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January 26, 2014

Outdoors Briefs: Jan. 26, 2014

Winter Sportsmen Series meets monthly

NEWCOMB — Got Game?: A Winter Sportsmen Series will meet the first Saturday of each month through April, beginning at 3 p.m. Feb. 1 at the Huntington Lodge.

The monthly series connects sportsmen and sportswomen in the Adirondacks, providing an opportunity for them to swap stories, trade tips and spend time together with a bowl of chili and a beer or hot chocolate, all fireside in the historic Huntington Lodge, a press release states.

Each monthly program focuses on a different game species or sporting technique.

Pre-registration is required. Call or email to register or for more information.

For more information, call 582-2000.

Vt. deer hunting results reflect stable, healthy population

MONTPELIER, Vt. — The Vermont Fish & Wildlife Department says preliminary numbers show hunters took slightly more deer in 2013 hunting seasons than the previous three-year average, reflecting a stable and healthy deer population in the state.

Deer biologist Adam Murkowski says reports from big-game check stations throughout Vermont indicate deer hunters had a series of successful deer seasons in 2013. Hunters took a total of 14,116 deer in the state: 3,221 during archery season; 1,706 during youth weekend; 6,711 in rifle season; and 2,478 in muzzleloader season.

Biological data from the check stations show that Vermont’s deer are healthier than in the past, with the average yearling buck weighing 10 pounds more than in the 1960s and four pounds more than the 1990s.

Murkowski says the 14,116 deer brought home by hunters during the 2013 deer seasons resulted in Vermont hunters being able to benefit from over 700,000 lbs of lean high protein venison.

The 2013 report on deer hunting seasons with final numbers will be on the Vermont Fish & Wildlife website (www.vtfishandwildlife.com) by early February.

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