This is the fourth year that there will be a hunting lottery on the VLT-owned Bluffside Farm. Applications are due September 27.
We plan to issue permission for deer hunting at Bluffside during three periods:
- October 19-November 1: Last two weeks of the archery season; applicable rules apply.
- November 16-December 1: Coincides with the Vermont rifle season, but because of Newport City ordinance, no firearms are allowed and hunting will be archery only. Only deer that can be legally taken during the firearms season (legal bucks) can be harvested.
- December 7-15: Second archery season; applicable rules apply.
These dates are the only dates during which hunting will be permitted. The Vermont Land Trust requires that all hunters carry written permission and hunt only in the designated portions of the property, away from neighboring houses.
Bluffside Farm has become a popular area for walking and will continue to be open to pedestrians during hunting season. Notices will be posted in parking lots, but people should be mindful that hunters may be present during these times. As always, we encourage hunters and walkers to wear blaze orange outdoors during hunting season, no matter where they are.
For more information, contact VLT forester Dan Kilborn (802-371-7503).
Photo courtesy of Vermont Fish & Wildlife Department.