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Hunting in Vermont: 3 Things to Know About Urban Deer Hunting in Cities and Suburbs

By    |   Friday, 05 Jun 2015 02:31 PM

Rules vary from city to city, but Vermont in general has adopted an open mind when it comes to hunting urban and suburban deer in the state. The state offers introductory deer hunting classes in urban areas, and hunting participation rose 9 percent between 2006 and 2011, The Portland Press Herald reported.

Many of these new hunters have gotten involved in the sport as a source of local, ecologically friendly meat, the newspaper said.

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If you’re interested in getting involved in hunting urban deer in Vermont, here are three things you should know first.

1. It’s Challenging
The deer-harvested-to-hunter ratio in Vermont is 13.4 percent, according to Urban Deer Complex. That compares with ratios of 89.1 percent in South Carolina, 50.9 percent in Missouri and 38.8 percent in Wisconsin. On average, deer-harvest-to-hunter ratios in New England states are about three times below those of states in the Midwest, Urban Deer Complex said

2. Hunter Education
While anyone who hunts needs to complete a hunter education course to receive a hunting license, people who have never hunted or even had an interest in the sport also are welcome to take an introduction to deer hunting course provided by the Vermont Fish and Wildlife Department.

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The course was designed to attract non-traditional hunters who are interested in eating local meat but haven’t been exposed to hunting or know how to bag deer.

3. Permits Decreasing
The Vermont Department of Fish and Wildlife reduced the number of antlerless deer permits by half for the 2015-2016 hunting season, according to Grandview Outdoors. This cut followed harsh winters in 2014 and 2015, which reduced deer populations in the state.

This article is for information only. Please check current regulations before hunting.

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Rules vary from city to city, but Vermont in general has adopted an open mind when it comes to hunting urban and suburban deer in the state. The state offers introductory deer hunting classes in urban areas, and hunting participation rose 9 percent between 2006 and 2011.
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