September 04, 2013
Vermont Deer Season 2013: Hunting Forecast - 0
Vermont hunters harvested 13,757 whitetails in 2012, including 8,074 antlered bucks and 5,684 antlerless deer. Hunters took 94 bucks that field dressed over 200 pounds (or over 256 pounds on the hoof). Harvest numbers were similar to 2011.
The number of deer in the Green Mountain State continues to grow, and officials predict another good hunting season this fall.
“Hunters will have good hunting opportunities throughout Vermont in 2013,” said Adam Murkowski, deer project leader for the Vermont Fish and Wildlife Department. “Long-term management strategies aimed at keeping the deer population healthy, coupled with consecutively mild winters have led to population growth and ample hunting opportunities throughout Vermont.“
While rutting activity peaks in mid-November, many does are still getting bred in early December, which coincides with the late muzzleloader season.