Vermont Wildlife events planned for March

Sunday, March 20 at 1 p.m. — MONTPELIER — Hunters, landowners and anyone else interested in Vermont wildlife should plan on attending one of the three events hosted by the Vermont Fish and Wildlife Department in late March.

Each March the department holds three public hearings to provide the results of the deer hunting seasons and receive public input on the status of Vermont’s deer herd. This year, two of the hearings will be held on weekend afternoons, and they will also feature management of black bear, wild turkey, moose, and furbearers as well as a discussion of Vermont’s wildlife habitat.  These two Wildlife Open Houses will also include several poster displays of various wildlife-related topics.

The hearings will still include results of Vermont’s 2015 deer and moose seasons and prospects for deer and moose hunting next fall as well as an opportunity for hunters to provide their observations and opinions about the status of these big game animals.

The three meetings will also serve as public hearings to review the 2015 moose hunting season and to provide feedback on the number of moose permits recommended for 2016.

“We are offering these March Wildlife Open House meetings in Castleton and Montpelier as a means of presenting and discussing the other game management programs,” said Scott Darling, wildlife management program manager. “While the focus on deer is understandable, there are many other important wildlife management efforts, including our work to conserve and manage habitat, that are also worthy of the public’s attention.”

Wildlife Open House meetings:

Sunday, March 20, 1-5 p.m. Kehoe Conservation Camp, 636 Point of Pines Rd., Castleton

Saturday, March 26, 1-5 pm, Montpelier High School, 5 High School Drive, Montpelier

The additional deer and moose meeting will be held Wednesday, March 23, 6:30-8:30 p.m. at Lake Region Union High School, 317 Lake Region Rd., Orleans.

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