Vermont deer hunters had another good year in 2019

January 8, 2020 GMT

MONTPELIER, Vt. (AP) — Vermont deer hunters had another good year in 2019, the Department of Fish and Wildlife said Wednesday announcing the preliminary fall deer hunt numbers.

The 16,479 deer taken during the fall deer hunting seasons was the fourth highest since 2000, the department said.

The deer were taken during Vermont’s archery, rifle, youth and muzzleloading deer hunting seasons.

Deer project leader Nick Fortin said the primary goal of Vermont’s deer management strategy is to keep the deer herd stable, healthy and in balance with available habitat.

“A strong buck harvest following the relatively severe winter of 2019 clearly demonstrates the value of keeping the deer population in balance with its habitat,” Fortin said.

In 2019, biological data were collected from more than 1,200 deer examined during the two-day youth season and the November rifle season.

Beginning in late March, department biologists will be holding statewide informational hearings to share biological information and to listen to any information people wish to share.