Wildlife Viewing

Moose Family

By following some basic tips, you can get pretty close to wildlife in Vermont. But remember, be respectful and always maintain a safe distance from wildlife.

Blend In

Wear dull-colored clothing or camouflage, move slowly and stay quiet to avoid spooking wildlife.Consider using a blind or other natural cover.

Check the Season

We frequently update our website with seasonal information on the best wildlife watching opportunities for the current time of year.

Practice Patience

Guy with Binoculars

The patience required to view wildlife can greatly enhance the payoff when wildlife does finally present itself.

Bring the Right Tools

A spotting scope, binoculars, or a camera with a zoom lens can greatly enhance your ability to see wildlife.

Go at Dawn and Dusk

Most species are active during the first hours after dawn and a few hours before dusk.

Look Up and Down

Remember to scan the ground and up in the trees — you may spot the bird you’ve been looking for or a crouching bobcat you otherwise would have missed.

This tree shows sign of beaver activity

Watch for Signs

Wildlife leave trails behind, from an otter’s slide to bear droppings to moose trails through the woods. These are all known as “sign” and are an indicator that wildlife have been by recently.

Consider the Weather

Wildlife vary considerably in their level of activity based on the weather. For example, hawks are more likely to migrate on warm, clear days while ducks and moose are more active on cold, cloudy days. In general, most mammals and birds, from deer to squirrels to songbirds, tend to hunker down in stormy weather.

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Vermont Fish & Wildlife Department
Commissioner Christopher Herrick

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.