Hunting and Trapping Seasons

Vermont Hunting and Trapping Dates - printable pdf

Big Game 

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Season Dates Species
April 24 - April 25, 2021 Turkey: Youth Weekend
May 1 - May 31, 2021 Turkey: Spring Season
September 1 - November 12, 2021 Black Bear: Early Season 
September 1 - November 21, 2021 Black Bear: Resident Black Bear Hunters with use of dogs by permit 
September 15 - November 21, 2021 Black Bear: Nonresident Black Bear Hunters with use of dogs by permit 
October 1 - December 15, 2021 except closed during regular November season Deer: Archery
October 2 - October 22, 2021

Turkey: Fall Archery

- Statewide

October 23 - October 31, 2021

Turkey: Shotgun or Archery

- Limited to WMUs: B, D, G, H, I, J, L, M, O, P, Q

October 23 - November 7, 2021

Turkey: Shotgun or Archery

- Limited to WMUs: F, K, N

October 23 - October 24, 2021 Deer: Youth Weekend and Novice Weekend
October 28 - October 31, 2021 Deer: Muzzleloader Antlerless - in select WMUs if antlerless permits are issued
November 13 - November 21, 2021 Black Bear: Late Season 
November 13 - November 28, 2021 Deer: Regular Season
December 4 - December 12, 2021 Deer: Muzzleloader
TBA Moose

 

Small Game 

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Season Dates Species

January 15, 2021 - April 11, 2021 &
August 20, 2021 - December 19, 2021

- Fridays, Saturdays, Sundays and Mondays only

Crow

September 1 - December 31, 2021 Gray Squirrel
September 26, 2020 - March 14, 2021
September 25, 2021 - March 13, 2022
Hare & Rabbit: All WMUs except D, E which will remaim open until March 31
September 26, 2020 - March 31, 2021
September 25, 2021 - March 31, 2022
Hare & Rabbit: WMUs D, E

 

Upland Birds

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Season Dates Species
September 25 - December 31, 2021 Ruffed Grouse (Partridge)
2020-2021 Migratory Game Bird Seasons Woodcock

 

Waterfowl

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Season Dates Species
TBA Snow Goose - permit required
2020-2021 Migratory Game Bird Seasons Waterfowl: Youth Weekend
2020-2021 Migratory Game Bird Seasons Ducks, Coots, Mergansers, Canada Geese, Brant

 

Furbearer Hunting

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Season Dates Species
January 10 - February 7, 2021 Bobcat
March 20 - April 19, 2021 Muskrat
October 9 - December 31, 2021 Raccoon
October 24, 2020 - February 14, 2021
October 23, 2021 - February 13, 2022
Red & Gray Fox
No Closed Season Coyote
No Open Season Fisher, Otter, Beaver
No Open Season Marten, Lynx, Wolf

 

Furbearer Trapping

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Season Dates Species
October 23 - December 31, 2021 Mink, Skunk, Red & Gray Fox,
Raccoon, Coyote, Opossum, Weasel
October 24, 2020 - March 31, 2021
October 23, 2021 - March 31, 2022
Otter
October 24, 2020 - March 31, 2021
October 23, 2021 - March 31, 2022
Muskrat
October 24, 2020 - March 31, 2021
October 23, 2021 - March 31, 2022
Beaver
December 1 - December 16, 2021 Bobcat
December 1 - December 31, 2021 Fisher
No Open Season Marten, Lynx, Wolf
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