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Encouraging landowners to allow hunters on their property

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MIDDLEBURY, Vt. -

The state says there's less land available to hunters, and they're trying to change that.

The Vermont Fish and Wildlife department says amount of posted land has roughly doubled in the last 30 years or so. Hunting license sales have also been declining. Residents bought 73,500 licenses in 2004 but last year, they bought 64,500. Non-resident license sales have also been down too.

And the commissioner says that's because more hunters feel like they don't have places to hunt.

"A lot of people don't realize that that access for hunters helps us manage wildlife resources in balance with habitat. So if you have a lot of land that's off-limits to hunting, it's really hard to keep those animals in check," says Vt. Fish & Wildlife Commissioner Patrick Berry.

Berry says part of their outreach program includes educating landowners and hunters about the resources available to them. Hunters can also access new updated maps on the Fish & Wildlife Department's website that will show them what land they can hunt on: http://www.vtfishandwildlife.com/maps.cfm.

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