Free

Hunting, Fishing and Foraging Storytelling Event

Date: Tuesday, December 3, 2019
Time: 6:00pm - 8:00pm
Location: Zero Gravity Brewery, Burlington | map

The event is free to attend, but audience members must be 21 years of age or older.

The evening will feature four stories from Vermonters about their wild food experiences in state. The storytellers will include an avid hunter and retired Vermont Game Warden, a wild food forager, a backyard sugarmaker, and a newly minted angler.

Following the featured storytellers, audience members will be invited to put their name in a hat to have the opportunity to tell their story about hunting, fishing, or foraging in front of the audience. Each speaker will have around 5 minutes to tell their story.

 

Tuesday, December 3, 2019 - 6:00pm to 8:00pm

Wetland, Woodland, Wildland Book Signing

Join Liz Thompson, Eric Sorenson, and Bob Zaino as they celebrate the brand new edition of their book with a fascinating slide show about Vermont’s natural communities.

When: Tuesday, November 12, 2019 4:15-6:00 pm

Where: George D. Aiken Center, University of Vermont, Room 102

Books will be available for sale, and the authors will be available to sign. Light refreshments will be provided.

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Tuesday, November 12, 2019 - 4:15pm to 6:00pm

Operation Game Thief (OGT) Exhibit in Middlebury

Vermont State Game Wardens are inviting the public, and especially young hunters, to visit their Operation Game Thief mobile exhibit from Noon to 3 p.m. at G. Stone Motors on Route 7 in Middlebury on Sunday, November 10 – the second day of Vermont’s youth deer hunting weekend.

G. Stone Motors and Vermont Field Sports as well as other local businesses are hosting a youth hunting celebration at that time with some lifetime hunting licenses, hats, shirts, and other items plus a free meal for kids. 

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Sunday, November 10, 2019 - 12:00pm to 3:00pm

Montpelier Community Wild Game Tasting

The Fish & Wildlife Department, the Vermont Bowhunters Association and Montpelier residents concerned with deer management in their city will be hosting a free Community Wild Game Tasting evening on Wednesday, October 16 in downtown Montpelier at The Garage Cultural Center, 58 State Street from 5:30 – 7:30 p.m.

This local, free event will provide a chance for anyone who has ever wanted to try some wild venison, moose or bear and would like to learn about hunting and deer management.

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Wednesday, October 16, 2019 - 5:30pm to 7:30pm

Halloween Wildlife Festival and Jack-O’-Lantern Hike

Looking for a “wild” family-based adventure for Halloween this year? The Vermont Fish and Wildlife Department is inviting families to attend its annual Halloween Wildlife Festival and Jack-O’Lantern Hike at the Kehoe Education Center on Point of Pines Road in Castleton on Friday, October 25, from 5:00 to 8:00 p.m. 

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Friday, October 25, 2019 - 5:00pm to 8:00pm

Mentored Turkey Hunting Event for Hunters with Disabilities Registration Deadline

The Vermont State Chapter of the National Wild Turkey Federation (NWTF) is partnering with the Vermont Fish & Wildlife Department to host a mentored turkey hunting event on May 18 and 19 for hunters with disabilities, called ‘Wheelin’ Sportsmen.’

Pre-registration is required by March 9, 2019.  To sign up for the Wheelin’ Sportsmen Hunt contact Kaylee Campagna at 802-363-8071, at Vermontwheelinsportsmenhunt@gmail.com, or on Facebook at Vermont NWTF Wheelin’ Sportsmen Hunt.

This events matches hunters with experienced mentors that can share their knowledge in the field result in safe and often successful hunting experiences. Participants are responsible for obtaining their hunting license.  Vermont residents may be eligible to obtain a free permanent hunting license with proof of a qualifying disability at www.vtfishandwildlife.com.

 

 

 

Saturday, March 9, 2019 (All day)

Free Fishing Day

All are welcome to fish on Free Ice Fishing Day. Anyone, resident or non-resident, may go fishing in Vermont without a fishing license. 

Not sure how? Join our Ice Fishing Festival at Knight Point State Park in North Hero, a free event with tips, equipment, and cocoa provided. 

Enjoy! 

Saturday, January 26, 2019 (All day)

Halloween Wildlife Festival and Jack-O’-Lantern Hike at Kehoe Education Center

Looking for a “wild” family-based adventure for Halloween this year? The Vermont Fish & Wildlife Department is inviting families to attend the sixth annual Halloween Wildlife Festival and Jack-o’Lantern Hike at the Kehoe Education Center on Point of Pines Road in Castleton.  The event takes place on Friday, October 26, from 5:00 to 8:00 p.m. 

 

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Friday, October 26, 2018 - 5:00pm to 8:00pm

Volunteer Afternoon at Windsor Grasslands WMA

Volunteers will partner with Vermont Fish and Wildlife Department and Vermont Youth Conservation Corps to plant trees, water new plantings, and remove invasive species on one of the Department’s newest wildlife management areas. Join Department and VYCC staff for lunch and a conversation about the Windsor Grasslands WMA at 12:00pm. We’ll start working on projects at 1pm. Bring your own lunch and come for as long as you would like.

Equipment will be provided but we encourage you to bring your own tools including shovels, hand saws and lopping shears.  Suitable work clothes and gloves are required. 

Windsor Grassland WMA
1192 Marton Road
Windsor, Vermont

Schedule
12:00 - 12:10pm – Opening remarks from Commissioner Porter
12:10 - 1:00pm – Lunch with Vermont Fish and Wildlife and VYCC staff
1:00 - 3:30pm – Project work: planting trees, watering new plantings, and invasive species removal

Background
In 2015, the Vermont Fish and Wildlife Department started a voluntary habitat stamp program to protect, restore, and improve Vermont’s wild places. These are places that Vermont’s fish, wildlife, and plants depend on, places that birdwatchers, hunters, anglers, and others go to enjoy the outdoors. While the Department already manages 145,000 acres for these purposes through funding from hunting and fishing licenses and federal grants, the habitat stamp provides a new funding source to get projects over the finish line.

The first few years of the program have been successful and contributed to the protection of 3,200 acres through acquisition, the restoration of riparian areas, dam removal assessments, working with private landowners to enhance habitat, and the improvement of 8 acres of early successional habitat that provide food and shelter for wildlife.

The Windsor Grasslands Wildlife Management Area (WMA) restoration project is over five years in the making. Like much of Vermont, many features of the property were shaped by its long legacy of agricultural uses. Although the 100s of acres of fields on the property undoubtedly served many generations of Vermonters well, little previous attention had been given to the various water courses that crisscrossed it including several headwater streams that pass through an open field, unbuffered, before joining to form Hubbard Brook. While assessing the property prior to its acquisition by the Department, now retired fisheries biologist, Ken Cox, noted how beneficial it would be to the long-term health of the watershed to restore functioning riparian areas to each of the headwater streams that, in the absence of any natural buffer, were subject to impacts from excessive sun exposure and erosion. Now, five years later, the Department owns and manages the property as a WMA and the opportunity to put his vision to work is coming to fruition. Using funds from the habitat stamp program, the Department has partnered with the Vermont Youth Conservation Corps (VYCC) to battle the many invasive plants that have taken hold of the site and to establish a mix of native, wildlife friendly trees and shrubs in their place along 2.5 acres of land adjacent to the streams. Beyond the many benefits that will certainly be realized from protecting water quality and engaging youths and in this manner, it is hoped that the results of this effort will serve as a demonstration of the positive impact we can have on our environment when the will and funding come together to make it possible.

To register as a volunteer, go to: https://www.register-ed.com/events/view/130994-30-

Friday, October 26, 2018 - 12:00pm to 3:30pm

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