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What is the Vermont Bowhunters Association doing for you?
In May 2008, Bill Hickok and Roy Kilburn submitted two petitions to the Vermont Fish and Wildlife Board concerning starting an archery-only moose season. Charlie Palmer, an avid bowhunter, and Cedric Alexander, lead moose biologist for the Fish and Wildlife Department, had promoted an archery-only season for years. In March 2010, a formal proposal for a special season was presented to the Fish and Wildlife Board but was defeated. Not deterred, we reintroduced the proposal and in February 2011 it passed. A short time after that victory the Vermont Bowhunters Association was founded.
In 2012, VBA submitted a petition to the F&W Board to extend the bowhunting season from a proposed start date of September 15 to an end date of December 15. That proposal was partly realized, as it was felt at that time that five additional days was all the Department and the Board could stand behind. Recent statements by the F&W Department in the Proposed Deer Rule Changes indicate that they have reconsidered their position and are recommending a large increase in the number of days that we can bow hunt. There are other recommended changes as well that would give us even more opportunities. VBA is in large part responsible for these changes, as over the last few years we have fostered a good working relationship with the Department and Board and have helped their understanding of how important a tool bowhunting can be.
We are happy to be sending two youth between the ages of 12 and 15 to their choice of conservation camps this summer, double the number sent in previous years. They can choose either Buck Lake Camp in Woodbury or Kehoe Camp in Castleton.
We have a booth at the Yankee Sportsman’s Classic every January to give our membership a chance to meet VBA Board members and to help educate the hunting community in general as to what VBA is trying to accomplish. It’s also a great way to sign up new members.
We have petitioned the F&W Board for a youth archery season as well. Unfortunately, there isn’t currently enough support for this proposal. We also started a conversation about a special bear baiting season, but again there is inadequate support for it at this time. We will continue to support these initiatives.
We have several events throughout the year to promote our sport. The West Central Chapter (WCC), based in Middlebury, recently held their 1st Annual “Snowball 3-D Shoot” with a positive response. Thirty-one shooters braved the weather. WCC will host an Open House on April 21 and a VBA 3-D Shoot on June 22 and 23. The VBA will also sponsor a shoot in Morrisville at Lamoille Valley Fish and Game Club on July 13 and 14. We will also have a new event in St. Johnsbury, a one-day 3-D shoot on August 4 at the Caledonia Sportsman’s Club. We also produce the Green Card that has the dates, times, and locations of various shoots throughout the state.
Of special importance, we are excited to announce the Archery Mentor Training Program. This program is spearheaded by the West Central Chapter in conjunction with and sponsored by the Middlebury Parks and Recreation Department. The program launches this May with its first 12 applicants, young people who have completed the Parks and Recreation Department’s Archery 1 Training Program. Two classes will be held to train the applicants on Archery 2 and an Advanced Archery Training Program utilizing compound bows. Through the leadership of the WCC a new group of archers will be learning the ways of the bow and embarking on what we hope will be years of fun and exploration. This is a pilot program that we hope can be exported around the state.
As always, the Vermont Bowhunters Association is working toward the common goal of improving the bowhunting experience for all bowhunters by continuing to advocate for issues that are important to bowhunters and archers throughout the state.
Please contact us for more about what the VBA is doing for you and how you can take part!
Here is a list of helpful links and other information related to bowhunting and archery.
Vermont Fish and Wildlife - http://www.vtfishandwildlife.com/
Vermont Bowhunter Safety Course - https://www.bowhunter-ed.com/vermont/
Contact a Game Warden - http://www.vtfishandwildlife.com/about_us/contact_a_warden
Congressional Sportsmen's Caucus - http://www.sportsmenslink.org/state/vt
Archery Shops in Vermont
R & L Archery, Barre - http://www.randlarchery.com/
Pelkey's Archery, St. Albans - http://www.pelkeysarchery.com/
Moe's Bows, Colchester - http://moes-bows.com/
Linwood Smith Archery, St. Johnsbury - http://vermontarchery.com/
Rack N' Reel, New Haven - http://www.racknreel.com/
Datillio's Discount Guns, Tackle & Archery, S. Burlington - (802) 862-5516
Mart's Sporting Goods, Poultney - (802) 287-9022
Tribal Archery, Williamstown - (802) 522-5332
Elliott's Archery, Sheldon - (802) 933-4921
C & S Hunting Supply, East Middlebury - (802) 388-8401
Top Gun Archery Shop, West Burke - (802) 535-6242