After Quebec confirmed its first-ever case of chronic wasting disease earlier this month, wildlife officials say they're working to make sure the disease doesn't spread to the deer herd in Vermont.
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Wildlife officials are keeping a close eye on a potentially lethal threat to Vermont’s deer herd.

Vermont Fish and Wildlife Commissioner Louis Porter said officials in Quebec have confirmed the province’s first-ever case of chronic wasting disease.

Moose are falling victim to winter ticks, whose population is booming because of climate change. The state says some very limited hunting of the big animals should still be allowed.
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The state is proposing to drastically reduce the number of permits to hunt moose as the population continues to suffer from a parasite that has grown more abundant with climate change.

Vermont's rifle season is underway, and hunters have been up before dawn trying to bag a buck. And this year, wardens are enforcing a new ban on the use of natural urine-based scent lures. 

Jason Morin / Vermont Fish & Wildlife

The shooting range at Buck Lake Green Mountain Conservation Camp, where hundreds of young Vermonters earn their hunter's safety cards each summer, will be open to the public next month. The Vermont Fish & Wildlife Department says the Walter Cabell Shooting Range in Woodbury will be open for limited public use during the three weekends leading up to the start of deer season.

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The Vermont Department of Fish and Wildlife has released the list of 2015 big game reporting stations. Stations and Vermont game wardens are listed by county, with phone numbers, here and on the Fish and Wildlife Department's website.

Addison County

State Wardens

  • Josh Hungerford, Middlebury – 989-7484
  • Spc. Dale Whitlock, Middlebury – 388-4875

Deputy Warden

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The killing of Cecil the lion by an American big game hunter in Zimbabwe has enraged many people on social media. It also raises questions about the legal protections and social norms around hunting and poaching wild animals.

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Love it or hate it, hunting is a big part of fall in Vermont. One of the annual autumn rituals is the naming of big game stations around the state. These are the places where hunters take bear, deer, turkey and moose to be weighed and reported.

Big game must be reported within 48 hours of a kill to the nearest game warden or a Vermont Fish & Wildlife reporting station. Below is a list, by county, of wardens and reporting stations for 2014, as well as their towns and phone numbers:

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Erica Berl isn’t a hunter, but she got up early on Saturday and bundled up for a long morning outside waiting for deer.

Berl’s hunt came after the deer hunters, out for Vermont’s annual youth hunting weekend, finished theirs. After pairs of hunters ­– children with their older siblings, a parent or a family friend – heaved deer onto the scale at the Department of Fish and Wildlife reporting station in Swanton, Berl and her team got to work.

Vermont hunters killed almost 250 moose last month, officials say.

The Vermont Department of Fish and Wildlife announced Thursday that bow hunters took 23 moose during archery season Oct. 1-7. During regular moose season from Oct. 19-24, hunters took 197 moose, according to Cedric Alexander, Vermont’s moose project leader.

Alexander said the moose population is being scientifically managed, and the department is also tracking the number of ticks found on reported moose.

John Hall / Vermont Fish & WIldlife Department

Right now, black bear are the only big game being hunted legally in Vermont. But as autumn progresses, so does the big game hunting season. Archery seasons open in October for moose, turkey and deer. Before the end of October, hunters will be out tracking moose and turkey. Deer season comes with much fanfare in November, and continues into December.