Vt. 2013 deer hunting results show healthy herd

MONTPELIER, Vt. (AP) — The Vermont Department of Fish and Wildlife says the results of the state's 2013 deer hunting seasons show the herd is healthy.

Hunters in the four separate seasons took slightly more deer than the three-year average.

The results from the archery, youth, rifle and muzzleloader seasons show hunters took 14,116 deer, above the 2010-2012 average of 13,796.

Deer biologist Adam Murkowski says the number of deer taken and the weight of deer show Vermont's deer population continues to remain in good health.

Biological data collected at deer check stations found average yearling buck weighed 10 pounds more than in the 1960s and four pounds more than the 1990s.

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