MONTPELIER, Vt. (AP) - Permit applications are available online for Vermont's muzzleloader antlerless deer lottery.
The state Fish and Wildlife Board has approved the number of December muzzleloader permits at 12,425 for 15 of Vermont's 24 Wildlife Management Units. They allow antlerless hunting during the archery season. They also allow any deer to be taken during youth deer hunting weekend.
The deadline to apply is Sept. 5. The lottery drawing is set for Oct. 18.
Director of Wildlife Mark Scott said the number of permits will allow for slow growth in the deer herd in most regions of the state. He said this past winter in Vermont was the mildest recorded in decades and the herd needs to be managed carefully to ensure the numbers of deer remains appropriate for habitats.
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