Guys, from what I know about the proposed early blackpowder season, it was going to be a doe season only. This may have just been one of the considerations and I can honestly say that I'm not sure what the final decision is.
Actually, this is what I can find about the proposal:
"The Vermont Fish & Wildlife Board last month approved a plan to institute a four-day, fall muzzleloader deer season for Oct. 13-16, 2011. A special permit would be required and only antlerless deer can be taken during the hunt.
Members of the board made it clear that its first-vote approval was simply procedural, a means to get the proposal out for public feedback, and was not a clear indication that it was prepared to throw its support behind the plan.
Two more positive votes are needed to make the proposal law. Prior to a second vote, the board will hold a series of public meetings to get a feedback from hunters concerning the proposal.
In a move that the Fish & Wildlife Department hopes will placate bow hunters particularly those who might object to a muzzleloader season that collides with their October hunt the proposal would also extend the current 23-day archery season to Oct. 1-31. But it would close the archery season during the four-day muzzleloader season.
Scott said called the process a very good random survey of our current hunters in Vermont and said that grouse hunters, turkey hunters, waterfowl hunters and bear hunters all of whom would be required to share the woods with October muzzleloader hunters didnt complain about the new fall season.
Scott said he could not predict how the Fish & Wildlife Board would ultimately decide on the proposal, but said that the survey has delivered a very good, random survey of Vermonts adult hunting population.
I think it showed strong support for increased hunting opportunities for muzzleloader and bow hunters, he said. It showed that hunters support these recommendations because we have too many deer. When I look at the survey results, its a good representation of a Vermont hunter. The impetus for us is to increase hunting opportunities and to make sure we have a mechanism in place to control the number of does in the state of Vermont. "