Furbearer Hunting and Trapping

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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.

License Requirements

To purchase a trapping license you must have either:

Small Game

Cottontail RabbitVermont's varied habitats are home to locally abundant populations of cottontail rabbits, snowshoe hare, and gray squirrels.

Instructor Resources

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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.

Becoming a Hunter Education Instructor

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Vermont’s Hunter Education Program is always looking for volunteer instructors to teach hunting, bow hunting or trapping education. The work is demanding and the hours are often long and inconvenient. But instructors love their work because they know they are contributing to the future of hunting and trapping.

Find a Hunter Ed Course

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From a traditional classroom course to an online class, our Hunter Education Program has a class to fit your learning style.

First-time hunters, bowhunters and trappers must successfully complete their respective course to purchase their first license. All courses are led by certified volunteer instructors, classes and related materials are free, and are open to all ages and experience.

Youth Deer Weekend

Youth with DeerYoung 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.

Essex District WMAs

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

Select the WMA to view a map and description of the WMA

Find a Place to Hunt

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Thousands of acres of public lands are distributed widely across Vermont. Most of these lands are open to hunting, fishing, and other forms of wildlife-based recreation.

State Lands and State-managed Lands

State lands include Wildlife Management Areas, state forests, riparian lands and conservation easements.

Big Game Taken Outside Vermont

Follow these rules to legally transport and possess big game in Vermont that was legally taken in another state or country.


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Vermont Department of Fish & Wildlife
Commissioner Louis Porter

1 National Life Drive
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Montpelier, VT 05620-3702

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