State wants hunter feedback on deer population

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The state wants hunters’ feedback on the deer population and last year’s hunting season.

The Vermont Fish and Wildlife Department will hold a series of meetings around the state this month to report on last year’s season and talk about the effects of this winter on the deer population.

The number of deer shot last fall in all four hunting seasons rose 48 percent from 2005 to 12,682.

In 2005, the first year hunters antler restrictions went into effect, hunters took 8,546 deer.

A likely topic at this year’s meetings will be whether the state should return to a three-deer-per-year limit for hunters.

The first meeting is scheduled for tomorrow night in Lyndonville.

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