For 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.
Young Vermont hunters take to the field statewide during the annual youth deer weekend in November just prior to the opening weekend of Regular Firearm Season. To participate, you must be 15 years old or younger on the weekend of the hunt and have successfully completed a hunter education course.
Furbearer refers to mammals that traditionally have been hunted and trapped primarily for fur. Furbearers that are legally harvested for human use are always common and abundant.
As of January 1, 2020, any person may use a crossbow during any season when the use of bow and arrow is permitted.
Regulated hunting and trapping play important roles in conservation and management of furbearers. Trapping in Vermont is strictly regulated by the department, ensuring Vermont’s wildlife populations will be conserved for future generations of Vermonters.
To purchase a trapping license you must have either:
Vermont's varied habitats are home to locally abundant populations of cottontail rabbits, snowshoe hare, and gray squirrels.
Vermont'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.
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.