Young hunters encouraged to participate, report during Youth Deer Hunt this weekend

The Vermont Fish & Wildlife Department urges young deer hunters to help scientific management of Vermont’s deer population by bringing the deer they take during the state’s Nov. 4-5 Youth Deer Hunt to an official reporting station.

At the stations, the animals are weighed, aged and examined by a state wildlife biologist, said Vermont’s deer biologist Nick Fortin. “Examining deer during youth deer hunting weekend is our best opportunity to assess the deer herd because young hunters are allowed to harvest any deer on that weekend, including spike bucks,” he said. Information collected at the stations will help biologists assess the physical condition of Vermont’s deer and help guide future deer management decisions.

Anyone in Vermont age 15 or younger on the weekend of the hunt and who has successfully completed a hunter education course may purchase a hunting license and obtain a free youth deer hunting tag. The young hunter must be accompanied by an unarmed adult over age 18 and who holds a Vermont hunting license. The adult may accompany up to two young hunters.

The law requires the adult to have direct control and supervision of the young hunters, including the ability to see and communicate without the aid of artificial devices such as radios or binoculars. Violation of the youth deer hunting law can result in a doubled fine that is assessed against the adult who accompanies the youth.

Landowner permission is required in order to hunt on private land during the youth deer hunt weekend, and youth are encouraged to secure permission in advance.The youth hunter may take one deer of either sex on youth deer weekend. There are no antler restrictions for this hunt.

Fish & Wildlife will have personnel at 25 biological reporting stations around Vermont between 9 a.m. and 7 p.m. on Nov. 4-5 unless the store closes earlier. Young hunters visiting a biological reporting station will also receive a 2017 Vermont Hunter Cooperator Patch.

The list of reporting stations along with Vermont’s 2017 Deer Hunting Guide is on Fish & Wildlife’s website at vtfishandwildlife.com.

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