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.

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.

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.

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

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.


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Commissioner Christopher Herrick

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