Roy Kilburn, Founder of The Vermont Bowhunters Assoc.
54 Birchwood Drive Berlin, Vermont 05602
The Vermont Bowhunters Association, VBA, was established as a Vermont Non-Profit Corporation on April 28th, 2011, but its official beginning was September 12, 2010. Six bowhunters met in Danville to discuss the need for a statewide organization that would unite Vermont’s Bowhunters and represent their views and concerns about topics that were important to bowhunting. At that meeting the six decided to form the VBA and to get as many people involved in the process as they could. Soon more hunters joined the group working on the process of forming a legitimate, state recognized association. Even during that process the founders were working on the issues.
One of the first things the forming VBA tackled was the “Archery Only” moose season. The Fish & Wildlife Board’s initial decision was to vote down the season for lack of support. But the VBA persisted, helping get the support needed for the season. Finally, it passed, and 2012 saw the first “Archery Only” moose season.
Other issues the VBA took up were the proposed Early Muzzleloader Season. Realizing the early season could take hunting days from the archery season, we helped get the word out and the Muzzleloader Season was voted down. But our goals are not limited to rules and regulations; we’re much more encompassing than that. In 2015, we worked to lengthen the deer archery season by 5 days.
We hope that the VBA will be a conduit for information on Vermont bowhunting and related issues, ranging from how many deer you see in a given season to what broadhead works best for you. Also, we plan to keep you abreast of archery activities, such as bowhunter education courses, locations of shooting ranges, different leagues, target and 3-D competitions, and much more. Check the Upcoming Events page for more information.
We want to encourage new people to join not only our association but the sport as well. We hope to offer the National Archery in the Schools Program, to sponsor informal gatherings of newcomers so they can get a taste of archery. We also want to work together to find ways to slow the increasing theft of treestands and trail cameras.
The Vermont Bowhunting Association will be an advocate in Montpelier and Waterbury for everything bowhunting related, and will stay on top of important issues, such as continuing the Moose Season and extending the current archery deer season.