US Forest Service urges hunter safety in National Forest

November 13, 2021 GMT

RUTLAND, Vt. (AP) — The U.S. Forest Service is urging Vermont hunters to be careful during this year’s rifle deer hunting season that began Saturday.

Vermont’s white-tailed deer rifle hunt in Vermont is a lifelong tradition for many Vermonters.

Hunting is allowed in almost all of the 400,000-acre Green Mountain National Forest. The only parts of the forest that aren’t open to hunting are developed trails and recreation sites.

All applicable state and federal laws and regulations must be followed by hunters in the Green Mountain National Forest.

The forest service is reminding hunters to wear blaze orange so they will be visible to other hunters, and to clearly identify targets and know what is beyond the target.

The forest are also is open during deer season to other lawful uses including mountain biking, hiking and horseback riding.

The forest service also recommends that non-hunters who use the forest during deer season wear blaze orange as well.