Vt. 2013 deer hunting results show healthy herd
MONTPELIER (AP) - The results of Vermont's 2013 deer hunting seasons show the herd is healthy, according to the state Department of Fish and Wildlife.
Hunters in the four separate seasons took slightly more deer than the three-year average.
The results from the archery, youth, rifle and muzzleloader seasons show hunters took 14,116 deer, above the 2010-2012 average of 13,796, the department said.
"The number of deer taken and the weight of deer measured by biologists indicate that Vermont's deer population continues to remain in good health," said deer biologist Adam Murkowski. "Compared to the average of the previous three years, harvest levels rose during the archery and November rifle seasons and remained roughly level during youth season."
A total of 6,711 deer were killed in the rifle season, 3,221 during archery season, 1,706 during youth weekend, and 2,478 in muzzleloader season.
The state issued fewer antlerless permits for muzzleloader season the past couple of years based on the state's management goal to promote a slow and steady growth of the herd in many parts of the state, Murkowski said.
Biological data collected at deer check stations in 2013 found average yearling buck weighed 10 pounds more than in the 1960s and four pounds more than the 1990s.