• Digest: Vermont moose hunting applications are now available
    STAFF REPORTS | May 05,2013
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    Vermont moose hunting permit applications are now available on the Vermont Fish & Wildlife Department’s website (www.vtfishandwildlife.com). Printed applications will be at Vermont license agents statewide in June.

    Lottery applications are $10 for residents and $25 for nonresidents. The deadline to apply is July 5. Winners of the permit lottery will purchase resident hunting permits for $100 and nonresident hunting permits for $350. Hunters also will have the option to bid on five moose hunting permits in an auction to be announced later.

    “Permit allocation numbers will not be finalized until a regulation is adopted this summer,” said Wildlife Division Director Mark Scott. “We are making the applications available now for hunters’ convenience. Hunters can look online at the proposed number of permits and Wildlife Management Units proposed to be open for moose hunting.”

    The Fish and Wildlife Department has proposed 355 moose hunting permits for the regular October 19-24 moose season. The 50 permits for the October 1-7 archery moose season are set in a previous rule.



    Be alert for

    moose on roads

    MONTPELIER — Drivers need to be alert and cautious because moose are on the move, according to the Vermont Fish & Wildlife Department. Moose are more likely to be crossing roadways at this time of year, especially after dark or early in the morning as they move from wintering areas to spring feeding locations.

    More moose are hit by motorists in the spring than at any other time of the year. There is another peak of activity in September and October, the breeding season for moose.

    Eighteen people have died in motor vehicle collisions with moose on Vermont highways since 1985.

    “Motorists hit 98 moose on Vermont highways during 2012,” said Col. David LeCours of the Vermont Fish & Wildlife Department. “We are asking drivers to be especially careful and for people to enjoy watching moose from a distance. They can be unpredictable and dangerous if you get too close and they feel cornered or get irritated.”

    Moose are a threat to motorists, but there are measures you can take to avoid hitting them, according to Fish & Wildlife:

    -Always be aware of the danger; moose cross the road randomly, as well as at their regular crossings.

    -Increase your roadside awareness and reduce your speed when you see moose crossing signs along the highway. When on secondary roads, the recommended speed is 40 mph or less in these moose crossing areas.

    -Drive defensively and don’t overdrive your headlights. Moose are more active at night and early morning, and they are difficult to see because of their dark color.

    -If you see a moose ahead, slow down or stop. Trying to speed past them “before they can move” can be a serious mistake.

    Vermont highway sections most frequented by moose:

    -Rt.105 from Island Pond to Bloomfield.

    -Rt.114 from East Burke to Canaan.

    -Rt.2 from Lunenberg to East St. Johnsbury.

    -Interstate 91 at Sheffield Heights.

    -Interstate 89 from Bolton to Montpelier.

    -Rt. 12 from Worcester to Elmore.

    -Rt 118 near Belvidere Corners and the Rt. 109 intersection.



    Outdoor Journal

    talking bears

    On Tuesday, May 7, at 7:30 p.m., Vermont Public Television’s “Outdoor Journal” continues its new season. In the Green Mountain National Forest in Bennington County, researchers collar and track black bears to learn the impacts a proposed wind project might have on them.

    Vermont Fish and Wildlife Department’s annual Grand Isle Fishing Festival at the Ed Weed Fish Culture Station shows kids the joys of angling.

    The Johnson Farm Wildlife Management Area offers recreation along the upper Connecticut River, thanks to a 2012 partnership with The Vermont Land Trust, The Nature Conservancy and the Vermont Fish and Wildlife Department.

    The program will re-air on Saturday, May 11, at 10 a.m. and be available on demand at http://www.vpt.org/outdoorjournal.

    On Wednesday, May 8, the PBS series “Nature” on VPT presents “The Private Life of Deer.” The special looks at how these familiar creatures live when they retreat from our gardens and roadsides into the woods. How long can they live? When do they sleep? How many young can a doe can have each year? Working with scientists, special camera equipment, deer experts and devotees of every kind, the film reveals the hidden world of white-tailed deer.
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