Free hunting seminars held statewide

Signup deadlines start Wednesday, Aug. 17.
The Vermont Fish & Wildlife Department will be holding a series of free seminars to teach people more about hunting. The seminars will cover a variety of hunting techniques and species and will give participants the opportunity to try a new style of hunting or to learn more about a style of hunting they already enjoy.  The seminars topics include Vermont Black Bears from A-Z; Small Game Hunting; White-tailed Deer Hunting and Processing; Youth Waterfowl Hunter Training; Law Updates for Firearm Range Operators; and Advanced Bowhunting.
Participants will learn how to field dress a deer, identify ducks, track a bear, or safely shoot a bow from a treestand. The seminars will be taught by current and former Vermont Fish & Wildlife Department staff, as well as hunter education volunteers.
One highlight of the programs will be former Vermont Fish & Wildlife Commissioner Patrick Berry giving a demonstration on bird hunting with dogs.
“Both experienced and first-time hunters stand to benefit from these seminars,” said John Pellegrini, hunter education training coordinator with Vermont Fish & Wildlife. “We will provide useful information including practical hunting tips, ecology and behavior of these animals, and how to have a fun, safe experience in the woods.”
All seminars are free and include lunch. Sign up at Space is limited to the first 30 signups and they fill up quickly, so signup as early as possible.  For more information, call John Pellegrini at 802-272-2909.
Classes and dates:
Vermont Black Bears from A-Z, Saturday, Aug. 20, 9 a.m. – 4 p.m., Mountain Deer Taxidermy, Northfield, Vt. This seminar covers basic bear biology, successfully hunting bears, and processing bear meat. Signup deadline: Wednesday, Aug. 17.
Youth Waterfowl Hunter Training, Saturday, Aug. 20, 8 a.m. – 5 p.m., Sportsman Club of Franklin County, St. Albans, Vt.  The seminar will instruct young waterfowlers aged 12 to 17 in waterfowl identification, hunting regulations, duck and goose calling, decoy sets, and safe shooting techniques. Signup deadline: Wednesday, Aug. 17.
Small Game Hunting, Saturday, Aug. 27, 8 a.m. – 4 p.m., Randolph Fish & Game Club, Randolph, Vt.  The seminar will feature workshops on hunting rabbits with beagles, hunting ruffed grouse with dogs from former Fish & Wildlife Commissioner Patrick Berry, and squirrel hunting.  The seminar will conclude with a shooting workshop hosted by Randolph Fish and Game. Signup deadline: Wednesday, Aug. 24.
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