Barre, Vt – The Vermont Fish and Wildlife Department will be collecting information on the age and health of Vermont deer at 24 biological deer check stations on Vermont’s Youth Deer Hunting Weekend, November 5 and 6.
“Examining deer during the Youth Deer Hunting Weekend allows us to get a good look at the yearling buck population because spike bucks may be taken,” said Mark Scott, Vermont’s director of wildlife. “It is important to have yearling buck data that can be compared to information from earlier years. Data from the does and fawns taken by youths also will be helpful.”
“It’s a great opportunity to get your deer weighed, aged and have it examined by a state wildlife biologist,” added Scott. “The information collected will help biologists assess the physical condition of Vermont’s deer, and the data about the animal’s age, weight and antler development will help with future deer management decisions.”
All of the biological check stations listed below will be open from 9:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. on November 5 and 6: Barre, R & L Archery; Bakersfield, Bakersfield Village Store; Eden Mills, Ingall’s Market & Deli; Jericho, General Store; Pittsford, Keith’s Country Store; Pawlet, Mach’s General Store; Bennington, Marty’s Sports & Gunsmithing; North Hartland, Steve’s Bait Shop; Island Pond, Northern Wildlife; Danby, Otter Creek Campground; Hardwick, Riteway Sports; Swanton, St. Marie’s; Springfield, Fire Department; Randolph Center, Floyd’s General Store; Middlebury, Vermont Field Sports; Bradford, Bradford Bottle Shoppe; Derby, Wright’s Enterprises; West Barnet, West Barnet Quick Stop; Concord, Barnie’s Market; Waitsfield, Village Grocery; Stowe, Fly Rod Shop; Irasburg, Bob’s Quick Stop; Brattleboro, Paradise Farm Sugarhouse; Orwell, Lake Hortonia Country Store.
Vermont’s big game reporting stations are shown on a map on Fish and Wildlife’s website (vtfishandwildlife.com) under “Hunting and Trapping.”