From the Vermont Fish and Wildlife Department
-- With the deadline to apply for a Vermont antlerless deer hunting permit Aug. 27, the Fish and Wildlife Department is asking hunters to help by applying online to keep data entry time and costs to a minimum.
Applications must be either submitted online by Aug. 27, delivered to the Waterbury Fish & Wildlife office by 4:30 p.m. that day or postmarked no later than Aug.27. Online applications are found at (www.vtfishandwildlife.com). Go to Hunting and Trapping and click on Lottery Applications.
The permits are only for antlerless deer, which is defined as deer without antlers or with antlers less than three inches long. A hunter who wins an antlerless deer permit in the lottery may take one antlerless deer by muzzleloader in the designated WMU during the Dec. 5-13, 2009, muzzleloader season.
The WMUs proposed to have muzzleloader antlerless permits this year are A, B, C, D1, F1, F2, H1, H2, J1, J2, K1, K2, M2, N, O2, and Q. The 23,725 muzzleloader antlerless permits proposed will help slow the growth of the deer population in these units and are expected to net a harvest of about 4,200 deer. Only about 20 percent of hunters with antlerless permits actually take a deer.
Applications cost $10 for residents and $25 for nonresidents. A person may submit only one application.