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Vermont's archery deer season starts Oct. 2

From the Vermont Fish and Wildlife Department

-- Vermont's archery deer hunting seasons run from Oct. 2 to 24 and Dec. 4 to 12. A hunter may take up to three deer in a calendar year in any combination of seasons-archery, youth weekend, November rifle or December muzzleloader. Of these, only two may be legal bucks, and only one buck may be taken in each season.

In Vermont, a legal buck is defined as a deer with at least one antler having two or more points one inch or longer. All three deer in the annual bag limit may be antlerless deer. Shooting hours are one-half hour before sunrise to one-half hour after sunset.

A hunter may take up to two deer in Vermont's archery season with two archery licenses. Only one may be a legal buck, but both can be antlerless deer if hunting in any Wildlife Management Unit except WMU-E where antlerless deer hunting is prohibited in 2010.

To purchase an archery license, a hunter must show a certificate of satisfactorily completing a bow hunter education course, or show a previous or current bow hunting license from any state or Canadian province, or sign an affidavit that they have previously held an archery license.

Vermont's license fees are less than fees in many other states. Hunters must have a standard hunting license in order to purchase an add-on archery deer hunting license, except that nonresidents may purchase an archery only license for $60.

Portable or permanent treestands and ground blinds can only be used if the hunter has landowner permission. A hunter constructing or using a stand or blind must permanently mark his or her name and address on it so that it may be conveniently and easily read. Landowners are exempted from this requirement.

On Vermont State Wildlife Management Areas, it is illegal to use nails, bolts or screws, including screw-in climbing steps, or wire, chain or other material that penetrates through the bark.

Because additional restrictions apply, hunters are urged to read the entire law governing the use of stands and blinds on page 20 of the 2010 Vermont Guide to Hunting, Fishing & Trapping  available online at or where licenses are sold.

Hunters planning their first Vermont archery deer hunting trip or looking for new hunting areas should get a copy of the 2009 White-tailed Deer Harvest Report and Vermont's Archery Deer Regulations 2010.   A Hunter Information Kit containing both reports and other information is available from the Vermont Fish and Wildlife Department, 103 South Main Street, Waterbury, VT 05671-0501, phone (802) 241-3700, or request by e-mail at Vermont hunting and archery licenses may be purchased online at

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