Leashed Tracking Dogs for Recovery of Game

12 September 2022

The Vermont Fish and Wildlife Department is providing the following list of certified leashed tracking dog owners who volunteer during the hunting seasons to help hunters locate deer or bear that have been shot during hunting season but not yet recovered. 

The leashed tracking dog owners, who provide their services free of charge, must pass an extensive exam administered by Fish and Wildlife in order to be certified and licensed to provide their services. 

This list, which may be updated during hunting seasons, is available on the Vermont Fish and Wildlife website (www.vtfishandwildlife.com).


2022 Leashed Tracking Dog Owners

Name                          Town                          Phone Numbers

Tim Nichols                Granville, NY             518-642-3012             802-353-6020

Travis Nichols            Granville, NY             518-642-3012             518-932-6505

Nicholas Merritt         E Fairfield, VT           802-238-3884             802-922-2515

Mandi Harbec             Orleans, VT                802-323-3536

Bill Gaiotti                  Mt Tabor, VT              802-345-8500

John Lingner               Pownal, VT                 802-379-7774             802-823-9388

Mark Harbec               Orleans, VT                802-323-3536

Nick Smith                  Groton, VT                 802-584-3121

Matt Bourgeois           Whiting, VT                802-989-2213

Don Morgan                Charlotte, VT              802-557-5938             802-425-7097

Scott Newell               Groveton, NH             603-636-2264             603-631-0477

Riley Harrness            Newbury, VT              802-272-8955

Crystal Earle               Johnson, VT                802-730-5591

Courtney Davis           Troy, NH                     603-209-6548

Jason Cassant              Fort Ann, NY              518-796-3215

Matt Anderson            Orwell, VT                  802-318-0260

Steven Bourgeois        Bridport, VT               802-758-2526             802-989-0026

Steven Hawley            Rutland, VT                802-353-8542

Jeremiah Gracie          Lincoln, VT                802-349-4587

Mike Harbec               Orleans, VT                802-754-6371             802-323-4456

Tammy Barrows         Fairfax, VT                 802-338-6089

Gaberial Gervais         E Fairfield, VT           802-370-2288                                    

Shawn Lambert           Enosburg Falls, VT     802-582-0571                        

Justin Robert               Underhill, VT             802-324-2903                        

Jeremy Rhodes            Sharon, VT                 802-356-9209                        

Lucas Kane                 Highgate, VT              802-393-5335                       

Matthew Lynde           Halifax, VT                 802-490-8980

Tyler Bagster              Troy, NH                     603-762-6328

Dennis Jewett Jr          Bakersfield, VT          802-904-3423

Sierra Dudley              Jeffersonville, VT       802-309-7624

Robert Arel Jr             N Haverhill, NH         203-996-8851

Jason Minor                Fairfax, Vt                   802-370-4268

*Kristie Adams           Pittsford, VT               802-483-6257             802-558-1143

*Jim Bixby                 Ludlow, VT                802-228-8853             802-952-8323

*Kody Rhodes            Sharon, VT                 802-763-8480

*Shane Reed               Wells, VT                   802-287-0851

*Ethan Teaque            Franklin, VT               802-370-2831

*Mike Slattery            Essex Jct, VT              802-777-2485


* Semi-Active Trackers

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