I agree , there are still alot of does around, not really sure why they cut the tags so much. If anything , more does should be taken.I've applied for one and usually get one every year. Yes Vermont has reduced permits this year not just for the doe permits but the amount of moose permits dropped BiGTIME as well.
Whitetail Doe permit numbers, 2010 = 25,600 - 2011 = 9,575
that ougt to do a lot of damage to Vermont hunting, considering Vermont still has too many does and not enough bucks. (poor buck to doe ratio)
Look at what the new F&W team did to the Moose permits
Moose permit numbers, 2010 = 765 - 2011 = 405
Personally I think Vermont failed to consider the monies they will lose with the reduced amount of permits (Funds we really needed) and further failed to consider the impact on the current deer and moose populations, this reduction will mean an increase in both herds (deer and moose) and the need for more feed but without habitat restorations there wont be an increase in feed and Vermont will slowly see an increase in deer and moose having decreased body weights and sizes,, basically unhealthy, underfed wildlife. Those are not the type of conditions that will help wildlife in Vermont. JMO