Vermont deer hunters are finding plenty of deer according to early reports received by the Vermont Fish & Wildlife Department.
Reports were up for the rifle season that started Nov. 15 and continues through Nov. 30, with 756 legal buck reports received by the Fish and Wildlife Department on November 19. The average for the previous three years on the same reporting day was 465, for an increase of 291 deer or 63 percent.
Deer season reports are tallied weekly on Wednesdays by the Fish and Wildlife Department, and totals can vary from year-to-year according to the regularity with which reporting stations mail in their report forms.
Preliminary totals for other seasons include (3-yr. average) Youth Deer Hunting Weekend-1,279 (1,106); Archery Season-3,296 (2,048); Bear Season-345 (221); Archery Turkey-58 (55); Shotgun Turkey-599 (553).
"These numbers will change on a weekly basis until we receive all the big game report forms for each animal taken from more than 150 reporting stations in the state," said Director of Wildlife John Austin. "The upward trend in numbers may reflect an increase in deer in many parts of the state, but we won't have an accurate assessment until after completion of the seasons."
Vermont's muzzleloader deer season and the second part of archery deer season occur at the same time, Dec. 6-14.