fish & Wildlife Department is the conservation of all species of fish, wildlife, and plants and their habitats for the people of Vermont.