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 is scheduled for Wednesday, August 5, 2020 from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m.  The meeting will be held via Microsoft Teams on a computer or smart phone. Please download the Microsoft Teams application ahead of time. Participants can also call into the meeting on the telephone by calling: 802-828-7667 and entering: 743579474#
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  • Comments can be submitted electronically to or by mail to Vermont Department of Fish and Wildlife, One National Life Drive, Montpelier, Vermont 05620.

Deadline for comments: Wednesday, August 12, 2020.

Contact Us

Vermont Department of Fish & Wildlife
Commissioner Louis Porter

1 National Life Drive
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Montpelier, VT 05620-3702

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The mission of the Vermont Fish & Wildlife Department is the conservation of all species of fish, wildlife, and plants and their habitats for the people of Vermont.