MONTPELIER, Vt. – Deer hunters who applied for a Vermont muzzleloader season antlerless deer permit by the Aug. 29 deadline can now go to the Vermont Fish & Wildlife website, www.vtfishandwildlife.com, to see if they won a permit.
Fish & Wildlife announced the winners Sept. 26, after conducting a randomized computer drawing. Permit winners are listed in two categories: regular lottery winners and landowners. Landowners who apply for a landowner antlerless permit are prohibited by law from posting their land against hunting.
“Hunters can go to our website to find out if they are recipients of a muzzleloader season antlerless permit,” said Fish & Wildlife Commissioner Louis Porter. “Knowing early if they’ve won will help them plan their hunting this fall.”
Permit recipients will need to reprint their licenses, which have been reformatted to include their antlerless permits. Paper “postcard” permits will not be sent in regular mail.
A total of 27,000 December muzzleloader season antlerless permits are authorized for use in 18 of Vermont’s 21 Wildlife Management Units, which is estimated to result in 3,914 antlerless deer being taken.
The department says it has several thousand unallocated antlerless deer permits to be used in the Dec. 1-9 muzzleloader deer season after it held its annual permit lottery. These permits can be purchased on the department’s website on a first come, first served basis.
A person who won a permit in the lottery may not purchase a second permit unless they take a deer with their first permit in the December season and then only if they have not reached their three-deer annual limit or two-deer muzzleloader season limit.
“The number of muzzleloader season antlerless deer permits was increased slightly this year to reduce deer populations in some parts of Vermont,” said Nick Fortin, deer project leader for the Fish & Wildlife Department. “Consecutive mild winters in 2016 and 2017 and a moderate winter in 2018 have allowed for deer population growth throughout the state.”
“Harvesting antlerless deer affords Vermont hunters the chance to secure locally sourced food for their families,” Porter noted. “It also helps the department balance the deer population with the available habitat.”