Hunting

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.

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.

Furbearers and Trapping

BeaverFurbearer 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.

Crossbow Hunting

women with crossbowAs of January 1, 2020, any person may use a crossbow during any season when the use of bow and arrow is permitted.

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.

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.

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.

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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.