MONTPELIER, Vt. (AP) — Deer hunters will be out in the forests of Vermont again this weekend as the state’s 16-day rifle deer hunting season goes into its second week.

The season that began Nov. 14 runs through Nov. 29.

The sales of hunting licenses are up in Vermont this year and officials expect a lot of hunters to be in the woods.

Public health officials are warning that the virus that causes COVID-19 is easily spread in hunting camps. And the state has banned multiple household gatherings, both inside and out.

As a result, Fish and Wildlife Commissioner Louis Porter said he expected that many hunters are hunting from home this year.

The rifle deer season is in addition to separate seasons for archery and hunting with muzzle loaders.

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