Vermont’s archery deer season starts Oct. 7

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Brett Kelley of Poultney, Vt. with the nice buck he took in Vermonts 2016 archery season. Photo provided.

REGION – The Vermont Fish & Wildlife Department says hunters are looking forward to Vermont’s upcoming Oct. 7- Nov. 3 and Dec. 2-10 archery deer hunting season.

A hunter may take up to two deer in Vermont’s two-part archery season with the purchase of two archery licenses. No more than one of the deer taken during archery season may be a legal buck. Antlerless deer hunting is allowed statewide this year during archery season.

In Vermont, a hunter may take up to three deer in a calendar year in any combination of seasons: archery, youth weekend, November rifle season, and December muzzleloader. Of these, only two may be legal bucks, and only one buck may be taken in each season. A legal buck is a deer with at least one antler having two or more points one inch or longer. All three deer in the annual bag limit may be antlerless deer.

Hunters must have a standard hunting license in order to purchase an add-on archery deer-hunting license, except that non-residents may purchase an “archery only deer license.” Licenses may be quickly and easily purchased on Fish & Wildlife’s website at

Hunters planning a Vermont archery deer hunting trip should download a copy of the 2016 White-tailed Deer Harvest Report from Fish & Wildlife’s website. It has the number of deer taken in each town in last year’s deer hunting seasons. Hunters took 3,468 deer during the 2016 archery season.

For more information and a summary of regulations, download the 2017 Deer Season Guide on Vermont Fish & Wildlife’s website.  For more help, email or call 802-828-1000.

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