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Vermont deer hunters had successful 2020 season

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Published: Jan. 3, 2021 at 10:49 PM EST
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MONTPELIER, Vt. (AP) - The Vermont Department of Fish and Wildlife says deer hunters had a successful season in 2020.

While final numbers aren’t yet available, officials estimate hunters took about 18,000 deer, the highest total since 2000.

During the archery season, hunters took close to 5,800 deer, a record for that season.

Hunters weren’t quite as successful during the regular firearm and muzzleloader seasons, but final harvest numbers for those seasons will be close to or above average the 10-year average.

Officials say rule changes likely played a role in the increase, but so did a spike in hunting due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

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