- Associated Press - Sunday, November 2, 2014

MONTPELIER, Vt. (AP) - Vermont hunters are gearing up for the November rifle deer hunting season.

The 16-day season begins Saturday Nov. 15 and runs through the Sunday after Thanksgiving, Nov. 30.

Vermont hunting rules dictate that a hunter may take one buck during the rifle season with at least one antler having two or more points one inch or longer. Spike-antlered deer, mostly yearlings, are protected during this season.

Fish and Wildlife Deer Project Leader Adam Murkowski says the statewide deer herd is estimated at 135,000 animals with the greatest numbers of deer found in the southwest, east-central, and northwestern regions of the state.

The department urges hunters to wear fluorescent orange hats and vests as a way to avoid hunting-related shootings of people.

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