Deer hunting season begins Saturday
VERMONT- With rifle season fast approaching, Forest Service officials on the Green Mountain National Forest are encouraging the public to use caution and to be visible and mindful of their surroundings in the coming weeks. Saturday, November 10, marks the opening day of the white tail deer rifle hunt in Vermont.
Officials want to remind hunters and other forest users that the entire 400,000 acre National Forest is open for hunting. The only exceptions are developed trails and recreation sites. As with any recreational opportunity on the GMNF, all applicable state and federal laws and regulations must be followed.
Check weather reports before visiting the forest, dress properly, and be prepared for the worst possible conditions; tell someone where the hunting area is and estimated time of return. Officials highly recommend being familiar with the area that is being used for hunting. Wear blaze orange and try to be visible from all directions; check hunting equipment before and after each outing, and maintain it properly. Be familiar with the operation of the firearm first before using it in the field; carry a spare set of dry clothes. Use layering techniques to prevent moisture retention while maintaining body warmth; always bring waterproof gear. Have a first aid kit, flashlight, cell phone, food, and water in case of an emergency. Clearly identify your target before shooting to prevent accidents or fatalities. Fire only at clearly identified wildlife and know what is beyond your target. Be alert when hunting near developed areas and trails, and be aware that other people may be in the forest as well.
For more information visit www.vtfishandwildlife.com.