Vermont Moose Permits

MOOSE THUMBVERMONT- Avid moose hunters may not be as lucky this coming season compared past years. The Vermont Department of Fish and Wildlife announced they will only be giving out collectively 160 moose hunting permits this year.

According to Cedric Alexander, the moose project leader, last year the department gave out 285. That's equal to 40% less than this year.

Alexander says that’s because the department is below their goals for the population size.

The goal is they want to grow the population back to a comfortable rate. Over the last 10 years, the moose population in the Green Mountain State has declined. In 2006, the population of moose in the state was at 5,000, but this year it's just over 2,000.

Alexander says the decline in population can be blamed on a number of factors that aren’t related to hunting.

“The heavy winter tick infestation which has been affecting the reproductive rate,” says Alexander. “They’re going to get hit by a car.”

Permits for this years season have not been issued, but applications are on the Vermont Fish and Wildlife Departments website.

“Since there’s 10,000 people applying for a limited number of permits, its done through a lottery,” says Alexander.

The drawing for the permits will happen sometime in August.

What to Know on Marijuana Legalization

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Best Places to Work In Vermont

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Ready for Anything

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Smoking Bill Can't Pass House

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Mild Winter Raises Fire Concerns

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Time To Renew Dog Licenses

DOGNORTHEAST KINGDOM- If you have a furry friend, then you need to renew their license. Dog licenses are due for every town in Vermont on April 1st, and if you wait untill after that date you will have pay more to license your dog.

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Sutton School Budget

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Peacham Library Renovations

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Prue Seeks Appeal

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School Bus Safety Concerns

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Jeb Spaulding Interview

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Sick Leave Bill Passes Senate

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Upcoming Sick Leave Bill

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Vermont Bill to Legalize Marijuana

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Importing Firewood Is Sparking a Change

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Act 46 Explained

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VSC Funding

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Senate Leader Looks To Expel McAllister

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Taking Action for Wildlife

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Youth Hunting Weekend

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Lake Willoughby Grant

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Sutton School Water

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Battling Bat Disease

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VSC Name Change


UPDATE- The Vermont State College System has decided keep the name of the system as is.  The VSC Board of Trustees was looking into the change when Castleton State College changed theirs to Castleton University after the addition of several graduate programs they hope will attract out-of-state and foreign students.  

A survey was distributed to faculty, staff, and students that included the original name, three new names, and a section to create a new name.  The majority of those who responded voted for the name to remain the same.

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