Deer season yields 3.5 million servings of locally sourced, organic food

Franklin County-sourced venison now in a Washington County freezer. Chronicle photo

The Vermont Fish and Wildlife Department says the final tally for the 2022 deer hunting seasons will be a little over 17,400 deer. Those deer will provide approximately 3.5 million servings of local, nutritious venison.

The buck harvest will be close to 9,600, which will be up from 2021 (9,133) and near the previous 3-year average of 9,482. The final antlerless deer harvest will be around 7,800, also similar to the previous 3-year average (7,651). The archery season harvest, which accounts for much of the total antlerless deer harvest, will be the second highest on record, behind only the 2020 season.

“Hunting conditions were generally good in 2022,” said Nick Fortin, the department’s deer project leader. “Limited fall foods caused deer to move more and spend more time feeding in fields, which made it easier for hunters to locate them. Snow during much of the regular season in November also helped hunters locate and see deer.”

The primary goal of Vermont’s deer management strategy is to keep the deer herd stable, healthy and in balance with available habitat. “Maintaining an appropriate number of deer on the landscape ensures deer and the habitats that support them remain in good condition and productive,” said Fortin.

The 2022 White-tailed Deer Harvest Report with final numbers will be on Fish and Wildlife’s website in early March. Beginning in late March, the department will be holding informational hearings to share biological information and to listen to any information people wish to share.

Categories: Outdoors

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  1. This is good news for the food supply, and I pray that those who bagged game are making optimal use and distribution of it to many in need. None of the wildlife in Vermont could ACTUALLY be deemed “organic” based on the USDA definition, as most of the agricultural crops upon which deer feed strongly (field corn, hay/pasture, soybeans, orchard fruit, small grains, etc.) are not managed under the USDA Certified Organic Standards. Most deer will have consumed genetically-modified and glyphosate sprayed field corn throughout the state and soybeans in some areas, and orchards sprayed with pesticides, and many acres of hayfields are fertilized with non-organic-approved fertilizer products.

  2. As long as there’s no mrna induced synthetic and cytotoxic spike proteins wrapped in nanolipid particles in my veni im good.

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