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Maine, New Hampshire and Vermont report increase in hunting

December 21, 2020 GMT

State officials in Maine, New Hampshire and Vermont have reported higher participation this hunting season than expected.

Mark Latti, the communications director for the Maine Department of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife, said there were more hunting licenses and more ATVs registered this year when compared to last year.

Maine reported selling 9,952 more residential hunting licenses and nearly 896 non-residential licenses. In addition, there were an additional 4,892 ATVs registered this year, the Bangor Daily News reported.

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New Hampshire officials say there were approximately an additional 4,500 residential hunting licenses and 1,000 non-residential licenses issued since October, the Caledonian Record reported. Vermont saw a slight increase in hunting participation, which had been decreasing at about 1% per year.

“I think what happened was that the pandemic gave people a lot more time (available to hunt),” project coordinator for the Vermont Fish and Wildlife Chris Saunders said.

Saunders said there were not a lot of new hunters and attributed the increase in participation to hunters adding archery or muzzleloader tags to their license.