Muzzleloader and Archery Deer Hunting Season Goes Through December 9
General Contact: Green Mountain Club Staff Media Contact: Green Mountain Club Staff Phone: 802-244-7037 x10 Posted: 10/23/2007
Hunters and hikers have coexisted happily for generations thanks to mutual respect shown by all. Hunting is a traditional pedestrian use of public and private lands and is allowed on the Long Trail and Appalachian Trail in Vermont. Please note that deer rifle season begins November 10.
Here are some suggestions for hiking safely this hunting season:
Be Fashionable. Wear blaze orange in the woods during hunting season, particularly in November. Blaze-orange clothing should be visible from both front and back. A blaze-orange hat is recommended. Put some orange on your dog! Many outdoor and hardware stores stock items in blaze orange.
Be Heard. You can increase the likelihood you will be heard before you are seen by whistling, singing, or loud conversation. Be especially cautious near roads, in valleys, and within 1/2 mile of trailheads and roads.
Be Aware. Hunters are active just before dawn and just after dusk as well as in broad daylight.
Be Safe. Suggest to your favorite local outfitter that they post this information to inform hikers that hunters are out there. GMC is helping our agency partners raise awareness among all woods-walkers during hunting season, but we need all the help we can get.
Be Wise. Contact the Vermont Department of Fish and Wildlife for more information at (802) 241-3700 or www.vtfishandwildlife.com.
2007 Vermont Big Game Hunting Seasons*
Black Bear Season
Sep 1 2007 - Nov 14 2007
Oct 6 2007 - Oct 28 2007
Also Dec 1 - 9
Moose Season Dates
Oct 27 2007 - Nov 4 2007
Oct 20 2007 - Oct 25 2007
Youth Deer Weekend
Nov 3 2007 - Nov 4 2007
Rifle Deer Season
Nov 10 2007 - Nov 25 2007
Muzzleloader and Archery Deer
Dec 1 2007 - Dec 9 2007