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Young Hunters Encouraged to Participate (and Report) in Youth Deer Hunt November 8 and 9

posted at 2:39 pm Thu Oct 23rd, 2014 by (WherezIt_Staff)

With youth deer weekend just around the corner, young hunters are encouraged to take to the field to hone their skills and to also help Fish & Wildlife biologists by reporting their deer at one of 23 biological check stations around the state.


Youth deer hunting weekend helps ensure that young hunters get the quality training they need for lifelong participation, and it also provides biological information needed to manage the herd into the future.  


“The information collected from deer during the youth deer hunting weekend is vital to deer management in Vermont,” said Vermont Fish & Wildlife’s Deer Project Leader Adam Murkowski.  “Our ability to assess the health of local deer herds increases with the number of deer that are examined at biological check stations.” 

“Managing for deer herd health means monitoring the physical condition of individual deer to ensure they are healthy,” said Murkowski.  “The youth deer weekend is our best opportunity to assess the physical condition of individual deer and examine the demographics of the deer herd as youth hunters are allowed to harvest any deer without antler restrictions.”


The Vermont fish & Wildlife Department will have personnel at the 23 biological check stations listed below during the youth weekend on November 8 and 9.  Youth hunters who bring their deer to a biological check station may have their deer examined and aged by a biologist.  In addition, youth hunters visiting a biological check station will receive a youth hunter participation patch, and successful youth hunters will also receive a 2014 Vermont Hunter Cooperator Patch.


Anyone, resident or nonresident, who is 15 years old or younger on the weekend of the hunt and who has successfully completed a hunter education course may purchase a hunting license and obtain a free youth deer hunting tag.  The requirements apply to all interested young hunters, including the children of landowners. 


The young hunter must be accompanied by an unarmed adult over 18 years of age who holds a Vermont hunting license.  The adult may accompany up to two young hunters. 

The law requires the adult to have direct control and supervision of the young hunters, including the ability to see and communicate without the aid of artificial devices such as radios or binoculars. 


Landowner permission is required in order to hunt on private land during the youth deer hunt weekend.


The youth hunter may take one deer of either sex on youth deer weekend, and the antler restriction that applies in other deer seasons does not apply during youth deer weekend.   


Violation of the youth deer hunting law can result in a doubled fine that is assessed against the adult who accompanies the youth.    


The biological check stations listed below will be open from 9:00 a.m. to 8:30 p.m. on November 8 and 9


Biological Check Station Name




Buxton’s Country Store


Addison County

Po Box 16, Orwell, VT 05760-0016

Vermont Field Sports


Addison County

1458 Route 7 South, Middlebury, VT 05753

Marty’s Sports & Gunsmithing Inc


Bennington County

1679 Harwood Hill Drive, Bennington, VT 05201

Riteway Sports  Inc


Caledonia County

PO Box 1129, Hardwick, VT 05843-1129

West Barnet Quick Stop

West Barnet  

Caledonia County

PO Box 75, West Barnet, VT 05821-0075

Jericho General Store


Chittenden County

PO Box 244, Jericho, VT 05465-0244

Northern Wildlife

Island Pond  

Essex County

550 East Charleston Road, Island Pond, VT 05846

Barnies Market


Essex County

PO Box 254, Concord, VT 05824-0254

West Enosburg Country Store

Enosburg Falls

Franklin County

4582 E Sheldon Rd, Enosburg Falls, VT 05450

Ste Marie’s  Inc


Franklin County

31 Grand Avenue, Swanton, VT 05488

Fly Rod Shop


Lamoille County

PO Box 960, Stowe, VT 05672

Ingalls Market & Deli

Eden Mills 

Lamoille County

4121 VT Route 100, Eden Mills, VT 05653

Middle Branch Market & Deli

East Randolph  

Orange County

2975 VT Route 14 South, East Randolph, VT 05041

Bob’s Quick Stop


Orleans County

6196 Route 14 Irasburg, VT, 05845

Wright’s Enterprises


Orleans County

48 Community Drive, Newport, VT 05855

Mach’s General Store


Rutland County

18 School Street Pawlet, VT 05761

Keith’s Country Store  Inc


Rutland County

PO Box 538, Pittsford, VT 05763-0538

Otter Creek Campground


Rutland County

1136 U S Route 7, Danby, VT 05739

R&L Archery


Washington County

70 Smith Street, Barre, VT 05641-4076

Springfield Professional Fire Fighters


Windsor County

77 Hartness Ave, Springfield VT 05156

Steve’s Bait Shop

North Hartland 

Windsor County

PO Box 83, North Hartland, VT 05052-0083

East Corinth General Store

East Corinth

Orange County

Po Box 185, East Corinth, VT 05040-0185

Guilford Country Store


Windham County

475 Coolidge Highway, Guilford, VT, 05301



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1 National Life Drive, Montpelier, VT 05620 (Set as Local)

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