Controlled Waterfowl Hunting at Mud Creek and Dead Creek

22 July 2019

The Vermont Fish & Wildlife Department now has information on its website ( about the 2019 controlled waterfowl hunts at Dead Creek Wildlife Management Area in Addison and Mud Creek Wildlife Management Area in Alburgh. 

Applications for hunting at Mud Creek on October 12 and 15 may be downloaded from the website, and printed applications will be available at Fish & Wildlife offices in Montpelier, Essex Junction, Addison, Barre, St. Johnsbury, Springfield, and Rutland.  The applications must be postmarked and returned no later than August 19.

Hunting on Oct. 12 and 15 at Mud Creek will be by pre-registration only, and blind sites will be assigned at the time of the permit lottery.  Any vacancies due to “no-shows” on those days will be filled on the morning of the hunt with a self-check-in process.  All other Tuesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays during the open seasons will be self-registration days with permits available at the Mud Creek operations building.

A public drawing to award Mud Creek hunting permits will be held Friday, August 23 at 12:00 Noon at the Fish & Wildlife Department office at 111 West Street, Essex Junction.  Attendance is not required.  Successful applicants will be notified by mail.

Controlled goose hunting at Dead Creek Wildlife Management Area will be run on a self-registration basis at the Dead Creek office every Tuesday and Thursday from October 11 through November 7, where maps and permits will be supplied.  

Friday, October 11 is a junior hunter day at Dead Creek.  Only hunters 17 years of age or younger on October 11 may self-register. 

Duck season opens on October 10 in the Lake Champlain and Interior Vermont Zones, and on October 2 in the Connecticut River Zone.  The Lake Champlain Zone has a split season (October 10 – November 1; November 23-December 29); the Interior Vermont Zone is a straight season (October 10-December 8); and the Connecticut River Zone is a split season (October 2-November 3; November 20-December 16).

A statewide early hunting season to control Vermont’s population of resident Canada geese will occur September 1-25.  A second Canada goose hunting season will be held October 10-November 8 in the Lake Champlain and Interior Vermont Zones.  Canada goose hunting in the Connecticut River Zone will continue October 2-November 3 and November 20-December 16.

Snow goose hunting is open from October 1- December 31 in the Lake Champlain and Interior Vermont Zones and October 2 - December 16 in the Connecticut River Zone.

Be sure to read the 2019-2020 Syllabus of State and Federal Hunting Regulations for Migratory Birds in Vermont available on Fish & Wildlife’s website. 

For Immediate Release:  July 22, 2019

Media Contact: David Sausville, 802-878-1564

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