MONTPELIER, Vt. (AP) — Vermont Fish and Wildlife officials say the successful deer season underscores the health and stability of the animal's population in the state.
Deer biologist Adam Murkowski says hunters took a total of 13,590 deer — an increase over the last three years' averages.
The count includes deer harvested during archery, rifle and muzzleloader seasons and the 1,652 bagged during youth weekend.
Murkowski says deer biologists are still assessing information gathered on age, sex, antler characteristics and overall health of more than 1,000 deer taken during the two-day youth hunt and rifle season.
Officials say a final report on the hunt 2014 hunt will be available early next month.