Youth deer hunters who get a deer on the November 9 and 10 youth deer hunting weekend can help Vermont’s deer management program by reporting their deer at one of 23 biological check stations around the state.

Youth deer hunting weekend helps ensure that young hunters get the quality training they need for lifelong participation, and it also provides biological information needed to manage the herd into the future.

“The information collected from deer during the youth deer hunting weekend is vital to deer management in Vermont,” said Vermont Fish & Wildlife’s Deer Project Leader Adam Murkowski.  “Our ability to assess the health of local deer herds increases with the number of deer that are examined at biological check stations.”

“Managing for deer herd health means monitoring the physical condition of individual deer to ensure they are healthy,” said Murkowski.  “The Youth Deer Weekend is our best opportunity to assess the physical condition of individual deer and examine the demographics of the deer herd as youth hunters are allowed to harvest any deer without sex or antler restrictions.”

The Vermont fish & Wildlife department will have personnel at the 23 biological check stations listed below during the youth weekend November 9 and 10.  Youth hunters who bring their deer to a biological check station may have their deer examined and aged by a biologist.  In addition, youth hunters visiting a biological check station November 9 and 10 will receive a youth hunter participation patch and successful youth hunters will also receive a 2013 Vermont Hunter Cooperator Patch.

The biological check stations listed below will be open from 9:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m. on November 9 and 10:

Barre, R & L Archery; Eden Mills, Ingall’s Market & Deli; Bakersfield,  Bakersfield Village Market; Irasburg, Bob’s Quick Stop; 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; East Randolph, Middle Branch Market and Deli; Middlebury, Vermont Field Sports; Bradford, Bradford Bottle Shoppe; Newport, Wright’s Sports; McIndoes Falls, Paul’s Whistle Stop; Concord, Barnie’s Market; Stowe, Fly Rod Shop; Orwell, Buxton’s Country Store; West Brattleboro, Paradise Farm Surgarhouse.

Logo courtesy Vermont Fish & Wildlife Department

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