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October 23, 2012

Youth Hunters Encouraged to Visit Biological Check Station During the Youth Deer Hunt November 3 and 4

Youth deer hunters who get a deer on the November 3 and 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 November 3rd and 4th.

The biological check stations listed below will be open from 9:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. on November 3 and 4: 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.

Vermont’s big game reporting stations are also shown on a map on Fish and Wildlife’s website (www.vtfishandwildlife.com). Click on “Maps” on the left side of the home page.

Source: Department of Fish and Wildlife
Last Updated at: October 23, 2012 15:26:45