The Vermont Fish & Wildlife Department will hold a free seminar entitled “Getting Started in Bear Hunting” in St. Johnsbury on August 17, 2013.  The department hopes to increase interest in bear hunting and to teach bear hunters how to become more successful.

“Bears can be challenging to hunt, but hunters who know where to look and how to hunt them can improve their success rate,” said John Pellegrini, hunter education training coordinator for the Fish & Wildlife Department.

Forrest Hammond, bear biologist for the Fish & Wildlife Department, will lead topics on bear biology, hunting tactics, rules and regulations, field dressing, and trophy and game aftercare.  He will even share a few bear recipes.  Members of the Vermont Bearhounds Association will also be on hand to demonstrate how hounds can be used in bear hunting.

“Now is an excellent time to learn how to bear hunt,” said Hammond.  “Vermont’s bear population is high which means that the opportunity for success is very good.”

The seminar will run from 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. and participants are encouraged to bring a lunch.  Registration is required by contacting John Pellegrini at 802-272-2909 or by email at  Please include your full name, address, and a daytime phone number in the message.  A confirmation letter with directions will follow.

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