Fish and Wildlife says 2007 fall was good for deer hunters

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The Vermont Department of Fish and Wildlife says 2007 was a good fall for the state’s deer hunters.

Officials say that during Vermont’s archery, rifle and muzzle loader seasons hunters bagged a total of 14,500 deer.

That’s up almost 2,000 over 2006. And the deer are bigger than in previous years.

Biologist Shawn Haskell of the state’s deer management team says favorable winter conditions and changes in deer hunting regulations contributed to the numbers.

The regulations prevent hunters from shooting spike horn deer. The regulations allow male deer to grow an extra year before they can be taken by hunters.

The largest buck taken in Vermont last fall weighed 225 pounds and was taken in Orleans.

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