Hunting and Trapping Opportunities

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Vermont is one of the most rural states in the country, and Vermonters have a proud heritage of living close to the land. Hunting and trapping are highly regulated and provide a way to connect with the land, connect with nature, and connect with a healthy, sustainable food source.

Black Bear

Black BearVermont's most reclusive big-game animal is remarkably abundant. Vermont has one of the densest black bear populations in the country, most commonly found in the Green Mountains and Northeast Kingdom.

Crossbow Hunting

women with crossbowAny person 50 years or older may use a crossbow during any season when the use of bow and arrow is permitted.

Furbearers and Trapping

BeaverFurbearer refers to mammals that traditionally have been hunted and trapped primarily for fur. Furbearers that are legally harvested for human use are always common and abundant.

Moose

Bull MooseFor many hunters, drawing a coveted moose hunting permit is the hunt of a lifetime. Moose are managed through a permit lottery system, by management unit, allowing the department to limit or expand the harvest numbers annually by region.

Small Game

Cottontail RabbitVermont's varied habitats are home to locally abundant populations of cottontail rabbits, snowshoe hare, and gray squirrels.

Upland Game Birds

Ruffed GrouseVermont offers some of the best upland game bird hunting in New England, particularly in the Northeast Kingdom.

Waterfowl

Canada gooseWaterfowl hunters will find some surprisingly good hunting in Vermont. The best waterfowling occurs in the Champlain Valley, where numerous public wetlands and private farmland provide excellent hunting for ducks and geese.

White-Tailed Deer

All WMUs are open to the taking of antlerless deer.White-tailed Deer"Hunting" in Vermont means deer hunting. Almost all of the state's 65,000 resident hunters hunt deer at some point during the fall and more bucks are taken per square mile in Vermont than in any other New England state.

Wild Turkey

Vermont boasts the best wild turkey hunting iWild Turkeyn New England. Considered "Big Game" under Vermont law, you will easily understand why after hunting them. 

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Vermont Department of Fish & Wildlife
Commissioner Louis Porter

1 National Life Drive
Fish & Wildlife LogoDewey Building
Montpelier, VT 05620-3208
802-828-1000
fwinformation@vermont.gov

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