Hunting

Springfield District WMAs

Atherton Meadow

District 1 - Springfield District : Windham & Windsor Counties

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

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 Safety

women with crossbowKeep these tips in mind when using a crossbow to ensure a safe and enjoyable hunt.

Using a Crossbow 

  • Keep the string waxed and lubricate the rail periodically.

  • Make sure your fingers are well away (below rail) from the path of the string and cables.

  • Never dry-fire a crossbow.

Upland Game Birds

Ruffed GrouseVermont offers some of the best upland game bird hunting in New England, particularly in the Northeast Kingdom.

Crossbow Hunting

women with crossbowAny person 50 years or older may use a crossbow during any season when the use of bow and arrow is permitted.

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.

Ruffed Grouse or Spruce Grouse?

Upland Game Bird PosterRuffed grouse are Vermont’s premier small game…. spruce grouse are a state endangered species. Killing or wounding a spruce grouse is a violation of Vermont Endangered Species Act and subject to a $2,000 fine.

Should I be concerned?

Ruffed grouse are found throughout Vermont.

St. Johnsbury District WMAs

Johnson Farm

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

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Barre District WMAs

Buck Lake

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

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Vermont Department of Fish & Wildlife
Commissioner Louis Porter

1 National Life Drive
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Montpelier, VT 05620-3702
802-828-1000
fwinformation@vermont.gov

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