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Hunters weigh-in in Swanton

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"I love deer hunting." said Dan Brosseau of Highgate. 

Brosseau weighed in his 157 pound buck Saturday morning at the Swanton weigh station. Brosseau and other hunters have been eagerly anticipating the 16 day rifle deer season that started with a bang.

"Every year the first day I don't miss it," said Brosseau.

Some hunters were more excited than kids on Christmas morning to get up and go hunting.

"I was up at 3:30 this morning bright eyed and bushy tailed let's go," said hunter Dan Rainville.

Even Governor Peter Shumlin got in on the action. Just a few hours into his hunt Shumlin killed a six point buck in his hometown of East Montpelier. The animal weighed 186 pounds.

Governor Peter Shumlin told WCAX via the phone Saturday, "It was just blind pure luck. I'm hoping it's an indication that there's a lot of deer in the woods and that hunters are going to have a great season."

Amid all the excitement, and following recent incidents like the accidental shooting of a Shetland pony in Eden, officials are reminding hunters to follow the rules.

John Austin from the Vermont Fish and Wildlife Department said, "Really respect the private land owner, they are a very important part of wildlife conservation and maintain a hunting heritage, a little bit of common courtesy and respect goes a long way."

One hunter we talked to says regulations are good. A hunter may take back one buck this season with at least one antler having two or more points one inch or longer.

"I think the three point rule is working in Vermont I really do, a lot of people say no, but I do, we got more bucks," said Brosseau.

Some made the day a family affair, with even some of Vermont's smallest hunters proudly weighing their prizes.

If you missed the season opener, you still have time. The season ends December first.

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