Hunters are gearing up for the start of Vermont’s statewide traditionally popular 16-day rifle deer season that begins Nov. 15 and ends Nov. 30.
A hunter may take one buck during this season with at least one antler having two or more points one inch or longer. A point must be one inch or longer from base to tip. The main beam counts as a point, regardless of length. Spike-antlered deer, mostly yearlings, are protected during this season.
Hunters are reminded of a new law prohibiting shooting a firearm, bow and arrow, or crossbow while on or within 25 feet of the traveled portion of a public highway. An exception is a Class 4 public highway where it is illegal to shoot within the travelled portion. Class 4 roads are designated on town highway maps.
The new law also prohibits shooting a firearm, muzzleloader, bow and arrow, or crossbow over or across the travelled portion of a public highway.
Fish & Wildlife urges hunters to wear a fluorescent orange hat and vest to help maintain Vermont’s hunting season safety record.
A 2014 Vermont Deer Hunting Guide can be downloaded from the department’s website at www.vtfishandwildlife.com.
Hunters who get a deer on opening weekend of rifle season can help Vermont’s deer management program by reporting their deer at one of the biological check stations listed below that will be open from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. on Nov. 15 and 16:
- Marty’s Sports & Gunsmithing, Inc., Bennington
- Jericho General Store, Jericho
- St. Marie’s, Inc., Swanton
- Wright’s Enterprises, Newport
- Keith’s Country Store, Inc., Pittsford
- R&L Archery, Barre
- Guilford Country Store, Guilford