• Stations set for youth weekend
    STAFF REPORTS | October 28,2012
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    Youth deer hunters who get a deer during the Nov. 3-4 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.”

    Youth hunters who bring their deer to a biological check stations will receive a youth hunter patch, be entered into a lottery drawing for a new muzzleloader rifle, and have their picture taken for a Youth hunt 2012 photo album that will be available through the department’s website.

    “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 mild winter combined with good fawning conditions means population growth is expected in deer herds throughout Vermont in 2012. Youth hunters and the adults accompanying them should feel upbeat about the upcoming youth deer hunting weekend.

    The Vermont fish and Wildlife department will have personnel at the 23 biological check stations listed below during the youth weekend.

    The biological check stations listed below will be open from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Nov. 3 and : Barre, R & L Archery; Eden Mills, Ingall’s Market & Deli; Enosburg Falls, Magnon’s; 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, Messier’s Store; Middlebury, Vermont Field Sports; Bradford, Bradford Bottle Shoppe; Newport, Wright’s Sports; West Barnet, West Barnet Quick Stop; Concord, Barnie’s Market; Stowe, Fly Rod Shop; Orwell, Lake Hortonia Country Store; West Brattleboro, Paradise Farm.

    Youth deer

    hunting celebration

    BRANDON — The Neshobe Sportsman’s CLub will sponsor a youth deer hunting celebration Sunday, Nov. 4 at its club at 97 Frog Hollow Road.

    There will be a free barbeque at 3 p.m. for youth hunters and their mentors, followed by random drawings for prizes at 4 p.m. Winner must be present.

    The prizes will include Vermont lifetime hunting licenses. To be eligible, a youth hunter must hold a valid 2012 deer tag. Hunters must register at Dave’s Forestdale Grocery and Deli between Oct. 21 and Nov. 2. Youths must be accompanied by parent or guardian to register.

    Anyone wishing to help Sponsor this event or needing more information call Dan McDonough (802) 247-6127

    Rifle season

    begins Nov. 10

    Vermont hunters are looking forward to opening day of rifle deer season on Saturday, Nov 10. Vermont has more bucks and older bucks in the deer population due to an antler restriction regulation put in place a few years ago.

    Vermont’s traditionally popular season ends Sunday, Nov. 25. One legal buck with at least one antler having two or more points may be taken anywhere in the state.

    The antler regulation for a “legal buck” is designed to recruit more bucks and older bucks into the population. Hunters may take one buck with at least one antler having two or more points 1inch or longer. Spike-antlered deer are protected except during the youth deer weekend. A point must be 1 inch or longer from base to tip. The main beam counts as a point, regardless of length.

    “Vermont’s pre-hunt deer population is estimated at approximately 125,000 animals this year with the greatest numbers of deer found in the southwest, east-central, and northwestern regions of the state,” said Deer Project Leader Adam Murkowski. “Deer populations have benefited from excellent survival during the mildest winter recorded over the last four decades and good fawning conditions during the spring and summer.”

    Vermont’s regular hunting licenses, including a November rifle season buck tag and a bear tag, still cost only $22 for residents and $100 for nonresidents. Hunters under 18 years of age get a break at $8 for residents and $25 for nonresidents. Licenses are available on Fish and Wildlife’s web site and from license agents statewide.

    Contact the Vermont Fish and Wildlife Department for more information. Telephone 802-241-3700 or Email fwinformation@state.vt.us.

    Boaters reminded to

    wear flotation vests

    The Vermont Fish & Wildlife Department is reminding Lake Champlain anglers and boaters that New York State boating law requires all persons aboard motorboats, canoes, kayaks, rowboats, and sailboats less than 21 feet in length to wear a personal flotation device (PFD) while on New York waters from Nov. 1 to May 1.

    New York State implemented this PFD law in the fall of 2009 after a spate of deaths occurred involving people who were not wearing life jackets while boating late in the season.

    Sudden immersion in cold water after falling overboard or capsizing, particularly at water temperatures below 68 degrees, can overcome even the strongest swimmers. It may lead to sudden cardiac arrest or gasping and inhalation of water, the loss of swimming ability and grip strength and eventually hypothermia and unconsciousness.

    “While these laws do not apply to Vermont waters of Lake Champlain, we encourage anglers and boaters to be cautious and safe while on any watercraft as water temperatures decline in the fall,” said Vermont Fish & Wildlife Commissioner Patrick Berry. “Wearing a life jacket, no matter what the season, is the single best way boaters can keep themselves safe on the water, and it can significantly improve their chances of survival should something unexpected happen while boating.”

    The Vermont Fish & Wildlife Department also reminds anglers and boaters that children under 12 years of age must wear a Coast Guard approved personal floatation device at all times while boating on any Vermont water body.
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