From the Vermont Fish and Wildlife Department
-- It’ll be easier for hunters in Vermont to locate a big game reporting station now that the Vermont Fish & Wildlife Department has added a state map and list on their website (http://www.vtfishandwildlife.com/) under “Items of Special Interest.”
The map shows the locations of reporting stations for the four big game species: deer, bear, moose, and turkey. A hunter who takes any of these species has 48 hours to bring it to one of the reporting stations on the list. Information is recorded and sent to the Fish & Wildlife Department.
In most cases, the big game reporting stations are small businesses such as gas stations, general stores and quick stops. They receive $1 from Fish & Wildlife for collecting the data on each animal, and many of them say the biggest benefit is attracting people to their businesses.
The information on deer, bear, moose, and turkey provided by successful hunters is important in helping wildlife managers monitor populations of these species, said Fish & Wildlife Commissioner Wayne Laroche. “When correlated with other information, it helps us better understand the effects of winter on deer and turkeys. Information from several years helps reveal trends in populations as well as habitats.”