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September 1st, 2014

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Hunter Ed Courses Offered

It’s back to school season … for would-be hunters. With most hunting seasons just around the corner, the Vermont Fish & Wildlife Department is urging new hunters to sign up now for a hunter education course. Classes fill up quickly, but securing a spot is easy with Fish & Wildlife’s online Hunter Education Program registration system. All w...

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Vermont Has Two Bear Hunting Seasons

Vermont has two bear hunting seasons. The early bear hunting season, which requires a special bear tag, starts September 1 and continues through November 14. The late bear season begins November 15 and continues through November 23. The bear tag that comes with a hunting license is for use during the late season, which partially overlaps with the N...

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VT Agency of Natural Resources Announces Berlin Pond Decision

The Vermont Department of Environmental Conservation recently announced its decision to grant the City of Montpelier’s petition to restrict use of Berlin Pond, in part, and to deny the Citizens to Protect Berlin Pond petition. The Department found that all internal combustion motors should be prohibited from use on the pond because of the risks the...

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Vermont’s Migratory Bird Hunting Seasons Are Announced

The Vermont Fish & Wildlife Board approved the 2014 migratory bird hunting season dates at its August 13 meeting in Montpelier. A printable copy of the regulations can be downloaded from the Vermont Fish & Wildlife Department website (www.vtfishandwildlife.com). A printed version also will be available from license agents and post offices i...

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Peregrine Falcon Nesting Cliffs Reopened for Hikers

At least 37 pairs of peregrine falcons nested in Vermont this year, with at least 27 pairs successfully producing 50 or more young. VTF&W photo by C.P. Merrill.   Vermont Fish & Wildlife has reopened the cliffs closed to hiking and access earlier this spring to protect nesting peregrine falcons. “The young peregrines have fledged, and...

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Antlerless Deer Permit Application Deadline is Aug. 15

  The deadline to apply for a Vermont muzzleloader antlerless deer hunting permit is fast approaching – August 15. Hunters can apply on the Vermont Fish & Wildlife Department’s website (www.vtfishandwildlife.com). A quick-link to the information and application is provided on the home page. Or, they can apply with a paper application avail...

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Seminars Announced for First-Time Hunters

  Are you a brand new hunter or archer with no mentor to guide you in your first hunting experience? Do you lack the skills to properly field dress and process your first deer? If so, the Vermont Fish & Wildlife Department has a solution for you. The department is holding a series of free seminars covering the basics to get you started in...

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Jason Corliss Takes Second Thunder Road Late Model Win

  Barre’s Jason Corliss claimed his second career Thunder Road Late Model win and became the first repeat winner in the division for 2014 during Safelite Auto Glass night on Thursday, July 24. Corliss came from the ninth starting spot and got under Lt. Governor Phil Scott late in the 50-lap event to gain the lead and eventually the win. Young...

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Vermont Turkey Brood Survey Starts Aug. 1

  VT Fish & Wildlife photo.   Wild turkeys are found throughout most of Vermont, but their reproductive success is monitored annually by the Vermont Fish & Wildlife Department with a little help from “citizen scientists” who report the number and size of turkey families they see during August. Fish & Wildlife is again asking the pu...

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Eating Wild-Caught Fish Can be Healthy for You and the Environment

Photo by Tom Rogers, Vermont Fish & Wildlife Department.     Fishing is a favorite summer pastime among Vermonters and visitors to the state for good reason—fish tastes great. While anglers may enjoy fishing as a chance to get in the outdoors with friends and family, many also appreciate the benefit of bringing their catch home for a...

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