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Hunting and Trapping Opportunities

two hunter walking on road in woods

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.

White Tailed Deer

White Tailed Deer
"Hunting" in Vermont means deer hunting. Almost all of the state's 73,000 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.

Black Bear Hunting

Vermont'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.


For 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.

Wild Turkey

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

Small Game

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

Upland Game Birds

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


Canada Goose in flight
Waterfowl 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.

Furbearers and Trapping

Furbearer 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.

Crossbow Hunting

Woman taking aim with a crossbow
As of January 1, 2020, any person may use a crossbow during any season when the use of bow and arrow is permitted.