Hunting

Hunter Ed FAQs

Answers to your questions about hunting safety in Vermont.

Becoming a Hunter Education Instructor

new hunter ed instructors

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.

Wildlife Management Units

WMU map

Wildlife management units are used to regulate the harvest of certain big game and small game species.

Wildlife management units (WMUs) were established in 1979 to regulate deer harvest on a geographical basis where deer densities mirrored the effects of habitat quality and winter severity. Since that time, WMUs have been applied to the management of moose, wild turkey, rabbit and hare populations on a regional basis.

St. Johnsbury District WMAs

Johnson Farm

District 5 – St. Johnsbury District: Caledonia, Essex & Orleans Counties

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

Springfield District WMAs

Atherton Meadow

District 1 - Springfield District : Windham & Windsor Counties

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

Rutland District WMAs

Bird Mountain

District 2 - Rutland District: Bennington & Rutland Counties

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

Barre District WMAs

Buck Lake

District 4 - Barre District : Lamoille, Washington & Orange Counties

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

Find a Place to Hunt

NEK landscape

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.

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.

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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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