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April 2016

Shumlin Names Three to F&W Board

The Vermont Fish & Wildlife Department sent a release announcing three new members of the Fish & Wildlife Board:

Governor Peter Shumlin has appointed three new members to the Vermont Fish & Wildlife Board from Windsor, Bennington and Addison counties.

Tim Biebel has been appointed from Windsor County to replace Steven Adams. David Fielding has been appointed from Bennington County to replace Ron Wilcox. And Patrick Berry has been appointed from Addison County to replace Gary Gibbs.

The fourteen-member Fish and Wildlife Board is a group of Vermont citizens that enact fish and wildlife regulations for hunting, fishing, and trapping. Members serve for six-year terms.

“I appreciate the invaluable role that the Fish and Wildlife Board plays in the conservation of our natural resources in Vermont,” said Governor Shumlin. “The board is made up of well-informed citizen-conservationists who thoughtfully represent the perspective of Vermont’s hunters, anglers, trappers and wildlife watchers.”

Tim Biebel is a general contractor and Vermont native who has been hunting since he was seven years old. He has hunted mule deer, antelope, and even caribou, but still prefers hunting white-tailed deer in Vermont. His love of deer hunting is evident on his colorful and popular hunting blog,, on which he shares stories and photos of deer hunting in Vermont. He lives in Windsor with his wife and four-year-old son.

David Fielding, who works in accounting and finance, is an avid big game hunter and angler. He can often be found fishing his local streams such as the Mettawee and Batten Kill. Fielding enjoys hunting deer in Vermont with bow, rifle, and muzzleloader, and hunting big game across North America. He is a native Vermonter and Vietnam veteran who lives in Manchester.

“Tim and David both share a love of the outdoors and they bring a diversity of age and experiences to the Board,” said Fish & Wildlife Commissioner Louis Porter. “Tim represents the new generation of hunters and anglers who will carry on these important traditions in Vermont, while Dave brings a rich history of public service, such as acting as treasurer for the town of Manchester for 35 years.”

Patrick Berry served as commissioner of the Vermont Fish & Wildlife Department from 2011 to 2014. Now employed as the vice president for philanthropy at the Vermont Community Foundation, Berry spends his free time waterfowl, turkey, and upland bird hunting with his dogs, as well as fishing on Lake Champlain and on local streams. He lives in Middlebury with his wife and two sons.

“Patrick continues to be an avid conservationist and outdoorsman since stepping down as commissioner,” said Porter. “He has a strong working relationship with Vermont’s sporting community and our conservation partners. I look forward to working with him in his new role as a member of the Board.”