Archery deer season starts Oct. 7

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Hunters are looking forward to the upcoming Oct. 7 to Nov. 3 and Dec. 2 to Dec. 10 archery deer hunting season.

A hunter may take up to two deer in Vermont's two-part archery season with the purchase of two archery licenses. No more than one of the deer taken during archery season may be a legal buck. Antlerless deer hunting is allowed statewide this year during archery season.

In Vermont a hunter may take up to three deer in a calendar year in any combination of seasons: Archery, youth weekend, November rifle season, December muzzleloader. Of these, only two may be legal bucks, and only one buck may be taken in each season. A "legal buck" is a deer with at least one antler having two or more points one inch or longer. All three deer in the annual bag limit may be antlerless deer.

Hunters must have a standard hunting license in order to purchase an add-on archery deer hunting license, except that nonresidents may purchase an "archery only deer license" costing $75. Licenses may be quickly and easily purchased on the Department of Fish & Wildlife's website, vtfishandwildlife.com.

Hunters planning a Vermont archery deer hunting trip should download a copy of the 2016 White-tailed Deer Harvest Report from the department website. It has the number of deer taken in each town in last year's deer hunting seasons. Hunters took 3,468 deer during the 2016 archery season.

For more information and a summary of regulations, download the 2017 Deer Season Guide, also on the website. For more help, email fwinformation@state.vt.us or call 802-828-1000.

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