Hunting

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.

West Mountain Shooting Range

West Mountain Shooting Range

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.

Location:

The West Mountain Shooting Range is located on the South American Pond Road on the West Mountain Wildlife Management Area in East Haven.

Hammond Cove Shooting Range

Hammond Cove Shooting Range

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.

LOCATION:

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

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.

Vermont Habitat Stamp

Funds raised from sales of Vermont Habitat Stamps go to the Species and Habitat Conservation Fund and is used to purchase and manage wildlife habitat in Vermont.

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.
hunter with decoys

Controlled Hunts on WMAs

  • Dead Creek WMA Controlled Hunt Application - Deadline to apply has past - application for the next years hunt will be available in August

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

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Vermont Department of Fish & Wildlife
Commissioner Louis Porter

1 National Life Drive
Fish & Wildlife LogoDavis 2
Montpelier, VT 05620-3702
802-828-1000
fwinformation@vermont.gov

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The mission of the Vermont Fish & Wildlife Department is the conservation of all species of fish, wildlife, and plants and their habitats for the people of Vermont.