- Associated Press - Monday, October 31, 2016

MONTPELIER, Vt. (AP) - Wildlife officials say Vermont’s pre-hunt deer population is estimated to be 145,000 this year as hunters gear up for the start of the state’s popular 16-day rifle season.

The season runs Saturday Nov. 12 through Sunday Nov. 27.

The number is higher than the 120,000 deer estimated last year.

Deer Project Leader Nick Fortin says the greatest number of deer can be found in the northwest, southwest and east-central regions of the state.

A hunter may take one buck during this season with at least one antler having two or more points. A point must be one inch or longer from base to tip. The main beam counts as a point, regardless of length. Spike-antlered deer, mostly yearlings, are protected during this season.

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