A Vermont legislative panel plans to weigh in on pivotal changes to the state's deer hunting rules.
Vermont Public Radio reports the Legislative Committee on Administrative Rules will meet Thursday in Montpelier to discuss proposed changes that would increase the number of deer a hunter can kill a year from three to four.
The proposal would also reduce the number of bucks a hunter can kill, from two to one.
Vermont Fish & Wildlife Commissioner Louis Porter says the changes will yield more control over the state's deer population, which has been surging in some areas and declining in others.
He adds the department can also better tailor hunting permits to the needs of specific regions.
If approved, the new rules would take effect in time for the 2020 hunting season.