Vermont’s muzzleloader antlerless deer hunting permit applications are now available on the Vermont Fish & Wildlife Department’s website (www.vtfishandwildlife.com). A quick-link to the information and application is provided on the home page.

“It’s a really swift and easy process that ensures your entry is immediately entered into the lottery,” said Deer Project Leader Adam Murkowski. “Plus, it saves you postage. We encourage you to use the online application because it is more efficient for you and for us. Be sure to apply before the August 15 deadline.”

Like in the past, a person may apply in the lottery category, or as a landowner. However, it is a violation for a landowner to apply for a landowner antlerless permit if they are posting their land against hunting. Fish & Wildlife says it will be closely monitoring landowner applications and listing permit winners in both categories on its website.

The Fish and Wildlife Board met on May 29 and approved the number of December muzzleloader season antlerless permits at 17,050 distributed in 13 of Vermont’s 20 Wildlife Management Units (WMUs) and to allow antlerless hunting during the archery season in 18 of 20 WMUs with WMUs D2 and E being closed to the taking of antlerless during the archery and muzzleloader seasons. Youth hunters will have the opportunity to take one deer of either sex during the youth deer hunting weekend on November 8-9, 2014.

Hunter success with muzzleloader antlerless permits has been as low as 10 percent in some WMUs and as high as 35 percent in others. Each year WMU-specific success rates are taken into consideration when issuing antlerless permits in order to better manage the harvest of antlerless deer.

Hunters are reminded of the critical role they play in conserving Vermont’s deer resource through the purchase of hunting licenses and participation in mandatory harvest reporting. “Without Vermont deer hunters the scientific management of the deer herd would not be possible,” said Murkowski.

“Biological information such as fawn and buck body weights, antler development, and reproductive data indicate the Vermont’s deer herd continues to remain healthy,” said Murkowski, “but it is still important to harvest an appropriate number of antlerless deer to maintain a healthy deer herd. A healthy deer herd is a benefit to Vermont’s deer, the habitats that support them and to Vermont hunters.”

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