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September 9, 2012

Outdoors Briefs: Sept. 9, 2012

DEC issues hunting guide clarification

Some hunters have been confused by a statement on page 31 of the 2012-13 New York Hunting and Trapping Guide regarding new regulations adopted by the Department of Environmental Conservation, according to a DEC press release.

The text refers to “allowing Deer Management Permits (DMPs, “doe tags”) to be used in all seasons in the Northern Zone.”

This means that hunters who obtain a DMP for a Wildlife Management Unit (WMU) in the Northern Zone may use that tag during any open deer hunting season in that WMU. The only WMUs with DMPs available this year are 6C, 6G, 6H, 6K and 6R.

Vt. bear-hunting season runs through Nov. 14

Vermont’s bear population is now estimated at slightly more than 6,000 black bears, according to the Vermont Fish and Wildlife Department. 

The number of bears has increased during the last two decades and is now higher than the objective of 4,500 to 6,000 bears listed in Vermont’s Big Game Management Plan for 2010-20.

Hunters took 396 bears last year in Vermont. A report listing the number of bears taken in each town during the 2011 bear season is available on Vermont Fish and Wildlife’s website at (vtfishandwildlife.com). Click on “Hunting and Trapping” and then “Big Game.”

Advanced Trapping Course offered

CASTLETON — The Vermont Fish & Wildlife Department and Vermont Trapper’s Association are offering the seventh-annual Advanced Trapping Course Sept. 21-23 at the Edward F. Kehoe Conservation Camp in Castleton.

The course will teach about the biology of furbearers, productive land and water trapping methods, and fur handling techniques. 

Lodging is on-site, and meals will be provided. The cost is $35 per person. Checks must be made payable to the Vermont Trapper’s Association. Participants 15 years old and younger must be accompanied by an adult.

For more information or to register, contact: David Gregory, P.O. Box 451, Lyndon Center, VT 05850; or call (802) 626-4390.

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