White-Tailed Deer

All WMUs are open to the taking of antlerless deer.White-tailed Deer"Hunting" in Vermont means deer hunting. Almost all of the state's 65,000 resident hunters hunt deer at some point during the fall and more bucks are taken per square mile in Vermont than in any other New England state.

Tips and Techniques

Finding a place to hunt is relatively easy, but hunters tend to congregate where deer are most numerous, typically on lowland farm country where posting is also common. However, the hunter who shows respect for the landowner and asks for permission to hunt can often find private land to hunt on.

Looking for Bigger Bucks

Wild Turkey

Vermont boasts the best wild turkey hunting iWild Turkeyn New England. Considered "Big Game" under Vermont law, you will easily understand why after hunting them. 

Kingdom Heritage Lands Road Conditions

Kingdom Heritage Land Roads

As of May 23, 2020

Roads on West Mountain Wildlife Management Area and the Silvio Conte National Wildlife Refuge are open. Please note individual roads may be closed temporarily for construction or timber harvest. Drive with caution and give trucks the right of way.

West Mountain Shooting Range

West Mountain Shooting Range

West Mountain Shooting Range will open Saturday, May 16. 

West Mountain Shooting Range in East Haven is free and open to the public, featuring a 100-yard shooting range and target frames set at 25, 50, 75 and 100 yard distances.

Hammond Cove Shooting Range

Hammond Cove Shooting Range

Hammond Cove Shooting Range will open Saturday, May 16. 

Hammond Cove Shooting Range in Hartland is free and open to the public, featuring a six-port 100-yard rifle range and a pistol bench.


The Hammond Cove Shooting Range is located at the end of Ferry Road in Hartland -

Shooting Ranges

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The Vermont Fish and Wildlife Department's department-owned shooting ranges will open Saturday, May 16. 

Safe, accessible and environmentally responsible shooting ranges are essential to hunter skill development and the safe use of firearms.


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Commissioner Louis Porter

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