Big Game Management Plan 2020-2030 (draft)

The Plan

Vermont’s 2020-2030 Big Game Management Plan will guide deer, bear, moose, and wild turkey management over the next decade. The draft plan:

  • Identifies the issues these species face such as habitat loss and disease
  • Establishes sustainable population and management goals
  • Prescribes the strategies needed to achieve those goals

While these strategies act as a road map for regulation development, the 2020-2030 Big Game Plan is not a regulation setting document.  As a result, specific regulations are not discussed.


The plan is updated every decade and the previous plan is set to expire. The 2020-2030 plan is the culmination of two years of public survey data, biological data, public meetings, and department thinking.

Read the draft 2020-2030 Big Game Management Plan

Public Input on the Plan

A virtual public meeting was held on Wednesday, August 5, 2020 and comments on the plan were solicited. The link below summarizes the comments received and the department's responses.

Big Game Management Plan Public Comments and Reponses

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