BENNINGTON, Vt. (AP) - Vermont wildlife officials have scheduled three public meetings to discuss the status of the state's deer herd.
The Fish and Wildlife Department says it will share information on the 2011 hunting season and the outlook for 2012 hunt.
Biologists will also talk about information gathered from biological check stations on the antler measurements, ages and weights of the deer that were taken last fall.
Preliminary figures show Vermont hunters took 12,132 deer during the archery, youth, rifle and muzzleloader seasons.
Wildlife Director Mark Scott says the department also wants to hear from hunters and other Vermont residents about the deer population.
The meetings are scheduled for 7 p.m. on March 26 in Castleton and Montpelier and on March 28 in Orleans. Two additional public hearings will be held in May.
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