Deer rifle season numbers up

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It looks like Vermont hunters had a better deer rifle season this year than they did last year.

The Fish and Wildlife Department says it doesn’t have final figures for the season that ended yesterday.

But through Wednesday, nearly 2,350 deer had been taken. For the same period last year, only 1,150 had been taken.

Officials changed the rules this year for what deer could be taken in the hope of boosting the health of the herd.
Anecdotal reports say that’s led to bigger bucks being taken.

Some hunters will have another chance to get a deer when the muzzleloader season opens this coming weekend.

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