Vermont’s archery deer season starts Oct. 5

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Vermont’s archery deer season starts Saturday, Oct. 5. Photo by Dave Adams

MONTPELIER, Vt. – The Vermont Fish & Wildlife Department says hunters are looking forward to Vermont’s upcoming Oct. 5- Nov. 1 and Dec. 7-15 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.

This year, a hunter may take up to three deer in a calendar year in any combination of seasons – Archery, Youth Weekend, November Rifle Season, 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.

A new regulation that changes deer hunting rules will go into effect in 2020. Hunters must have a standard hunting license in order to purchase an add-on archery deer hunting license, except that nonresidents may purchase an “archery-only deer license.” Licenses may be quickly and easily purchased on Fish & Wildlife’s website, www.vtfishandwildlife.com.

Hunters planning a Vermont archery deer hunting trip should download a copy of the 2018 White-tailed Deer Harvest Report from Fish & Wildlife’s website or go to www.tinyurl.com/y5lbheyx. It has the number of deer taken in each town in last year’s deer hunting seasons. Hunters took 3,984 deer during the 2018 archery season.

For more information and a summary of regulations, download the 2019 Deer Season Guide on Vermont Fish & Wildlife’s website at www.tinyurl.com/y3yk7kuk. For more help, email fwinformation@vermont.gov or call 802-828-1000.

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