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.

Youth Waterfowl Hunting Weekend

A youngster’s first hunt can mark the beginning of a lifelong passion for the outdoors and a commitment to wildlife conservation. There is no finer time to begin this journey than during Vermont’s youth waterfowl hunting weekend.

Group of Youths

Hunter Ed FAQs

Answers to your questions about hunting safety in Vermont.

Canada Lynx or Bobcat? - Learn the Difference

Canada Lynx and Bobcat

Canada Lynx are a state endangered and federally threatened species. They are very similar in appearance and habits to bobcats, and their range overlaps with bobcats and other furbearer species. Knowing the difference between a lynx and a bobcat is critical to lynx survival.

Waterfowl Hunting Zones

To maximize hunting opportunities, Vermont is divided into three waterfowl hunting zones: Lake Champlain, Interior Vermont, and Connecticut River Zones.

Tips for Hunters - Being a Good Land User

Landowners who permit you to hunt on their land are doing you a favor and placing their trust in you. Here are some recommendations to prove their trust was not misplaced, help with your relationship with the landowner, and portray a positive image of hunting.

Tips for Mentoring Hunters

Mentors play a pivotal role in developing hunters. That first hunt can mark the beginning of a lifelong passion for the outdoors and a commitment to wildlife conservation. Make the most of your time together.

Youth with Mentor

Hunt Safe

No matter the age of the participant, hunting is one the safest outdoor activities. Youth hunters are some of the safest hunters when accompanied by an alert mentor.

Youth Hunting

Youth and Mentor in Snow

Young hunters in Vermont enjoy three special youth hunting seasons each year. These seasons increase hands-on use of sporting arms, reinforce hunting safety principles, improve understanding and interest in hunting and wildlife conservation, and emphasize the involvement of family and friends. Youth seasons always include direct, adult supervision.

Processing Your Deer

You had a successful hunt. Now what. Check out these videos to learn how to get your deer from field to table.

Field Dressing Your Deer

Skinning Your Deer


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