Animal Importation and Possession Rules

State law requires anyone wishing to purchase, possess, import, sell, exhibit or breed a pet or animal in Vermont to first determine if a permit is required. This page can help you.

Find A Wildlife Management Area

Dead Creek WMA

All Wildlife Management Areas (WMAs) are open to hunting, trapping, fishing, wildlife viewing and other wildlife-related outdoor activities.

The Fish & Wildlife Department currently owns 99 Wildlife Management Areas totaling more than 145,000 acres throughout Vermont.

Select a district to view maps and descriptions of WMAs in that district.

Fishing Seasons

Fishing is a great way to connect with nature and is a fun activity to share with friends and family. Check below to see what fishing opportunities are available throughout the year.

FREE Fishing Days - Saturday, January 25, 2020 and Saturday, June 13, 2020.
A day when anyone, resident or non-resident, can go fishing statewide without a fishing license!

Terrestrial Invasive Plant Resources

Use these resources to learn more about terrestrial invasive plant species, land management, and volunteer opportunities.

Basics of Invasives

What Makes a Plant Invasive? 

More on why invasive plants have a competitive advantage over native plants, where they invade, how they are spread, and why you should care. 

Permanent Licenses for People with Disabilities

Vermont offers no-cost licenses for individuals with disabilities.

Residents with Blindness

Disabled Veteran Fishing

A legally blind person who is a Vermont resident may apply for a free permanent fishing license. Documentation from the Division for the Blind and Visually Impaired is required.

Aquatic Invasive Animals

Use LIEP to learn more about common aquatic invasive animal species found in Vermont waters. 

Aquatic invasive animal species impact Vermont's ecosystems and recreational opportunities. These species can harm native animal populations and limit fishing and boating activities. However, there are many steps you can take to prevent the spread of these species and protect Vermont's waters. 

Water Chestnut

European Water Chestnut

European water chestnut grows in slow-moving, nutrient-rich rivers and lakes and can grow in shallow waters to depths of 16 ft. In Vermont, water chestnut has been found in southern Lake Champlain and its tributaries, Mississquoi Bay, Lake Bomoseen, and several other lakes and ponds throughout the state.


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Vermont Department of Fish & Wildlife
Commissioner Louis Porter

1 National Life Drive
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Montpelier, VT 05620-3702

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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.