Radio Free Vermont: Friday, November 26, 2004

Friday, November 26, 2004


For Immediate Release exness: November 24, 2004 Media Contact: John Buck


WATERBURY, VT - Early reports from Vermont deer check stations are
indicating that hunters will likely take fewer deer in the
November deer season than they did last year.

As of November 24, the October archery season total was exness thailand 3,189, which is
close to a three-year average of 3,310. On the same
date, the number of deer taken in the youth deer hunt also was on par
at 1,119 when compared to a three-year average of

The statewide exness th total for the November deer season as of November 24 was
2,383, according to the Vermont Fish & Wildlife
Department. An average total on the same reporting day for the three
previous seasons was 3,706.

Vermont Fish & Wildlife biologists examined 597 hunter-killed deer at
17 biological check stations on opening weekend of the
2004 rifle deer season, November 13 and 14.

"Measurements of body weight and antler development were taken at the
biological check stations to assess the health of the
herd," said John Buck, the biologist who chairs Vermont's deer
management team. "Deer were also aged by tooth wear and
replacement to put the weight and antler data into perspective.
Initial assessments of the data indicate the deer are in
good health."

Several factors may be involved in fewer deer being taken in the
November season, according to Fish & Wildlife.

"Lack of snow has been a problem for hunters, fewer hunters appear to
be in the woods, and the deer population appears to be
lower this year in many sections of the state," said Director of
Wildlife Dr. Craig McLaughlin. "The cumulative negative
impact of recent winters has reduced deer numbers, and we may have
underestimated the effects of those winters on the
population. We have, however, reduced antlerless permit numbers to
help stimulate herd growth. All of this will be taken
into account as we prepare for next fall's hunting seasons."

"Deer hunting continues to be a strong Vermont tradition and our deer
resource is very valuable recreationally and
economically," said McLaughlin.
"We will be working ensure the deer population improves in quantity and

Vermont's rifle deer season ends on November 28.

John Hall
Vermont Fish & Wildlife Department
103 South Main Street, 10 South
Waterbury, VT 05671-0501