Vermont wildlife officials prepare changes to deer hunting laws
Mar 7th, 2019 by Keith Worrall 228
Modified Mar 7th, 2019 at 7:41 PM
MONTPELIER, Vt – The Vermont Fish & Wildlife Department is preparing a list of changes to the state’s deer hunting laws, including an annual limit on bucks and an extension of the archery season.
The department is also proposing allowing crossbows for all ages and allowing first-time adult hunters to participate in a youth season, proposed for October.
A formal set of recommendations will be submitted to the Fish & Wildlife Board on March 20 before public meetings in March and April.
Fish & Wildlife Commissioner Louis Porter says the review of the state’s deer hunting laws began in 2013. He says the proposed changes are designed to “increase hunter satisfaction and improve management” of Vermont’s deer herd.
“We listened to comments and suggestions at our annual public deer hearings, and we assessed the effects of earlier regulation changes,” he said.