Learn More About Hunting at Free Seminars

The Vermont Fish & Wildlife Department will be holding a series of free seminars to teach people more about hunting. 

The seminars will cover a variety of hunting techniques and species, and will give participants the opportunity to try a new style of hunting or to learn more about a style of hunting they already enjoy.  The seminars topics include Vermont black bears, small game hunting using dogs, white-tailed deer tracking and processing, and introduction to bowhunting. 

Participants will learn how to field dress a deer, hunt rabbits with dogs, track a bear, or safely shoot a bow from a tree stand.  The seminars will be taught by Vermont Fish & Wildlife Department staff, as well as hunter education volunteers. 

"Both experienced and first-time hunters stand to benefit from these seminars,” said John Pellegrini, hunter education training coordinator with Vermont Fish & Wildlife. “We will provide useful information including practical hunting tips, ecology and behavior of these animals, and how to have a fun, safe experience in the woods.”

There will also be a field day portion of each of these seminars, and participants needing additional assistance can tap into Volunteers from Hunter Education to assist them in being more successful in the field. Dress for the weather, as these seminars have an outdoor portion to them, and will be held rain or shine.

All seminars are free and include lunch.  Sign up at www.vtfishandwildlife.com.  Space is limited to the first 30 signups and they fill up quickly, so signup as early as possible.  For more information, call John Pellegrini at 802-793-1894.

Hunting Vermont Black Bears, Saturday, August 19, 2017, 8:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m., Cambridge Fire Department, Jeffersonville VT. This seminar covers basic bear biology, successfully hunting bears, and processing bear meat. Instructors will be Vermont Fish & Wildlife bear biologist Forrest Hammond, and bear hunter Jim Roy. Signup deadline: Wednesday, August 16, 2017.

White-tailed Deer Tracking and Processing, Saturday, September 16, 2017, 8:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m., Mountain Deer Taxidermy, Northfield, VT. This seminar will feature expert trackers Rodney and Theresa Elmer. They will teach the skill of tracking whitetail deer, and demonstrate how to field dress, process, and prepare a deer for taxidermy. Signup deadline: Wednesday, September 13. 2017.

Introduction to Bowhunting, Sunday, September 17, 2017, 8:00am-4:00pm, Boney Club, Williamstown, VT.  This seminar will demonstrate techniques for bowhunting, including equipment, hunting tactics, tree stand placement, and tree stand safety. Mark McCarthy of Barre will be the instructor for this seminar. Signup deadline: Wednesday, September 13. 2016.

Small Game Hunting, Saturday, September 23, 2017, 8:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m., Randolph Fish and Game Club, Randolph, VT. The seminar will feature workshops on hunting rabbits with beagles, hunting ruffed grouse with dogs, and a demonstration of the use of retrievers in duck hunting.  Vermont Fish & Wildlife staffers Tom Jones and Peter Pollander will be the instructors. The seminar will conclude with a shooting workshop hosted by Randolph Fish and Game. Signup deadline: Wednesday September 20, 2017.


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