Crossbow Hunting


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

  • Crossbow disability permits are required for those 49 years and younger.
  • Includes archery deer, archery turkey and archery moose seasons.
  • Can be used during the entire archery deer season, including December archery.

Bowhunter Education

Bowhunter education is required of all first-time archery deer license buyers, regardless of age.The bowhunter education course is also required to hunt moose or turkey with a bow or crossbow.

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Crossbow Disability Permits

A person, 49 years and younger may be eligible to receive a disability crossbow permit. If you think you qualify, have your doctor fill out the application form. Once complete, contact your local warden and he or she will arrange a meeting to review the form with you and, if you qualify, issue the permit.

download a disability crossbow permit application contact a warden

Good to Know

  • Only uncocked crossbows may be transported in motor vehicles.
  • Be sure to review crossbow safety even if you have taken bowhunter education.

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Vermont Department of Fish & Wildlife
Commissioner Louis Porter

1 National Life Drive
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Montpelier, VT 05620-3702

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