New Vermont 2016 Deer Hunting Regulations

Posted by Bruce Carroll on January 1, 2016 in Uncategorized, State News ; Vermont

The Vermont Fish & Wildlife Department several deer hunting rules have changed for the upcoming 2016 deer hunting season.

The first change for 2016 is the archery deer hunting season will be extended by five days.  The archery season will start the first Saturday in October, and will last for 28 days.  Archery season will resume for nine more days beginning first Saturday after completion of November rifle deer season.

The next change is archery season limit on deer will be reduced from three to two in 2016.  No more than two deer may be taken during the archery season only one of which may be a legal buck, not to exceed the annual limit of three for all deer seasons. One legal buck may be taken during the two-part October and December archery season anywhere in the state. Fish & Wildlife will announce if antlerless deer may be taken during the 2016 archery season.

Something else new for 2016 is hunters 50 and older will be allowed to use a crossbow without first obtaining a crossbow disability permit. Hunters 49 or younger will need a disability permit to hunt with a crossbow. The crossbow disability permit is available to a person so physically impaired that he or she cannot operate a standard bow.

This year, as in the past, any hunter who wants to use a crossbow will need the crossbow disability permit.

Another big change in 2016, no person may possess while hunting or use for the purposes of taking or attempting to take, attracting, surveillance or scouting deer—any product that contains any urine, blood, gland oil, feces, or other bodily fluids from a deer, elk or moose.    More then likely this new rule has been brought on because of the growing concern and spread prevention of CWD.



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