Barre, VT – The Vermont Fish and Wildlife Department reminds hunters it is easy to locate a big game reporting station by checking the map and list on their website (vtfishandwildlife.com) under “Hunting and Trapping.”
A hunter who takes a deer, bear or turkey has 48 hours to bring it to one of the reporting stations on the list. Information is recorded and sent to the Fish and Wildlife Department.
“The information provided by successful hunters is very important in helping wildlife managers monitor the populations of these species,” said Fish and Wildlife’s Director of Wildlife Mark Scott. “When correlated with other information, such as winter severity data, 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.”
In most cases, the big game reporting stations are small businesses such as gas stations, general stores and quick stops. Many of the business owners say the biggest benefit is attracting people to their businesses.