Hunters in Vermont took more than 15,000 deer in this year’s seasons, several thousand less than in 2020, based on preliminary reports, according to the Vermont Fish and Wildlife Department.
The final tally will on the department’s website in early March and the department expects that about 15,600 deer were taken, officials said Wednesday. That’s down from a total of 18,991 deer harvested in 2020.
“Some decline in the harvest was expected this year, as we’ve been working to reduce deer numbers in some areas to keep them in balance with the available habitat,” Nick Fortin, the department’s deer project leader, said in a written statement.
Hunting conditions were challenging and the pandemic likely affected the results, too, he said.
“Warm weather and abundant fall foods limited deer movement and made it difficult for hunters to locate them,” Fortin said. “Changes in hunting participation and effort related to the pandemic likely affected this year’s harvest as well.”