Last chances for deer in final hunting seasons

Vermont hunters get two more chances for a deer this year during the muzzleloader deer season and the second part of the archery deer season, Dec. 1-9.

A muzzleloader hunter may take one legal buck anywhere in the state. 

An archery hunter may take a legal buck anywhere in the state, provided they didn’t take one in the earlier part of archery season. An archery hunter may take an antlerless deer anywhere in the state.

A legal buck is a deer with at least one antler having two or more points one inch or longer. An antlerless deer is a deer without antlers or with no antler longer than three inches. A deer with 3-inch or longer spike antlers may not be taken during the archery, November rifle, or muzzleloader seasons.

A muzzleloader or archery license is required in addition to a standard hunting license.

Vermont hunters may take up to three deer in a calendar year with appropriate licenses and permits for each season (archery, youth weekend, November rifle, December muzzleloader). The 2018 Vermont Hunting & Trapping Guide has more regulation details and copies are available where licenses are sold and on Fish & Wildlife’s website vtfishandwildlife.com.

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