Rifle deer hunting season is over while archery continues

MONTPELIER, Vt. (AP) — Vermont's 16-day rifle deer hunting season has ended but the archery deer hunting season continues, and a second muzzleloader season starts this week.

The archery season runs through Dec. 15. The muzzleloader season starts Saturday and runs through Dec. 13.

During the archery season, hunters with an archery deer license as well as a hunting license may take an antlerless deer or a legal buck.

In the muzzleloader season, hunters with a muzzleloader deer and a hunting license may shoot a legal buck if they have not gotten one earlier this year. Or they can shoot an antlerless deer in a designated Wildlife Management Unit if they have a muzzleloader antlerless deer permit.

Hunters are limited to four deer during the hunting seasons, including one legal buck a year.