Where to Hunt Waterfowl

Two of the department’s Wildlife Management Areas – Dead Creek and Mud Creek are managed for controlled, public waterfowling, as is the federally owned Missisquoi National Wildlife Refuge.
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Controlled Hunts on WMAs

  • Dead Creek WMA Controlled Hunt

    Controlled waterfowl hunting will occur from legal shooting time until 11:00 A.M. every Tuesday and Thursday from October 18 through November 10, 2022.

    Hunting on the Goose Management Area will be assigned by lottery on September 2, 2022. Each permit winner may bring up to two (2) guests with them.

    On the morning of the hunt, permit holders will meet at the sign-in station near the Dead Creek Visitor Center one and one-half hours before shooting time (i.e. 2 hours before sunrise) to sign in.

    Friday, October 21 is a junior hunter day. Only hunters 17 years of age or younger on October 21, 2022 may apply for this day. Date of birth must be recorded on the application. The youth must be accompanied by an adult who may also hunt and may also bring one additional guest of any age.

    Blinds and decoys are not provided. Five hunting zones are available and will be assigned at the time of the drawing.

    There is no fee for the controlled hunting permits.

    Download Instructions and Application for Dead Creek WMA Goose Management Area
    Deadline to apply is Friday, August 26, 2022.
    Successful applicants will be notified no later than September 23, 2022.

  • Mud Creek WMA Controlled Hunt

    Pre-registration for controlled waterfowl hunting at Mud Creek WMA is required for Tuesday, October 18 and Thursday, October 20, 2022.
    Permits issued for the first two hunting days will be assigned a blind location (six blind locations are available) and all successful applicants will self-sign-in the day of the controlled hunt.

    Download Application and Instructions
    Deadline to apply is Friday, August 26, 2022

    Successful applicants will be notified no later than September 23, 2022.

    Mud Creek will be closed to all hunting on opening day. Hunting on all other Tuesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays during the open seasons will be self-registration days. On these days, permits will be available at the Mud Creek operations building, within the self-registration box.

    • Hunting days at Mud Creek are limited to Tuesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays within the season set annually for the Interior Vermont Zone.
    • Blind locations will be filled on a first come basis by self-registering at the Mud Creek operations building one and one-half hours before legal shooting time on each hunting day.
    • Hunting hours on the Mud Creek Controlled Waterfowl Hunting Area are from legal morning shooting time until 11:00 AM. Hunters must be checked out of the area by noon.
    • Each hunter may bring up to two guests with them.

    There is no fee for the controlled hunting permits.

In addition, a number of the department’s other WMAs were purchased with waterfowl and waterfowl hunting in mind. For more information, see Find a Place to Hunt.

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