Thousands of acres of public lands are distributed widely across Vermont. Most of these lands are open to hunting, fishing, and other forms of wildlife-based recreation.
State lands include Wildlife Management Areas, state forests, riparian lands and conservation easements.
- Silvio O. Conte National Fish and Wildlife Refuge
- Missisquoi National Wildlife Refuge
- Green Mountain National Forest
There are 55 TNC natural areas in Vermont and all are open for fishing, and all but one are open for hunting. The majority are open for hunting without permission, but some have restrictions and/or require permission.
Hunting on Private Land
Landowner permission is not required for hunting on private land in Vermont, except on land legally posted with signs prohibiting hunting. Permission is also required on all private land during the Youth Hunting Weekends for deer and turkey.
The department strongly encourages hunters to seek permission from landowners. The privilege of using private land is extended by generous landowners, and most landowners allow hunting when asked.
Hunters or anglers must show their license and leave the land immediately if requested by a landowner, whether the land is posted or not.