- Associated Press - Monday, May 30, 2016

MONTPELIER, Vt. (AP) - The Vermont Department of Fish and Wildlife says applications for permits for the state’s muzzleloader season antlerless deer hunting season are now available.

The Fish and Wildlife Board met May 25 and set antlerless deer hunting rules for the fall deer hunting seasons.

Hunting for antlerless deer will be statewide for archery from Oct. 1-28 and Dec. 3-11 for muzzleloaders.

A total of 18,950 antlerless permits will be distributed in 16 of Vermont’s 21 wildlife management units for the Dec. 3-11 muzzleloader season.

Vermont deer project leader Nick Fortin says the number of muzzleloader season antlerless deer permits was increased to account for the expected increase in the deer population following the mild winter.

The deadline to apply for a muzzleloader antlerless deer permit is Aug. 26.

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