Vermont officials are considering revamping the state’s deer hunting regulations to better manage the deer population in developed areas, help bucks live longer, and get more Vermonters to try the sport.
The Burlington Free Press reports that the proposed changes include restricting hunters to one buck a year.
Vermont Fish and Wildlife Commissioner Louis Porter says the change will allow bucks to survive longer and develop bigger antlers. The state would also remove the 3-inch antler requirement for taking bucks in the spine of the Green Mountains and in the Northeast Kingdom and add a new antlerless muzzleloader season before the rifle season. It also would add a novice weekend for adults who have never hunted before and crossbows could be used by archery season hunters.