Vermont’s rifle deer season starts this Saturday

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VERMONT — The traditional 16-day rifle deer season in Vermont is starting on Saturday, November 16, and ending on Sunday, December 1.

Spike-antlered deer, mostly yearlings, are protected during this season.

“The greatest numbers of deer continue to be in the southwestern and northwestern regions of the state,” said Deer Project Leader Nick Fortin.

Vermont’s regular hunting licenses, including a November rifle season buck tag and a late-season bear tag (for Nov. 16-24), cost $26 for residents and $100 for non-residents.

Hunters under 18 years of age get a break at $8 for residents and $25 for non-residents.

Hunters who get a deer on November 16 or 17 can help Vermont’s deer management program by sending samples at one of the biological check stations.

The stations at Bennington, Jericho, Swanton, Bakersfield, Newport, Pittsford, Barre, Guilford, and Concord will be staffed from 9:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m.

Each tooth will be cross-sectioned to accurately determine the deer’s age, and to help estimate population size, growth rate, health, and mortality rates, and to evaluate regional differences in ages of bucks.

The results will be posted on the Fish & Wildlife website next spring.

Fish & Wildlife urges hunters to wear a fluorescent orange hat and vest to help maintain Vermont’s very good hunting season safety record.