2016 Vermont White-Tailed Deer Harvest Report – 6 Observations

2016 Vermont White-Tailed Deer Harvest Report – 6 Observations

I’ll admit, reading the harvest report is much more fun when I’ve contributed to the harvest statistics. Phrases like, “The overall harvest was 27% more than 2015…” are much easier to stomach if I was part of the increase. It felt like everyone had a better year than me. Cue the violin music.

That’s okay, I’m a better man for it. Let’s take a look at some of my observations of the 2016 Vermont White-Tailed Deer Harvest Report. You can thank me later for the brilliant insight.

#1 Is Calais really “God’s Country?”

Early last fall I passed through the town of Calais, VT en route to a meeting. If I wasn’t the observant type, I probably would have missed it. Not too long ago, I was surprised to learn during the course of conversation with a gentleman from Calais that the town is referred to as “God’s Country.” “Strange,” I thought to myself. “I always pictured God’s country looking a little different than Calais, VT.”

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Hunting in November – How does Vermont Rank?

Hunting In November – How Does Vermont Rank?

As the popular Sesame Street song goes, “One of these things is not like the other…” When it comes to deer hunting in early November, Vermont is certainly the thing in the song that is not like the others. I have often pondered why Vermont doesn’t have an open deer season for the general public during the pre-rut phase, which in Vermont occurs in the first half of November. This part of the rut is considered by many as the most exciting time to hunt bucks, not only because the chances of successfully filling a tag are higher, but because the overall experience is better. Bucks are on the move cruising for does, making scrape lines, and more receptive to calling. That combination can make for an exciting hunt!

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Doe Permits, Turkey Hunting, and Woodchucks.

Doe Permits, Turkey Hunting, And Woodchucks.

Vermont Antlerless Hunt

Wow, what a week of discussion about Muzzleloader doe permits in Vermont. Speaking of does, I was at my parent's house the other day looking out across the field where does and fawns sometimes feed in the light of the setting sun. It was then that I saw a dark spot resembling the figure of a woodchuck sitting where the does usually stand. This came as a surprise to me because I haven’t seen a single woodchuck yet this year. It’s been a disappointing start to put it mildly.

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2015 Vermont Deer Harvest Report–7 Observations

2015 Vermont Deer Harvest Report–7 Observations

2015 Vermont Deer Harvest Report

I admit I get all geeked out when the Vermont Deer Harvest Report is published each year. It’s just that cool. The 2015 report is no exception. On the heels of a tough winter the buck harvest was above average, adding to the intrigue. I’ve been looking forward to it since the sun set on the final day of deer season last fall.

To save you time (or waste it), I’ve made seven observations about the 2015 Vermont Deer Harvest Report you may find fascinating (or useless).

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