Where to Hunt Waterfowl

Two of the department’s Wildlife Management Areas – Dead Creek and Mud Creek are managed for controlled, public waterfowling, as is the federally owned Missisquoi National Wildlife Refuge.
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Controlled Hunts on WMAs

  • Dead Creek WMA Controlled Hunt

    Deadline to apply for a permit has past - application for the next years hunt will be available in August.

  • Mud Creek WMA Controlled Hunt

Deadline to apply for a permit for October 18 and 20, 2022 has past. Mud Creek will be closed to all hunting on opening day.
Hunting on all other Tuesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays during the open seasons will be self-registration days. On these days, permits will be available at the Mud Creek operations building, within the self-registration box.

There is no fee for the controlled hunting permits.

Hunting days at Mud Creek are limited to Tuesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays within the season set annually for the Interior Vermont Zone.

View Mud Creek Controlled Waterfowl Hunting Area Hunting Dates and Legal Shooting Times | PDF

Blind locations will be filled on a first come basis by self-registering at the Mud Creek operations building one and one-half hours before legal shooting time on each hunting day.

Hunting hours on the Mud Creek Controlled Waterfowl Hunting Area are from legal morning shooting time until 11:00 AM. Hunters must be checked out of the area by noon.

Each hunter may bring up to two guests with them.

In addition, a number of the department’s other WMAs were purchased with waterfowl and waterfowl hunting in mind. For more information, see Find a Place to Hunt.

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