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Hunting and Trapping Seasons

Vermont Hunting and Trapping Dates - printable pdf

Big Game 

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Season Dates Species
April 29 - April 30, 2023 Turkey: Youth & Novice Weekend
May 1 - May 31, 2023 Turkey: Spring Season
September 1 - November 10, 2023 Black Bear: Early Season 
September 1 - November 19, 2023 Black Bear: Resident Black Bear Hunters with use of dogs by permit 
September 15 - November 19, 2023 Black Bear: Nonresident Black Bear Hunters with use of dogs by permit 
October 1 - December 15, 2023 except closed during regular November season Deer: Archery
October 7 - October 20, 2023

Turkey: Fall Archery

- Statewide

October 21 - October 29, 2023

Turkey: Shotgun or Archery

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

October 21 - November 5, 2023

Turkey: Shotgun or Archery

- Limited to WMUs: F, K, N

October 21 - October 22, 2023 Deer: Youth Weekend and Novice Weekend
October 26 - October 29, 2023 Deer: Muzzleloader Antlerless - in select WMUs if antlerless permits are issued
November 11 - November 19, 2023 Black Bear: Late Season 
November 11 - November 26, 2023 Deer: Regular Season
December 2 - December 10, 2023 Deer: Muzzleloader
October 1 - October 7, 2023 - if permits are issued 
October 21 - October 26, 2023 - if permits are issued
Moose: Archery Only
Moose: Regular Season

 

Small Game 

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Season Dates Species

January 20, 2023 - April 11, 2023 &
August 25, 2023 - December 18, 2023

- Fridays, Saturdays, Sundays and Mondays only

Crow

September 1 - December 31, 2023 Gray Squirrel
September 24, 2022 - March 12, 2023
September 30, 2023 - March 10, 2024
Hare & Rabbit: All WMUs except D, E which will remain open until March 31
September 24, 2022 - March 31, 2023
September 30, 2022 - March 31, 2024
Hare & Rabbit: WMUs D, E

 

Upland Birds

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Season Dates Species
September 24 - December 31, 2023 Ruffed Grouse (Partridge)
2022-2023 Migratory Game Bird Seasons Woodcock

 

Waterfowl

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Season Dates Species
March 11, 2023 - April 22, 2023 Snow Goose - permit required
2022-2023 Migratory Game Bird Seasons Waterfowl: Youth Weekend
2022-2023 Migratory Game Bird Seasons Ducks, Coots, Mergansers, Canada Geese, Brant

 

Furbearer Hunting

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Season Dates Species
January 10 - February 7, 2023 Bobcat
March 20 - April 19, 2023 Muskrat
October 8 - December 31, 2023 Raccoon
October 22, 2022 - February 12, 2023
October 28, 2023 - February 11, 2024
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 22 - December 31, 2023 Mink, Skunk, Red & Gray Fox,
Raccoon, Coyote, Opossum, Weasel
October 22, 2022 - March 31, 2023
October 28, 2023 - March 31, 2024
Otter
October 22, 2022 - March 31, 2023
October 28, 2023 - March 31, 2024
Muskrat
October 22, 2022 - March 31, 2023
October 28, 2023 - March 31, 2024
Beaver
December 1 - December 16, 2023 Bobcat
December 1 - December 31, 2023 Fisher
No Open Season Marten, Lynx, Wolf
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