New 2022 Laws

Learn about three new laws enacted in 2022. 

Act No. 159 (S.201). An act relating to best management practices for trapping

This act requires the Fish and Wildlife Department to work with the Legislature and the Fish and Wildlife Board to establish best management practices that modernize trapping and improve the welfare of wildlife taken with the use of traps. The process to establish these best management practices was initiated June 1, 2022, and a first set of draft recommended regulation changes became available on November 22, 2022.   

A public meeting to collect feedback will be held on November 29, 2022, and a report to the Legislature is due January 15, 2023.  The department will begin the rule making process with the Fish and Wildlife Board in February or March 2023. The Board will host another public meeting as part of that process. If you would like to send us comments at any point in this process, please email us at ANR.FWPublicComment@vermont.gov with the subject line “BMP Trapping Recommendations.”

It is expected that new regulations from this entire process will be finalized and become effective during the 2024 trapping season. No changes to trapping regulations will be made during the 2022/23 season.

Read the legislative summary or the full act or review the department’s most current draft of recommended regulation changes, below. Topics include fish and wildlife; trapping; best management practices.

Act No. 165 (S.281). An act relating to hunting coyotes with dogs

This act creates a moratorium on hunting coyotes with dogs, effective July 1, 2022, with some exceptions. The moratorium is in effect until the Fish and Wildlife Board establishes permitting rules for this practice. This act also authorizes the use of gun suppressors for hunting, effective June 1, 2022, until July 1, 2024. Read the legislative summary, or view the full act, below. Topics include: fish and wildlife; hunting; hunting coyote with dogs; use of gun suppressors to take game.

Act No. 110 (H.411). An act relating to the retrieval and use of covered wild animals. 

This act requires that hunters retrieve and use any legally harvested specimens of game or furbearer species, effective June 1, 2022. The species covered by this act are moose, deer, bear, wild turkey, gray squirrel, cottontail rabbit and snowshoe hare, game birds, crows, and furbearers. Legal uses for these species are food, fur, hide, feathers, or taxidermy. This act also requires that legally harvested coyotes must be retrieved. Read the legislative summary, or the full act, below. Topics include: fish and wildlife; hunting; retrieval and disposal of wildlife. 

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