The Vermont Fish & Wildlife Department says antlerless deer hunting permits for the December 1-9 muzzleloader deer season will be mailed to recipients in early November. The department cautions, however, that the permits are in the form of a postcard — so if you receive one, but sure to put it in a safe place until December.

Hunters who will be receiving the muzzleloader season antlerless deer permits are listed on the department’s website ( The Fish and Wildlife Board approved the number of December muzzleloader permits at 12,425 for 15 of the state’s 24 Wildlife Management Units.

“The antlerless permit allocation represents a conservative approach to antlerless deer hunting this fall,” said Murkowski. “Deer herds throughout the state are at or below population objectives. Thus, the number of muzzleloader season antlerless permits for this year will allow for slow growth in the deer herd throughout much of the state.”

Biologists expect hunters who receive the permits will take about 2,200 antlerless deer in the muzzleloader season.

“The winter of 2011-2012 was the mildest recorded in recent decades,” said Murkowski. “It will be important for hunters to continue to manage their local deer herds for deer herd health to ensure the number of deer remains appropriate for the available habitat.”

Image courtesy Vermont Fish and Wildlife

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