MONTPELIER-The Vermont Department of Fish and Wildlife proclaimed the year 2010 as one of the best years in a decade for deer hunters.
Director of Wildlife Mark Scott confirmed that the state's deer herd is "healthy and robust." There were between 120,000 and 130,000 deer alive in Vermont at the end of 2010, he reported.
The state reported that the 2010 deer harvest increased 2 percent over the 2009 harvest.
Totaling all four of Vermont's deer seasons-archery, muzzleloader, rifle and youth-hunters downed 15,523 deer here in 2010.