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Rifle Deer Hunting Season Is Over While Archery Continues

Buck in snow
Vermont Fish and Wildlife
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Buck in snow

Vermont’s 16-day rifle deer hunting season has ended but the archery deer hunting season continues, and a second muzzleloader season starts this week.

The archery season runs through Dec. 15. The muzzleloader season starts Saturday December 5th and runs through Dec. 13.

During the archery season, hunters with an archery deer license as well as a hunting license may take an antlerless deer or a legal buck.
In the muzzleloader season, hunters with the appropriate licenses may shoot a legal buck if they have not gotten one earlier this year or an antlerless deer in a designated Wildlife Management Unit.

According to the Fish and Wildlife Department,  Vermont has an annual limit of four deer during its deer hunting seasons, including only one legal buck annually during those seasons. 

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