Hunting

Essex District WMAs

Dead Creek

District 3 – Essex District : Addison, Chittenden, Franklin & Grand Isle Counties

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Youth Deer Weekend

Youth with DeerYoung Vermont hunters take to the field statewide during the annual youth deer weekend in October, three weeks before the opening day of the regular rifle deer hunting season in November. To participate, you must be 15 years old or younger on the weekend of the hunt and have successfully completed a hunter education course.

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

Moose

Bull MooseFor many hunters, drawing a coveted moose hunting permit is the hunt of a lifetime. Moose are managed through a permit lottery system, by management unit, allowing the department to limit or expand the harvest numbers annually by region.

Black Bear

Black BearVermont's most reclusive big-game animal is remarkably abundant. Vermont has one of the densest black bear populations in the country, most commonly found in the Green Mountains and Northeast Kingdom.

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. 

Instructor Resources

Hunter Education Instructors helping students

Thanks for volunteering. As a Hunter Education Instructor you are contributing to the future of hunting and trapping in Vermont. Use the links below to set up your classes, find training and teaching aids, as well as s pecial offers from retailers.

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Vermont Department of Fish & Wildlife
Commissioner Christopher Herrick

1 National Life Drive
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Montpelier, VT 05620-3702
802-828-1000
fwinformation@vermont.gov

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