Muzzleloader and archery season Dec. 1-9November 29,2012
BARRE — Vermont muzzleloader season and the second half of archery season for deer are set for Dec. 1 through Dec. 9.
According to the Vermont Fish and Wildlife Department, Vermont hunters are allowed to take up to three deer in a calender year, with the appropriate licenses. Only two deer may be a buck and only one buck per season is allowed.
The department says a legal buck must have at least one antler with two or more points one inch or longer with the main antler beam counting as one point.
Hunters may take antlerless deer during archery season, with the exception of the wildlife management unit in the Northeast Kingdom, but not during November rifle season. Winners of the antlerless deer lottery may take one antlerless deer during the December muzzleloader season and are reminded that the orange postcard that was sent to them earlier this fall is their antlerless deer tag.
The Fish and Wildlife Board approved the number of antlerless permits for December muzzleloader season at 12,425 this year. The department says biologists anticipate that hunters will take roughly 2,200 antlerless deer during the muzzleloader season.
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