Vermonters who applied for muzzleloader doe permits can now find out if they got one.
Nearly 19,000 antlerless permits are being given out for the December season. The Vermont Fish and Wildlife Department says it expects about 2,700 of those hunters will get a deer.
This year, the department issued nearly double the number of doe permits as last year to try to offset the growing deer population that was helped by the mild winter. They expect there will be about 145,000 deer in the state by the time the season starts.
"We're going to have more and more deer next year, the year after. If we don't get ahead of this herd, we're going to be looking at a significant amount of deer that are starting to cause crop damage, getting hit on roads, a lot of things that people don't think about on a day to day," said Col. Jason Batchelder, the director of enforcement for Vt. Fish and Wildlife.
The winners were chosen by a randomized computer drawing.
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