BENNINGTON, Vt.—Wildlife biologists in Vermont predict there will be fewer deer harvested in this year's rifle hunting season because of a hard winter and an abundance of food this fall.
The season starts Saturday and ends Nov. 27.
Biologist John Buck tells the Bennington Banner (http://bit.ly/tcARwn) the total size of the herd is estimated at 123,000, about 10 percent fewer deer than last year.
Buck said there are more beech nuts, apples, and other food deer eat in preparation for winter. That means deer have more options when it comes to eating, so some hunters may find fewer or no deer at their usual haunts.
Information from: Bennington Banner, http://www.benningtonbanner.com