Strong Fall Fishing Season and Deer Hunting Season Outlook

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According to Vermont Fish and Wildlife’s Director of Fisheries, Eric Palmer, some of the years best fishing is yet to be had.

“Enjoy the fall colors. The fish are feeding. It’s a great experience overall. For the folks who like to fish for bass, this is a good time of year,” Palmer said.

As we enter October the lake surface temperatures are cooling, allowing fish who normally swim in the cool deep waters to come to the surface. And for fly fishing, now is a good time too.

“Landlocked salmon being on of the primary fall spawner. You can go up the Clyde River this month and see some beautiful salmon in the river,” Palmer said.

While no new fishing regulations are hitting the books for 2016 or 2017, a new regulation did just hit the books for those hunting deer this season.

“Hunters age 50 and older are able to archery hunt with cross bows,” according to Tom Rogers with Vermont Fish and Wildlife.

The change in the law has made for a positive impact on local businesses as well.

“Archery dealers in Vermont are saying  it has been a banner year for cross bow sales. We are expecting more people out in the woods, enjoying deer hunting in Vermont,” Rogers said.

Having more hunters out this season isn’t a bad thing either because of the exploding deer population.

“We are estimating the deer population has grown by 20,000 to around 145,000 state wide,” Rogers said.

Vermont Fish and Wildlife believe last winter’s mild conditions are a major factor in the high increase in this year’s deer population.

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