Biologists Gather Important Information This Rifle Hunting Season

NEW HAVEN, Vermont (WCAX) — The dear rifle’s regular season kicked off in Vermont on Saturday.

“They get some nice healthy looking deer and they seem to report seeing a lot of deer there,” said Alyssa Bennett, small mammal biologist with Vermont Fish & Wildlife.

Hunters can take a legal dollar – if they haven’t already taken one during archery season.

“We have a lot of public land available where people can go hunting and that’s a great opportunity,” Bennett said.

Hunters are required to report deer in person at a big game reporting station during the regular season. This requirement allows biologists to gather important information from as many deer as possible.

“It’s the best way for us to get information about the health of our deer herd and how best to manage them so people have those hunting opportunities. And also, we keep an eye on the impacts deer have on the habitat,” Bennett said.

You can bring deer to 10 biological stations statewide. People I’ve spoken to say they’re happy to do their part.

“It’s just the right way to do it. These conservationists know what is best for the deer herd. That’s their job, they’re there 24/7, you know, to get the data,” said Colin Jennings, a hunter from Bristol.

Hunters say the season so far has presented some challenges that they shared with biologists.

“It’s been pretty tough for a lot of people, you know, the hot weather coming in. I know it’s probably been pretty tough with the ticks,” Jennings said.

Wildlife officials are also encouraging everyone to take the usual precautions — like wearing blazing orange, dressing for the elements — and letting someone know where you’ll be.

Hunters who do not report to a biological signaling post are asked to provide a tooth from their deer.

The two-week season ends November 27.

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